London, like most other Canadian cities, used the toxic substance asbestos for insulation and fireproofing in most pre-1970s structures including homes, factories and government buildings. If you live in or around London and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you could have been exposed at home, on the job, while in the hospital or at school.
In older homes, asbestos insulation was used in walls, attics and around fixtures. If you’ve had any renovations or repairs in your home, you could have been exposed to asbestos. If you have asbestos insulation in your attic and store and retrieve things from there, you could have breathed in the deadly fibers and then brought them into your living area with you. Asbestos fibers cling to skin, hair and clothing and follow you everywhere, potentially exposing your loved ones as well.
What Industries Exposed Workers to Asbestos?
It’s not just at home that you could have been exposed, but many industries in London put employees at risk by using the deadly fiber as components in manufacturing, construction and even in safety equipment. Sometimes it was employers that knowingly exposed workers and sometimes it was third party parts and suppliers who concealed information about asbestos that was harmful to workers.
Some of the facilities in and around London that may have exposed workers to asbestos include:
- Electro-motive locomotive manufacturing plant
- General Motors assembly plant
- Toyota assembly plant
- Advance Manufacturing Technologies
- Ford Motor assembly plant (now shuttered)
- 3M manufacturing facility
- London international airport
- London and Port Stanley railways
Who Is At Risk for Asbestos?
Workers in high asbestos risk industries in London were not only exposed day after day, but they also brought the dangerous substance home with them. Asbestos fibers can cling to work clothes, hats, skin or hair and follow workers home. From there, hugs could spread the fibers to family and friends. Whoever laundered your work clothes or uniforms could easily have inhaled the asbestos. Recent lawsuits have established the link between second-hand asbestos exposure and cancer and revealed how loved ones were unknowingly put at risk.
If you or anyone in your family has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should contact us now for a free consultation. Unlike most other cancers, mesothelioma is nearly always the result of asbestos exposure which means you may be due compensation for your illness.
What Are Some of the Jobs That Exposed Workers to Asbestos?
Many industries exposed workers to asbestos, and in turn the workers may have unknowingly exposed family members. If you worked in one of these jobs or aren’t sure if your occupation was high-risk, contact us to find out more. Here are just a few of the jobs where workers were exposed to the deadly substance:
- Commercial and residential construction
- Oil rig and refinery workers
- Shipbuilders, dockworkers, ship maintenance and repair workers
- Workers in wood, paper and pulp mills
- Smelters and metal workers
- Home remodelers, maintenance and repair workers
- Electricians, plumbers, roofers, tile installers
- Drywall and sheetrock workers
- Military including soldiers and sailors both
- Law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency workers
Even if your industry is not on the list, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there’s a high likelihood it was caused by on the job exposure. We have an extensive list of job sites and employers where workers were exposed. Let us help you find the answers you need.
Is Mesothelioma Only Caused By Asbestos?
The majority of mesothelioma cases can be linked to asbestos. This is a relatively rare cancer and one that was mostly avoidable if you had never been exposed to the toxic material. It’s also important to understand that prolonged exposure is not always a factor in developing asbestos-caused diseases. You or a loved one may have worked briefly in a high-risk industry, lived in a home that had asbestos in breathable areas or inhaled it from the work clothes of a friend or family member.
Some people can work around asbestos for years, constantly exposed and never develop mesothelioma. Still others can be exposed just a few times and develop the deadly disease. Asbestos is a slow moving killer. After exposure (whether brief or prolonged), the disease gestates over decades. Symptoms can be mild and include shortness of breath and chest pain that can be easily attributed to other causes and ignored.
Is Mesothelioma Curable?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma. But recent advances in treatment and symptom management can prolong life expectancy. Because mesothelioma is usually diagnosed only when it is extremely advanced (Stage III or Stage IV), the time between diagnosis and loss of life was once only a few months. But now, depending on whether your cancer has metastasized and where it is localized, there are curative options that may extend your life for several years after diagnosis.
Surgery to excuse tumors, chemotherapy and radiation can prolong your life if your mesothelioma hasn’t spread extensively. If it has spread, your doctor will likely only pursue palliative measures – those intended to extend your life span (if possible) and to make your final months (or years) as pain free as possible.
Pursuing a mesothelioma claim against whoever is responsible for exposing you to asbestos is important to ensure that you can afford the best medical care possible – to extend your life and the time you can spend with loves ones – or simply to ensure you are comfortable and well taken care of for the time you have remaining. A substantial settlement can also allow you to leave a financial nest egg for your loved ones who survive you.
Can Any Lawyer Help Me With My Mesothelioma Claim?
Just as you don’t want your transmission rebuilt by a plumber, so it is with legal work. Custody and adoption are best handled by a family law specialist. Tax attorneys are who you can trust with your finances and when it comes to your mesothelioma case, you want someone with specific expertise and an extensive track record winning settlements for asbestos victims.
Because we have years of experience with asbestos cases, we have researched industries and job sites in London and all across Ontario where workers and their families were exposed to the deadly mineral. What’s more, Bergman Draper Oslund has won over $700 million in asbestos related damages for victims and their families. That’s a track record we’d like to put to work for you.
If you live in or near London and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or have lost a loved one to mesothelioma, contact us today. We will discuss your claim in a free consultation and tell you what rights you may have to a settlement for your loss or illness. There is no fee if we do not get a settlement for you, so there’s no risk in calling to discuss your circumstance. Don’t wait – our expertise is yours for the asking.