Been Exposed to Asbestos? Now What?
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral that was once used daily in a number of industries throughout the world. Thanks to its resistance to heat, corrosion, and electricity, it was seen as something of a wonder material that could be found in everything from floor tiles to brake pads. Unfortunately, our reliance on asbestos came at a huge price. As useful as asbestos could be, it has also been linked with a number of serious health problems such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Sadly, a great number of those who have now been diagnosed with asbestos exposure related illness were exposed at their workplace.
Although asbestos has been effectively banned for years, it was so widely used, and in so many different industries, that it is still possible to be exposed to asbestos today. Asbestos fibers can stay in your body for years, before you see any symptoms of exposure. Even so, it’s important that you know what to do if you believe you’ve ever been exposed to asbestos.
Schedule Regular Check-Ups With Your Doctor
As with any health condition, the only way to know for sure whether you have an asbestos-related illness is to be examined by your doctor. Since it could take years before any life-threatening conditions develop, be sure to see your doctor regularly. Mention your prior asbestos exposure and make your concerns very clear. You should ideally see your doctor at least once a year, even if you feel healthy.
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions have a higher risk of affecting smokers than non-smokers. Make sure to join a smoking cessation program if you regularly engage in this habit.
Speak With An Attorney
If you have developed certain health conditions due to asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to a major settlement. There are law firms, such as the attorneys at Goldberg, Persky & White, who specialize in asbestos lawsuits. If you have received a mesothelioma diagnosis, a settlement may be able to help pay for your treatment and allow you and your family to live comfortably. Call Goldberg, Persky & White to start your settlement today.