If you love the water, Halifax is a prime spot for boaters and fishing, but unfortunately it’s also home of many industries that put workers at risk for asbestos exposure which can cause mesothelioma. Shipyards, rail yards and waterborne industries are key employers in this foggy city. And many of these facilities used asbestos in their construction, components of manufacturing, safety equipment and more.
Asbestos was heavily used up through the early 1980s despite the emergence of warnings about health risks associated with inhaling the substance. But because asbestos was so cheap to use and so effective as a fire proofing material, companies continued to use it knowing they were risking the health of their workers. This is a terrible case of profits before people that has left thousands of Halifax workers and retirees at risk for mesothelioma – a terminal illness.
What Are the Most Common Places for Asbestos Exposure?
Most mesothelioma cases involve workers in high risk industries in Halifax who labored for decades only to find that what they thought would be relaxing retirement years have been cut short by a terrible illness. Mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases are illnesses of the hardest working and that’s a dreadful reward for a lifetime of hard work.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, most likely it was caused by asbestos and most likely you were exposed to it on the job. If you worked in one of these Halifax industries – even if only for a short period of time – you could have been exposed to enough asbestos to cause mesothelioma or lung cancer:
- Sailors and Shipyard Workers
- Auto Mechanics and Auto Workers
- Plumbers and Pipefitters
- Construction and Drywall Workers
- Sheet Metal Workers and Machinists
- Plant and Maintenance Workers
- Boilermakers and Welders
- Carpenters and Electricians
- Firefighters and Rescue Workers
- Military and Coast Guard
Virtually all structures – both commercial and residential – built in Halifax from the early 80s and prior heavily used asbestos in construction for insulation, fireproofing, roofing materials, tile and flooring. The very walls and ceilings of many structures are loaded with asbestos and if it is left undisturbed, you’re likely not at risk. But whenever there’s damage to walls, roofs, floors and drywall, asbestos can leach out into your breathing air. You can’t see asbestos – it’s microscopic and not visible to the naked eye. You can be exposed and have no idea it’s happening until it’s too late.
What Are Some of the Work Sites That May Have Exposed Workers to Asbestos?
As listed above, there are many careers that put workers into contact with the toxic substance and placed them at risk for mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. Here’s a partial list of some of the Halifax job sites that may have put workers at risk for asbestos exposure:
- Government offices and public buildings
- Courthouses, fire and police stations
- Port of Halifax
- Halifax Harbour
- CFB Halifax
- Canadian Coast Guard
- Port of Sheet Harbour
- Canadian National Railway
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s important that you find out if you’re owed a claim for illness to help fund your medical treatment or leave a financial bequest for your family.
How Long Does It Take for Mesothelioma to Be Diagnosed?
Mesothelioma is a slow, silent killer. This is unfortunate. When cancer – any cancer – is diagnosed early on, the odds of successfully treating its drastically increase. Unfortunately, mesothelioma gestates in your lungs, and can be silent for decades before striking. The symptoms are mild – chest pressure or shortness of breath – and not particularly alarming. This is why it goes largely untreated in early stages. Most mesothelioma cases are not diagnosed until they hit stage three or four when the prognosis is grim.
Asbestosis may be diagnosed within 20 years of exposure because it is the most aggressive of the asbestos-caused illnesses, but mesothelioma can go undetected for 40 or 50 years. It strikes many older people who are just beginning to enjoy their retirement, only to find their golden years cut short. That’s why, if you’ve diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s important to contact a reputable attorney who has experience with mesothelioma claims. Pursuing a settlement against the parties responsible for your illness can provide a financial cushion that will be much needed as your illness progresses.
How Do You Pursue a Claim for Mesothelioma?
If you have mesothelioma, it’s very likely that it is due to asbestos exposure. The key to getting a financial settlement for the damage done to your health is to trace how you were exposed and who is responsible. Because Bergman Draper Oslund only handles mesothelioma cases, we have compiled extensive research about job sites and exposure– in Halifax, greater Nova Scotia and all of Canada.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us as soon as possible to get your claim started. We have a track record of winning significant settlements for our clients and are ready to help you. We have won over $700 million in asbestos exposure damages for people just like you. Our expertise is yours for the asking. We are here to help. Contact us today.