Like so many other cities in Canada, industries in Winnipeg heavily relied on the toxic substance asbestos for fireproofing in most of its pre-1970s structures and in many of its manufacturing industries. What does that mean to you? If you have mesothelioma, you may have been exposed on the job, at home, while in the hospital or at school. Even the Sherbrook Pool has been closed down due to dangerous asbestos, although the city of Winnipeg is refusing to provide details.
Manitoba province has released government research showing how prevalent the use of asbestos was in many public, private and residential structures. A recent study showed that nearly 7% of homes in Manitoba, including many in Winnipeg, have asbestos in the walls, attics and around ceiling fixtures. They caution that using your attic for storage and not properly sealing areas where asbestos is exposed can allow the deadly fibers to be breathed in by you, your children or repair and maintenance laborers who work on your home. And exposure at your job site may have been even more deadly.
Where Could You Have Been Exposed to Asbestos?
Last year, the government released a roster of all public buildings where asbestos had been confirmed. This is a long list you can view in full here, but includes the following Winnipeg structures:
- Correctional institutes and detention centres
- Legislative building and legal accountancy building
- Manitoba archives
- Mental health centres
- Colleges and universities including Red River College
- Hospitals and medical buildings including Old Grace Hospital
- Judicial centres including Old Law Courts and Provincial Judges Court
If you worked in an older government building, whether you were an office worker, custodian, worked in construction, repairs or maintenance, you may have been exposed to asbestos fibers on the job. Chances of exposure are increased during periods of construction or repair when the deadly fibers could have been disturbed and released into the air for all to breathe.
Which Industries Used Asbestos and May Have Exposed Workers?
Winnipeg has a diverse economy and unfortunately some of the key industries centered here relied heavily on the inexpensive yet toxic mineral for insulation and fire-proofing in a variety of products.
Industries where workers may have been exposed to asbestos include:
- Aerospace manufacturing and maintenance
- Motor coach and motor vehicle manufacturing and repair
- Construction, repairs and maintenance
- Correctional and law enforcement
- Public safety including fire department
Jobs where workers may have been exposed to asbestos include:
- Mechanics and Machinists
- Carpenters and Welders
- Construction and Drywall Workers
- Boilermakers and Sheet Metal Workers
- Plumbers and Pipefitters
- Plant and Maintenance Workers
How Likely Is It That Lung Disease Was Caused By Asbestos?
Many corporations long hid the risks associated with working in and around asbestos because it was a very profitable product. This put many more workers at risk than necessary. If these corporations had not tried to conceal the risks, safety measures could have been put into place that would have better protected workers and have prevented the loss of tens of thousands of lives.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you can pursue a claim for compensation for your damages. Asbestosis, another lung disease, is 100% caused by breathing in asbestos which permanently scars the lungs, making breathing difficult and making the lungs vulnerable to other malignant diseases like cancer and mesothelioma. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us immediately for a free consultation.
How Soon After Exposure Can Asbestos Make You Sick?
Asbestosis is the fastest moving of asbestos-caused diseases. From the time of exposure to asbestos, the illness can develop fully in as little as seven years and be fatal in 20 years. What’s more, asbestosis is a gateway disease of sorts because it weakens and scars your lungs and makes them susceptible to lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestos-induced lung cancer and mesothelioma can lie dormant for 20, 30 or up to 50 years but once diagnosed, can end your life in as little as six months or as long as several years. Asbestos-caused diseases are sicknesses of the hard working – laborers who trusted that they were being kept safe on the job only to find that, decades later, their lives are being cut short by corporate dishonesty and abuse.
What Expertise Is Needed to Fight for a Mesothelioma Claim?
Mesothelioma cases are unusual and very specific types of personal injury claims and not ones that a garden-variety attorney is equipped to handle. Because we have years of experience with asbestos cases, we have extensive research on industries that exposed workers, have specific Winnipeg asbestos exposure site information and know which parties are likely responsible for exposing you to the deadly mineral.
Our years of expertise negotiating valuable settlements for client scan help you. Bergman Draper Oslund has won over $700 million in asbestos related damages for victims and their families. That’s a track record few other law firms can claim. Our experience is your asset.
If you live in or near Winnipeg and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us today. We will discuss your claim in a free consultation and tell you what rights you may have to a settlement for your loss or illness. If we don’t win, there is no fee, so there’s no risk in calling to discuss your circumstance. Don’t wait – our expertise is yours for the asking.