You don’t always know when you’re exposed to asbestos. The exposure could be subtle, and it may not occur to us until years down the road.
However, realizing (even years later) that you came face-to-face with a carcinogen is a terrifying experience. A million thoughts may run through your head. You may think about your health, your family, your job – it can be overwhelming.
If you find yourself in such a situation, here’s what to do next.
Don’t panic; see a doctor
Obviously, it can be easy to panic, but this is the worst thing you can do. Its important to act rationally and calmly. After all, not everyone exposed to asbestos develops cancer or even a serious illness. Making a rash decision will only create more problems for yourself.
It’s important to be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible. Do not attempt to evaluate yourself.
Acting fast is important as cancer is far more treatable in its early stages. And again, most people exposed to asbestos do not develop a serious illness as a result.
Call a lawyer to know your legal options
Contacting a lawyer is critical, even if you don’t suspect your sick. A lawyer can begin gathering evidence and crafting a legal strategy in case you pursue litigation later on.
Being diagnosed with a serious illness, such as cancer, because someone else cut corners is infuriating. If they had only acted responsibly, maybe you wouldn’t be in this situation.
However, you don’t have to suffer in silence. The law of Washington State creates a cause of action for those who develop cancer due to asbestos exposure. A successful suit may result in a considerable financial award, signaling relief for both yourself and your family.
The first step is contacting an experience asbestos lawyer. If cost is a concern, many lawyers offer a free initial consultation at no out-out-of-pocket cost to the client.