As a major metropolitan city, St. John’s has a rich economic history and has played host to a variety of industries, some which saw workers exposed to asbestos on the job. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have worked your whole career in an industry known for asbestos problems and can be sure where your exposure occurred.
But for many others, knowing where they were exposed to asbestos is a lingering and painful uncertainty. Bergman Draper Oslund can help provide answers for those who aren’t sure how or when they were exposed to the asbestos that caused their mesothelioma. No matter the circumstances surrounding your illness, we can help.
What Are Some of the Industries that Exposed Workers to Asbestos?
Asbestos was widely used in ship building, construction of aircraft and submarines. The Royal Canadian Navy relied on asbestos insulation and used the toxic substance to line bulkheads, to insulate pipes and boilers and as insulation for electronic equipment. An ever-increasing number of Navy veterans have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis and other lung cancers.
But it’s not just the military that relied on the cheap fireproofing substance – far too many companies at one point in time used the substance because it was cheap and readily available – despite that it put workers at risk. Construction industries are another high-risk category for mesothelioma because of the prevalence of asbestos in insulation as well as in building materials such as roofing supplies, drywall, tile and many others.
Here are some of the other industries that potentially exposed workers to asbestos:
• Oil and gas industries
• Royal Canadian Navy and Air Force
• Canadian Armed Forces
• Shipbuilding and shipyards
• Refineries and mines
• Construction and demolition
Where Are Some Specific Areas in St. John’s that Asbestos Has Been Discovered?
One of the tricky things about asbestos is that if properly contained, it doesn’t pose a health risk, but if released into the air and breathed in, the results can be devastating. Asbestos studies have been conducted in many public building that have undergone renovations – one such being Memorial University of Newfoundland where it was found in many areas and materials used in construction that had become worn and were leeching the substance.
When the Janeway Hospital was demolished, there was a problem with asbestos containment. Any time older buildings become dilapidated or are torn down, the risk of asbestos in the structure affecting workers and residents is a concern. The Royal Canadian Navy has openly admitted that asbestos used in ships has exposed many sailors and civilian workers. But many corporations that relied on asbestos have tried to keep secret their use of the substance to avoid accountability.
What Jobs Put Workers at Risk for Mesothelioma Caused by Asbestos?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it was very likely caused by asbestos. For most victims, the asbestos exposure was most likely on the job. If you worked in one of the jobs listed below, you may have been exposed to asbestos that caused your mesothelioma:
• Sailors and Shipyard Workers
• Military and Coast Guard
• Auto Mechanics and Brake Repair
• Sheet Metal Workers and Machinists
• Plumbers and Pipefitters
• Carpenters and Electricians
• Plant and Maintenance Workers
• Construction and Drywall Workers
• Boilermakers and Welders
• Firefighters and Rescue Workers
Workers have been at risk for serious illness caused by asbestos for over a century. Long after corporations knew the health risks associated with asbestos exposure on the job, they continued to knowingly use the substance because it was cheap and allowed them to control costs and increase profits. But sacrificing worker health is not okay and those responsible should be held accountable.
How Long Is It From Asbestos Exposure to Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma can begin to develop after a few exposures to asbestos or after many years. Of all of the asbestos-related illnesses, it is the slowest moving. Asbestosis is the fastest moving of these diseases and can be diagnosed within as little as 10-20 years after initial exposure. Mesothelioma is trickier because it is a slower developing illness whose symptoms are mild and are usually diagnosed as bronchitis or a respiratory infection rather than a deadly cancer.
Mesothelioma is a cancer and when cancer can be diagnosed early, the chances of successfully treating it are higher. But mesothelioma usually goes undetected for decades – up to 50 years or longer and strikes when the hardest working are retiring and preparing to enjoy their golden years. Because it is not typically diagnosed until Stage 3 or 4, the prognosis is not favorable and treatment options are limited.
How Do You Pursue Compensation for Mesothelioma?
The first thing you need is a reputable and experienced mesothelioma lawyer. St. John’s workers stricken with this terrible illness can call Bergman Draper Oslund for an immediate consultation on their asbestos exposure and rights to a claim. Obtaining a financial settlement for the damage done to your health by asbestos is not something that can easily be done without legal representation.
The company you worked for may have been sold, gone out of business or declared bankruptcy. If you worked for more than one company in high-risk jobs, one or both may be responsible for your illness and determining which (or both) to pursue for a claim requires experience and knowledge. Plus, your time is better spent focusing on your health and time with your family than what can be exhaustive legal matters.
Where Can You Get Help with Your Mesothelioma Claim?
Bergman Draper Oslund handles only mesothelioma cases and in our decades of advocating for asbestos victims, we have conducted and compiled extensive research on job sites and exposure in St. John’s, its metropolitan area and all across Newfoundland and Labrador. Pursuing a settlement against the parties responsible for your illness can provide a financial cushion that will be much needed as your illness progresses.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us as soon as possible to get your claim started. We have won over $700 million in asbestos exposure damages for asbestos exposure victims like you. Our expertise is yours for the asking. We are here to help. Contact us today.