Because of the strength of its fibers and its ability to resist heat, asbestos was once a popular material used in building materials from insulation, shingles, and tiles to gaskets and coatings. When left alone, its threat is generally nonexistent, but when these products are installed, maintained or removed thousands of small invisible asbestos fibers become airborne. When they are breathed in, they can cause profound lung damage in the form of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs and other organs.
Asbestos can be found at industrial sites such as refineries, shipyards, and wood and paper mills; in home remodeling projects via joint compounds, concrete pipe, floor and ceiling tiles, and shingles and siding; as well as military bases and forts. In Toronto, there are known sites where asbestos exposure has occurred, including manufacturing sites like Kimberly-Clark and the Colgate-Palmolive Company, as well as Toronto Iron Works and the Department of Transport. In some cases, spouses who laundered the clothing of those who worked in such environments could have been exposed to asbestos themselves.
The sort of mesothelioma lawyer Toronto needs
The often-fatal disease is highly preventable simply through the avoidance of asbestos exposure, but unfortunately for most individuals who have become ill as a result of such exposure, they were unaware of the fact that asbestos was present. This horrific fact is the very reason our firm exists: to hold responsible parties accountable for such injustice. We focus on nothing but mesothelioma claims; in fact, we have made it our sole area of practice since 1995. Our experience has helped us identify and prove points of exposure and liability, paving the way for settlements and court wins to hold the right people accountable and assist those who have been wronged.
Who we help and why
When asked to describe her husband Brian, Sue Harvey recalls that he was an active man with a healthy lifestyle. When the couple began their painful fight with mesothelioma, dealing with his declining health and the uncertainty brought about by the disease was a harrowing experience. “Your only thought is for that person,” Sue remembers. Brian, though, was most fearful of what would happen to her when he was gone and wanted his family to be financially stable and cared for.
People like Sue and Brian are the reason we do what we do. When a person has been dealt the unjust hand of a disease that could have been prevented, we fight for compensation that will at least help their families take care of themselves in the long-term. “It was wonderful to know… there was someone in the background who was making certain those kinds of things were going to be taken care of,” Sue explains. “I’ll always be grateful for that.”
Our approach to asbestos lawsuits
It’s always our goal to reach an outcome that’s acceptable to our clients without dragging out the process, which only increases expenses on both sides. In many cases, industries have special monies set aside specifically for use in asbestos-related claims. We seek the maximum reasonable outcome to help offset the financial strain that can be caused by the process of fighting such a disease. Because of our genuine interest in doing the right thing, we work completely on contingency – meaning if our clients aren’t awarded funds as a result of their claims, neither are we.
More than anything, our focus is always on holding the correct people accountable for their actions – or in many cases, lack of action when something should have been done to prevent such an illness. The tremendous emotional effect the disease can have on the family of the victim is not to be overlooked.
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact us. If you are looking for an attorney near Toronto who specializes in nothing but mesothelioma claims, contact Bergman Legal Draper Oslund today. For far too long, many industries traded put their employees’ safety in jeopardy. We’re here to send a strong message that such things are absolutely unacceptable.