Saskatchewan has seen many of its residents sickened with asbestos-related illnesses. There have been so many occurrences that a recent law named for one asbestos victim, Howard Willems, called “Howard’s Law” has now mandated the establishment of an asbestos registry so that any public building with asbestos in the structure must be reported. This will help make it easier for mesothelioma victims who were exposed to asbestos in these public structures to seek compensation for their damages.
This is a step in the right direction, but unfortunately asbestos exposure happened in far more places than just public buildings. Asbestos exposure occurred factories, plants, refineries, schools, auto mechanic shops, courthouses, hospitals, jails, homes and many other locations. Because of its widespread use, it can be difficult to know where you were exposed to asbestos, but we can help.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or have lost a loved one to this terrible illness, you deserve compensation for what happened to you. Bergman Draper Oslund can help.
What Regina Work Sites Put Workers at Risk?
There are certain industries that have long been associated with asbestos use and mesothelioma sickness in workers. Here is a listing of just some of the jobs and work locations that could have put Regina workers at risk:
(1) Oil refineries
(2) Natural gas facilities
(3) Potash mines and facilities
(4) Kaolin plants
(5) Sodium sulphate reservoirs and plants
(6) Bentonite plants
(7) Steel mills and fabricators
(8) Zonolite and vermiculite plants
In addition to these industries that are specific to Regina, there are jobs that are located in every area in Saskatchewan and Canada at large where workers were potentially exposed to deadly asbestos. These include:
(2) Building inspectors
(3) Construction workers
(4) Railway workers (including rail brake installers/mechanics)
(5) Brake shop workers and auto mechanics
(6) Tile layers, roofers, insulations installers
(7) Demolition, wrecking and cleanup crews
Why Are These Jobs and Industries At-Risk for Asbestos Exposure?
Asbestos fibers are microscopic – they can’t be seen by the naked eye – so in most cases, workers had no idea they were being exposed to the toxic fiber. Asbestos has been used extensively for over a century because it’s cheap and extremely fire-resistant. When it was first put into use over 100 years ago, companies didn’t know that using it in construction, manufacturing and other industries posed a health risk. In the 1920s, after some workers were observed falling ill with lung disorders, some corporations commissioned studies to see if there was a link between asbestos and illness.
When it was found that asbestos was making workers sick, instead of stopping the use of the deadly substance, they buried their findings because the truth would have cost them. Instead, by choosing profit before people, companies have knowingly continued to expose workers for decades since then and tens of thousands of needless deaths have occurred as a result.
What’s worse is that more studies have been conducted since that strengthened the correlation between asbestos exposure and the risk of mesothelioma and lung cancer. Yet up until very recently, asbestos has been heavily used simply because it was convenient and profitable to do so.
Why Is It Important to Seek Restitution for Asbestos Exposure that Caused Illness?
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there’s a good chance that it was caused by asbestos and was no fault of your own. As explained above, some corporations chose profit before people and knowingly used asbestos that would expose and ultimately claim the lives of many workers. Sometimes the direct employer was culpable for the exposure but in other cases, they may also been in the dark and it was a supplier or other corporation that was ultimately responsible.
No matter what corporation we ultimately find was the cause of your asbestos exposure and illness, it’s important that they be held accountable for their actions that put workers’ lives at risk. If corporations aren’t made to answer for their actions that harm workers, they will feel free to continue to make bad choices that hurt people. So it’s not just your sickness that’s an issue – your silence allows abuse to continue and irresponsible corporations to profit from unethical choices.
Bergman Draper Oslund has extensive experience with asbestos cases and claims. Because we have solely handled mesothelioma for decades, we have detailed worksite exposure data that we can use to trace how you were exposed and which company (or companies) are responsible for your illness. No matter if you’re not sure how or when you came into contact with asbestos, we can help get you the answers you deserve.
Because mesothelioma is such a slow-moving disease, you could have been exposed to the asbestos that sparked your illness decades ago. Exposure could have been brief and intense, mild and prolonged or anywhere in between. Studies have shown that even small amounts of asbestos inhaled can cause cancer to start forming in the lungs. Some people are more sensitive to the ravages of asbestos while others can breathe it for years without cancer occurring.
Mesothelioma is an unfair and inconsistent disease that can strike one person that worked side by side with another person that will never fall ill. And because mesothelioma takes so long to develop symptoms that are noticeable, it’s often in a late stage when it’s diagnosed and treatment options are limited – or off the table altogether – and it’s only a matter of making the victim comfortable for the time they have left.
Whether it’s you personally that was stricken by this devastating disease or a loved one – Bergman Draper Oslund can help you get the answers you need and compensation you deserve. Seeking financial compensation for your asbestos exposure can help pay for medical care, palliative treatment and to leave a financial bequest for your family. And it sends a message to corporations that they must act ethically when it comes to working conditions for employees!
We’ve been fighting for decades to help workers exposed to mesothelioma-causing asbestos.Not only is asbestos law all we do, but we have an excellent track record of settlements obtained for our clients. We have litigated and negotiated more than $700 million for our mesothelioma clients. One recent verdict we won for a long-time maritime worker was in excess of $1.4 million. Call us today to see how we can help you!