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Are you familiar with the dangers of asbestos?

Although you may have some basic knowledge of asbestos, including the danger of exposure, it's difficult to imagine just how harmful it is until you learn more.

When asbestos was in use, it was valued for its insulating properties, durability and resistance to heat. Unfortunately, over time, it was found that exposure to the dust produced by asbestos can lead to a variety of serious health concerns, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Who is at risk?

Despite the fact that asbestos is no longer used, it still exists. For example, it's often found in old homes and buildings. For this reason, construction workers and demolition crews could come into contact at some point.

What happens next?

Unfortunately, the effects of asbestos exposure can result in permanent damage. For this reason, most people facing a disease as the result of asbestos exposure have the right to seek compensation for:

  • Cost of medical expenses, both past and future
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • The cost of rehabilitation

There is no guarantee that you will be able to collect for economic and/or noneconomic consequences, but depending on your situation, you could find yourself in position to do just that.

If you are diagnosed with a disease as the result of asbestos exposure, it's time to turn your attention to your health and wellbeing. Along with this, you should also do whatever it takes to find out how this happened. This will give you a clear idea of the legal steps you can take with the idea of receiving compensation.

Source: FindLaw, "What is Asbestos?," accessed Nov. 30, 2017

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