The government in Ottawa has been taking a lot of heat over continuing to mine and export asbestos for years – long after every other industrialized nation abolished it. It’s ironic then that many government employees in Ottawa are at risk for asbestos-related illnesses such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Those who constructed, maintained and worked in the many government offices all across Ottawa are at risk for asbestos-induced illnesses. Not only are the workers themselves at risk, so are their families. Beyond the government link, many other skilled labor industries are at risk for developing asbestos-caused illnesses. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we can help you find out how you were exposed and whether you are due compensation.
Mesothelioma Strike’s Ottawa’s Hardest Working
It’s unjust that working hard is likely what led to your illness. The highest mesothelioma risk belongs to skilled laborers. Cancer causing asbestos fibers were used in insulation, gaskets and brakes, construction grade adhesives, flooring, tile, electrical components and fireproofing materials.
If you worked in one of these skilled trades and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, you were likely exposed on the job. Most of these professions have a 1 in 10 (or higher) risk of developing asbestosis, mesothelioma or another form of asbestos-caused lung cancer:
- Bricklayers and Roofers
- Sailors and Shipyard Worker
- Construction and Drywall Workers
- Sheet Metal Workers
- Demolition Workers
- Plumbers and Pipefitters
- Plant and Maintenance Workers
Risks of Asbestos-Induced Disease Were Kept Hidden from Workers
Many asbestos manufacturers deliberately hid the dangers associated with their products. In fact, the risks were kept under wraps for decades. Asbestos was linked to lung problems and fatalities beginning in the early 1900s. But it wasn’t until 70 years later that the risks were taken more seriously and steps taken to protect consumers, but workers were left at risk for many more years.
But why would Ottawa’s businesses knowingly put workers in harm’s way by continuing to promote the use of asbestos? As is often the case where workers are put at risk, it’s all about financial gain. Asbestos remains one of the cheapest and most effective fireproofing materials and that made it a high profit product. But for the millions of workers and their families exposed to asbestos, that’s little comfort.
Even a Small Amount of Asbestos Exposure Can Lead to Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer
What’s shocking about asbestos exposure and risk for lung disease is that there is not always a correlation between the number of times you are exposed or the intensity of your exposure to asbestos and your risk of asbestosis, mesothelioma or other lung disease or cancer. Some people can work for decades in an industry with daily exposure to the toxic substance and never get sick. Still others can be briefly exposed and develop a terrible form of the disease.
There are other factors that can make you more or less susceptible to this disease. You may have been exposed by your spouse or parent if they worked in a high-risk asbestos industry from after-work hugs, laundering their work clothes or from fibers they shed around your home.
This is why it’s critically important that you contact an experienced asbestos attorney. Our extensive research and database of asbestos related complaints will help us trace the source of your illness to see if you are entitled to compensation.
Mesothelioma Cases Are All We Do – It’s Our Expertise
Bergman Draper Oslund only takes mesothelioma disease cases. We have won victory after victory for our Ottawa clients that were exposed and made ill through no fault of their own. With over 700 million in settlements for mesothelioma victims and their families, we have the experience to help you too.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us today for a free consultation on your rights to a settlement so we can get to work for you right away!