Asbestos has long been big business in Canada despite the inherent danger in working with the toxic substance. Canada has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma and asbestos-caused cancers because of this hazardous mineral’s abundance. Factory workers in the tri-cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge were exposed to asbestos to some extent – and many to possibly lethal levels. What’s worse is this could have been prevented if the risks had been made public.
Where Could You Have Been Exposed to Asbestos?
Manufacturing facilities, older university buildings, pre-1970s public buildings including courthouses, hospitals and detention centres were all built using asbestos products. Drywall, insulation and fire-proofing materials containing asbestos were widely used in the 1970s and prior periods. If the area with asbestos stays sealed, the risk is minimal, but when older buildings start to decay, the deadly substance leaches out and risks those nearby.
It’s not just at work that you could have been exposed. Most older homes were built with asbestos products. If you have a home built in the 1970s or earlier, you likely have asbestos in your walls, attic and around ceiling fixtures. Using your attic for storage (as most people do) exposes you to harmful asbestos every time you head upstairs to retrieve or put something away. If your items or you come into contact with asbestos, you can bring the fibers back down with you and expose your children or other family members to it.
What Kitchener Area Industries Exposed Workers to Asbestos?
Some of the factories and manufacturing facilities in the tri-cities area that exposed workers include:
- Seat manufacturing
- Furniture manufacturing
- Auto parts manufacturing
- Shoe manufacturing
In these industries, asbestos was used in facility construction for insulation, tile, roofing materials and fire safety materials. But the hazardous substance was also used in the manufacture of the products themselves, particularly in seat and auto parts manufacturing!
Mesothelioma and lung cancer risks due to asbestos exposure are not limited to those facilities. There are many jobs in K-W that exposed workers to cancer and mesothelioma including:
- Mechanics and Machinists
- Carpenters and Welders
- Construction and Drywall Workers
- Boilermakers and Sheet Metal Workers
- Plumbers and Pipefitters
- Plant and Maintenance Workers
How Long after You’re Exposed Will Symptoms Emerge?
Lung cancer caused by asbestos and mesothelioma (which is almost always caused by asbestos), can incubate for decades. The symptoms are so mild that they may not be recognized or taken seriously at first. This means that the diseases are often in their late stages when diagnosed and can take your life within a few months or years.
Another exposure disease -asbestosis – is much faster moving. The illness can become full-blown in as little as seven years and can be fatal within 20. Asbestosis is bad enough on its own, but is made worse because it scars your lungs, weakening them and making it easier for cancer and other lung diseases to take hold.
Is It Only Workers That Are at Risk?
No, it’s not just the workers in K-W that were exposed. If you worked around asbestos or had a family member that did, their uniform, work clothing, hair and skin retained asbestos and the deadly fibers followed them home. Bergman Draper Oslund recently won a $1.1 million asbestos claim for a woman who developed mesothelioma as a result of second-hand asbestos exposure. Her husband was a tile installer and asbestos from the tile clung to his work clothes and simply living with him, hugging him and laundering his work clothes exposed her for years to the dangerous mineral. She now has late stage mesothelioma which has left her home bound with little quality of life and just months left to live.
What Is Your Mesothelioma Case Worth?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you need experienced legal representation to get you the settlement you deserve for what you’re going through. Mesothelioma lawsuit settlements can range greatly from tens of thousands to several million dollars. Your compensation will vary based on the severity of your illness, how you were exposed, who is responsible for your exposure and the experience of your mesothelioma lawyer.
Because we specialize in mesothelioma, we know how to best pursue your claim. We have years of expertise negotiating valuable settlements for our clients. Bergman Draper Oslund has won over $700 million in asbestos related damages for victims and their families. That’s a track record few other law firms can claim. Our experience is yours for the asking.
If you live in or near Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or have lost a loved one to mesothelioma, contact us now. We will discuss your claim in a free consultation and tell you what rights you have to a settlement for your loss or illness. There’s no risk in calling to discuss your circumstance – if we don’t win, there is no fee. Don’t wait – we’re here to help you.