Known as the Garden City, St Catharines enjoys the wild beauty of Niagara Falls and the frigid waters of Lake Ontario. Manufacturing and shipping are two major industries that employ thousands of St Cathariners. Unfortunately, it is also at many of these facilities that workers were exposed to asbestos without being properly warned of the potentially lethal hazard.
Many workers in St Catharines who were exposed to asbestos may develop mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or other asbestos-induced diseases. Mesothelioma is a silent, patient killer that gestates for decades before robbing people of what should be their golden years after decades of hard work.
Some of the high risk industries that exposed workers to asbestos in St Catharines include:
- Shipbuilding – Asbestos is heavily used in shipbuilding because of its excellent fire resistant properties – but many workers who constructed, repaired and maintained ships were exposed to it and have fallen ill.
- Steel workers – The fire retardant properties of asbestos make it perfect for steel mills and plants because of the extreme heat involved in the refining process. Steel workers were exposed to asbestos used in the facility and in safety gear.
- Manufacturing – Not only was asbestos used in the construction of factories and production facilities, but it’s often used in components of manufacturing such as auto parts because of its heat resistant properties.
- Fire and Rescue – Because most pre-1970s structures used asbestos heavily in construction for insulation, roofing and tiles, when homes are damaged by fire or natural disaster, asbestos leaches out and can be breathed in by fire and rescue workers.
What Facilities in St Catharines May Have Exposed Workers to Asbestos?
A wide variety of industries and jobs put workers at risk for diseases caused by asbestos exposure. If you worked in one of these facilities, you may have been exposed to asbestos on the job. Contact Bergman Draper Oslund if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, even if your job site is not on this list:
- General Motors Canada
- TRW Automotive
- Seaway Marine
- Algoma Central Corporation
- Fulton Steel
- Canadian Shipbuilding and Engineering
- Port Weller Dry Docks
- Canadian Coast Guard
Is On the Job Exposure to Asbestos the Only Cause of Mesothelioma?
Tens of thousands of workers were exposed to hazardous asbestos, but the reach of the toxic material went far beyond the job site. Workers who handled asbestos laden materials often brought the substance home with them. Shoes tracked the fibers into your home. Work clothes and uniforms had asbestos fibers stuck to it. Even hair and skin of the workers could have brought asbestos from the job site into your home.
Bergman Draper Oslund just won a significant settlement – more than $1 million – for the wife of a tile installer. For years, he handled flooring materials made with asbestos, never knowing the dangers. Manufacturers of asbestos containing products often concealed the danger in order to prioritize profits before people. Her husband unknowingly brought asbestos fibers home with him. Decades of after work hugs and laundering her husband’s work clothes resulted in a diagnosis of late-stage mesothelioma.
Even second-hand exposure to asbestos can be deadly. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there’s a high probability it was caused by toxic asbestos exposure. Even if you never worked in a high risk industry, you could have been exposed from a loved one.
How Fast Does Mesothelioma Progress?
Mesothelioma is a slow moving killer. The fastest of the asbestos related diseases is asbestosis. Asbestos fibers are so tiny that they can’t be seen by the human eye, but once breathed in, can severely damage your lungs. Asbestos contaminates and weakens your lung tissue so that normal breathing is not possible. Asbestosis usually lies latent for 20 years or more. It scars your lungs and makes them a fertile breeding ground for lung cancer and mesothelioma,
Mesothelioma worsens over decades, slowly debilitating your lungs to a fatal extent. Symptoms of the disease are so mild that it can go undetected for decades. Most mesothelioma cases are diagnosed in late stages (Stage 3 or 4) where treatment options are unfortunately limited. The severity of the end stage of this disease is why you need an experienced mesothelioma lawyer working with you to make a claim for damages for your illness. Medical treatment for this disease is expensive and can place a terrible financial burden on your family.
You’ve Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma, What Now?
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have our sympathy. After decades of hard work, a fatal illness should not be your reward. Mesothelioma is an illness of the hardest working and often strikes just as you are ready to enjoy your retirement. It’s a cruel illness that you don’t deserve and we’d like to help you get the settlement you deserve.
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 years of expertise negotiating valuable settlements for clients can help you. Our experience is your asset.
If you are a St Cathariner who’s been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us today. There is no fee if we do not get a settlement for you, so there’s no risk in calling to discuss your circumstance. Don’t wait – our expertise is yours for the asking.