Asbestos mining and processing was a large part of Canada’s economy for many decades despite the risk to workers. In fact, Canada has high rates of mesothelioma occurrence because of the prevalence of this dangerous mineral in so many industries. Sherbrooke workers could have been exposed to asbestos on a variety of job sites because too many companies failed to protect their employees.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, Bergman Draper Oslund can help you get answers you deserve.
What Jobs Could Have Exposed Workers to Asbestos?
One extremely high risk job is asbestos mining and within 35 miles of Sherbrooke is the town of Asbestos – the site of the Jeffrey mine – the world’s largest asbestos mine. Workers were at risk for exposure to asbestos if they worked in the mine itself or in industries associated with processing the toxic fiber. Beyond asbestos mining, construction-related work carries one of the highest risks for developing mesothelioma.
Other professions that exposed workers to asbestos include:
- Refinery and factory workers
- Auto mechanics, auto parts salespeople, brake shop workers
- Construction, drywall workers, roofers, tile and brick layers
- Sheet metal workers and machinists
- Boilermakers and welders
- Carpenters, electricians and plumbers
- Firefighters and rescue workers
- Railway and railyard workers
- Shipyard workers (military and private)
- Building inspectors
- Demolition and wrecking crews
As far back as the 1920s, asbestos was known to be a health risk for workers that came into contact with it, but industries chose to keep this information hidden. By the 1970s when it was no longer possible to hide the fact that tens of thousands of workers were getting sick from asbestos exposure, employers still did not properly warn or protect workers. Why? It was all about profits for these businesses rather than worker safety and protecting them from a substance that was known to cause terminal illness.
What If You Never Worked in One of These Industries?
Even if you never worked in one of the jobs listed above, you could have still been exposed to asbestos. The substance was used in Sherbrooke extensively for fire-proofing and insulation in homes, public buildings, universities, hospitals and schools. As long as asbestos is in a sealed area and left undisturbed, it may not be dangerous. But when damage occurs to these structures or they become dilapidated (as is common in public buildings), asbestos fibers can leech out of even tiny cracks and into the breathing air.
Because asbestos is not visible to the naked eye – it’s microscopic – you would never know that it’s near you, that you were breathing it in or taking it home with you on your clothes, skin and hair. When someone unknowingly brings asbestos home with them and exposes their loved ones, that’s called secondary exposure and it’s disturbingly common. Asbestos could be transferred from family hugs, doing laundry or just sharing living space.
Did Asbestos Exposure Cause Your Mesothelioma?
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s very likely that asbestos is to blame. If you worked in a high risk industry, you may have had co-workers already diagnosed with this terrible illness before you received your diagnosis. But just because you have an idea of where you were doesn’t mean that they are the party ultimately responsible for compensating you for the damage to your health.
Many companies have declared bankruptcy to try to avoid asbestos liability and still others have been sold to larger parent corporations. Even though it’s complicated, we can track down who’s responsible for your mesothelioma and can pursue a compensation claim for your illness. It’s important that you demand they be held accountable for their negligent actions towards workers – no company should be allowed to put workers in harm’s way for profits for decades without being answerable!
What If You Haven’t Worked in a High Risk Industry for Years?
Mesothelioma is a slow moving disease that can take decades to progress to a terminal illness. There are usually long years between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma diagnosis – typically many decades. It can be 50 years between when you worked in a job that exposed you (or your loved ones) to asbestos and when it’s diagnosed. The symptoms of mesothelioma are usually very mild and go undetected for far too long.
Most mesothelioma is diagnosed in Stage III or IV when the illness is so advanced that there are few treatment options available. For most who are diagnosed with mesothelioma, it strikes just as they’ve retired and begun to enjoy their golden years. Pursuing a financial settlement from the corporations responsible for your asbestos exposure can help you afford treatments, palliative care, hospice or to leave a financial bequest to your loved ones.
No matter if you’re not sure where you could have been exposed to asbestos, if you have mesothelioma, asbestos is likely the cause and we can help you discover who is responsible and hold them accountable for the damage to your health and life. Because asbestos law and mesothelioma are all we do, we have extensive job site exposure records and have done exhaustive research on sources of asbestos exposure. Let us help you today.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact Bergman Draper Oslund as soon as possible to get started on your claim. We have a track record of winning significant settlements for mesothelioma victims and can help you too. We have won more than $700 million in asbestos damages for our clients. Our expertise is yours for the asking. Let us help. Contact us today.