Did you know that sunny Edmonton is home to a great number of flourishing industries that exposed their workers to cancer causing asbestos? And that many of its older public buildings and homes are rife with the toxic mineral? If you live and work in Edmonton or its surrounding areas in a high risk industry, you may have been exposed and be at risk for mesothelioma.
You know Edmonton is a hotbed of industrial and economic activity, but did you know many of the industries that have kept the city thriving have also been source of resident and worker asbestos contamination? If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you need to contact a mesothelioma lawyer. Bergman Draper Oslund has won substantial settlements for Canadian workers and their families who suffered illness or the loss of a family member due to asbestos exposure.
Where Are Some High Risk Areas for Asbestos in Edmonton?
If you worked on an oil rig or on Refinery Row, you were likely exposed to asbestos. It was used heavily in the oil industry and caused asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. Even fire suits used as safety equipment contained high levels of the potentially lethal substance.
Charles Camsell Hospital was closed in 1996 due in large part to the extensive asbestos in the structure. If you worked in or around the hospital, were a patient or visitor during any renovations, you may have been exposed to asbestos dust. Many old buildings like the tuberculosis hospital were constructed with asbestos materials that, when disturbed by repairs, maintenance or renovations, were released into the air, breathed in, tracked around and carried home on clothes, shoes, hair and skin.
Edmonton’s Law Courts Building is rife with asbestos and this is made worse because the 40 year old concrete building is crumbling. Structures in disrepair pose a risk because asbestos used in drywall, insulation, tiles and roofing materials are released when buildings fall apart. This is true for older public buildings, older homes and schools.
What Are Some of the High Risk Industries for Mesothelioma in Edmonton?
- Aircraft Production
- Aerospace and Aviation Mechanics
- Petrochemical and Chemical Plants
- Power Plants and Power Stations
- Oil Refineries
- Automotive Industry (Assembly, Production, Mechanics)
- Construction (Drywall, Masonry, Cement, Painter, Plasterer, Roofer)
- Repair & Maintenance (Plumber, HVAC Worker, Electrician)
- Labor (Sheet Metal, Crane Operator, Steamfitter, Warehouse Worker)
- Protective Clothing Manufacturing
It’s important to know that not only were workers in these industries at risk, but their loved ones were as well. Asbestos fibers came home on uniforms and work clothes, trapped in hair and clinging to skin. Hugs for your spouse or children could have exposed them to the deadly fibers that could one day make them sick.
How Long After Asbestos Exposure Does an Illness Begin?
Asbestos is a tricky and dangerous substance that affects each person differently. In general, asbestos illnesses incubate over time and the symptoms are often so benign, that problems go undiagnosed for years, often until the cancer or lung disease is in an advanced stage. It can be decades between asbestos exposure and diagnosis of an illness. Some people can be exposed just a few times and develop a serious lung disease – others will work for years under heavy exposure circumstances before they fall ill.
Many of those diagnosed with asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-induced disorders are not diagnosed until in their late 50s or older – some may be in their 70s or later when diagnosed. It seems wrong that after decades of hard work, when you are just beginning to enjoy your retirement, you’re hit hard by asbestos caused disease. And it’s likely all that hard work that exposed you to the asbestos that is making you or a loved one sick.
Pursuing a legal claim against the responsible party is critically important. Your medical treatment and the impact to your life caused by asbestos exposure should all be part of a compensation settlement for what was done to you. Bergman Draper Oslund has done extensive research on asbestos exposure in Edmonton and knows the best way to pursue a meaningful and fair claim for you.
How Do You Choose a Firm to Represent You for a mesothelioma claim?
Because mesothelioma cases are all we do, we have experience fighting for our Edmonton clients that you won’t find with any other firm. Bergman Draper Oslund has won over $700 million for mesothelioma victims and their families and we can help you. It’s important that you contact us as soon as possible to get started on a claim. A general purpose personal injury attorney is not the best choice – only a firm with expertise and experience with asbestos claims will get you the maximum settlement possible.
Our services are available at no up-front cost to you. If you or a loved one are dealing with mesothelioma, money is the last thing you need to worry about. We take cases on a contingency basis, which means we only get paid if we win you a settlement.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed mesothelioma or if you have lost someone because of mesothelioma, contact us today for a free consultation. We can tell you what your rights are to an asbestos claim and settlement. We’ll fight for you while you focus on your health and your family.