Canada has long been a hotbed for the asbestos industry. To the nation’s great embarrassment, until recently, Canada was the only G8 country that refused to acknowledge that asbestos is a hazardous material. But with one person dying every five minutes from mesothelioma and asbestos-related illnesses, isn’t it time that the businesses that profited from asbestos were made to pay for their abuses?
If you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease such as asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma, you may have a claim against the companies that exposed you to asbestos. As soon as you get a diagnosis, your next call should be to a reputable mesothelioma lawyer. Montreal has many firms to choose from, but Bergman Draper Oslund specializes in mesothelioma, so we are uniquely experienced and positioned to get you the maximum settlement for your circumstances.
Mesothelioma Is an Illness of the Hard Working
If you worked in one of these high risk industries and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related cancer or illness, you may be owed compensation for your medical condition. Do you work or did you work as a…
- Construction worker (commercial or residential)
- Tile installer
- Factory, industrial or chemical worker
- Asbestos abatement worker
- Firefighter, police or emergency medical worker?
Even if your profession isn’t on the list of high risk occupations, if you have mesothelioma or another asbestos related illness, you may have been exposed at work, by a loved one who worked in a high risk industry or in another manner that could allow you to make a claim for damage done by your illness.
Mesothelioma Is a Slow Moving, But Devastating Illness
Mesothelioma comes on slowly and takes years to rear its ugly head. Decades after you were exposed, the lining of your heart, lungs, abdomen or (for men) testicles can grow deadly tumors. Once diagnosed, life expectancy can be as short as eight to 18 months. It’s the stealth of this illness that makes it so devastating.
The early onset symptoms of mesothelioma are so trivial that you may not seek treatment and the illness can thrive in secret. What’s even worse about asbestos related cancer is that if you worked in a high risk industry in Montreal or anywhere in Canada, you may have unknowingly exposed your family to this toxic substance. Those dangerous little fibers came home on workers’ shoes, uniforms, hair and skin and were breathed in by your loved ones, potentially in toxic amounts.
Mesothelioma Is an Illness of the Older Worker
Most people diagnosed with mesothelioma are in their 50s or older who worked for decades in high-risk environments, never aware of the danger. Men are at five times more risk than women for mesothelioma and asbestos-induced cancers – primarily because they are more likely to have worked in high-risk industries. Caucasiansare more at risk than African-Americans – researchers aren’t sure why.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there’s a greater than 80% chance you were exposed on the job. Men are much more likely to develop mesothelioma in their lungs while women tend to develop it in their lungs or abdomen.
Mesothelioma Is All We Do and We Do It Well
Once you are diagnosed with this serious illness, you should immediately contact a mesothelioma lawyer. Montreal has many firms to choose from, but Bergman Draper Oslund is unique in that asbestos cases are all we do. Our expertise is in negotiating the best settlements for our Montreal clients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. We have won more than $700 million for mesothelioma victims and their families.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us today for a free consultation on your rights to a settlement. Our expertise is yours for the asking.