What should you do if you feel like you might have been exposed to asbestos–especially a large amount of asbestos? There are two first reactions that most people will take. The first of which is to get to a doctor for examination. The second is to consult a mesothelioma attorney about a potential case, if you feel like the asbestos exposure is due to negligence on the part of a company you have worked for.
Asbestos is mined to this day around the world and there are exposure cases and lung cancer reported each and every day. Asbestos is such a good building material that it is desirable for companies and governments to use. The United States, for example, used asbestos lining almost exclusively in their ships built during World War II. There are a tenth of a million reported cases of asbestos related deaths (from asbestosis, lung cancer and the lung cancer known as mesothelioma) from the workers on U.S. ships during the wartime.
The problem, of course, is that asbestos, while it is one of the best building materials ever discovered, is also one of the most deadly materials ever used in manufacturing processes. There have been millions of deaths related directly or indirectly to asbestos exposure, going back as far as 4000 years most likely. Asbestos is not to be trifled with and that is one of the reasons it has been banned from use in manufacturing in the United States as of thirty years ago. However, asbestos mining and manufacturing applications are still taking place in many other nations around the world. It is astonishing that people would still want to work with a material that has been proven to cause deadly cancer and other sicknesses (asbestosis).
Immediate Action Steps If You Feel Like You Have Been Exposed To Large Amounts Of Asbestos
If you feel like you may have been exposed to asbestos, your best bet is not to panic and simply to schedule a time to see a doctor. You may also want to schedule a time with a mesothelioma attorney as well to help you research the cause of your exposure and if you may be entitled to any kind of cash settlement from the company that put you at risk. Not all mesothelioma is deadly, and there are some treatments available. There is no direct cure, but there are a number of things that can be done to try and prevent the spread of disease in the body and to try and minimize the potential side effects of asbestosis and mesothelioma.