What You Need to Know About Secondary Asbestos Exposure

As recently as the 60’s and 70’s, many men

were in daily contact with the toxic carcinogen called asbestos. At the time, not much was known

about its carcinogenic and harmful properties. As a result, many individuals who were exposed

already had cancers before they were diagnosed, and the source of the cancer identified.

Men who are exposed to asbestos are often likely to develop mesothelioma, silicosis,

respiratory distress, and emphysema among other respiratory diseases. However, that was not the

worst part of it. The truly sad and tragic part is that they unknowingly exposed their children and

partners to the dangerous compound through the residue on their clothes, hairs, and body,

resulting in secondary asbestos exposure.

Unfortunately, ignorance does not mean immunity. As a result, of all women in their 30’s

and above diagnosed with cancer, about 8% are diagnosed with mesothelioma resulting from

secondary exposure.

Not just that, people who live in close proximity to asbestos mining sites and mines are more

likely to inhale the friable asbestos fibers and risk secondary exposure to asbestos, even when

they aren’t in direct contact with it through work.

What Should You Do in the Event of a Secondary Asbestos

Exposure?

The first thing you need to do is seek medical help first. This is very important,

even when you have not started experiencing any symptoms or signs of asbestos-related

illnesses. This is because asbestos-related illnesses can take between 10-50 years before

manifesting.  Once you’ve seen the doctor, it is time to seek redress.

Go find a personal injury lawyer who specializes in mesothelioma cases. It does not matter

whether there are any signs of illness or not. As long as you have been exposed, you need to

ensure that you and yours are protected in the event that you fall ill as a result of the secondary

asbestos exposure.

Many women have filed lawsuits against the government and privately held companies over

the incidence of secondary asbestos exposure and have won. So, your case cannot be

different.

Why Do You Need to Sue or File a Claim?

All you need really is concrete evidence of exposure. If your spouse or parent worked with a

firm that dealt with asbestos or have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or you have been

diagnosed with pleural, peritoneal, or pericardial mesothelioma, chances are that you have been

exposed. This is all you need to file a case.

You are entitled to getting medical aid and compensation for your sufferings. So, get the

appropriate legal representation. Most states have a statute of limitation regarding when to file a

case for secondary asbestos exposure. For most states, it is between 1-5 years.

What Will the Mesothelioma or Personal Injury Lawyer Need?

Usually, your legal representation will require proof of personal mesothelioma exposure or

that of a loved one who is either suffering from the ailment currently or has died because of

it.

What Can You Expect?

The average mesothelioma case is usually settled out of the courts. However, this will

largely depend on how efficient your lawyer is, the evidence you have, the compensation

amount, and a payment source that is easily identifiable like an insurance firm or an asbestos

victims’ trust fund.

With these factors being in place, you may get your settlement within 12-18 months of filing

your lawsuit. However, if you have to go to court, it may take about 24- 48 months from the date

of filing your lawsuit.

The good thing, however, is that the courts are aware that Mesothelioma is a very aggressive

cancer, and victims may not have the luxury of living a long time. Therefore, they tend to fast

track such cases so that the victims can get their compensations as quickly as possible.

Don’t waste time getting the legal representation that you need. Contact a mesothelioma

attorney today if you need help.

Oscar King is a legal analyst who writes on various topics pertaining to personal injury law.

He uses this experience to help friends out, but always qualifies it by recommending an attorney

like David Heil. You can learn more about Oscar on Google+.