While the only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure, it's a little more difficult to know where and when your exposure to asbestos took place. If you're going to pursue a mesothelioma claim, you'll have to identify the most likely place and time where your exposure occurred—but you don't have to do it alone.
Pinpointing the Time and Place of Your Asbestos Exposure
A knowledgeable attorney can be a vital resource in determining the source of your asbestos exposure.
In addition to filing your claim and explaining your options at each step of the case, your lawyer will review your history and identify who's responsible for causing your mesothelioma.
Only after a thorough investigation will your attorney be able to tell you which party or parties are liable for damages.
Mesothelioma can take decades to develop, so an investigation may go all the way back to your distant past. The most common places people are exposed to asbestos include:
- Work. The majority of mesothelioma sufferers were exposed to asbestos in their former workplaces. Many occupations such as mining and construction involved handling asbestos materials, which wasn't regulated until the 1970s. Your attorney should closely examine all work history, dating back to the first job you ever had.
- Military service. All branches of the armed forces use asbestos as an industrial insulator, and many veterans have developed mesothelioma because of daily exposure during their service.
- In the home. Although its use in homes and public buildings is now limited, asbestos was once commonly found in building materials. If you live in an older home, you may have inhaled asbestos fibers that became airborne due to disrepair or renovation.
- Through close contact. There weren't work safety regulations for asbestos in the past, so there was nothing to prevent workers from carrying asbestos fibers home on their clothes and exposing family members. If someone else in your family suffered from lung cancer or asbestosis, you could have been exposed by the same source.
The attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can identify which party is at fault for your condition and gather all the information needed to file your lawsuit. We won't charge anything for our services until your claim is settled.
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