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Old 05-31-2008, 11:26 PM   #1
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what are my rights if i know i have been exposed to asbestos at work

what are my rights if i know i have been exposed to asbestos at work

 
Old 08-09-2008, 04:42 PM   #2
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Re: what are my rights if i know i have been exposed to asbestos at work

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what are my rights if i know i have been exposed to asbestos at work
You should contact an attorney who specializes in asbestos / mesothelioma cases. If you are suspected to have asbestosis or mesothelioma you definetly need an attorney, you and your family are eligible for compensation. My father was diagnosed on June 13th and passed away from mesothelioma on July 9th, not even a month. It is a very serious and scary disease and a good lawyer can give you some comfort or relief. If you have been ill at all and dont understand why I would also suggest you go see your doctor and explain your concern. However, not everyone exposed to asbestos will get one of these diseases, but it only takes a VERY small amount of time of exposure to possibly get it and there may be a chance your family members may get it as well if you carried it home in your clothes or your company vehicle etc. It is nothing to mess around with. Goodluck and if there is anything else I may help you with, advice or anything, just let me know. thanks and best of luck to you.
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Old 09-12-2008, 01:26 AM   #3
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Re: what are my rights if i know i have been exposed to asbestos at work

Hello Missy,

I am very sorry to hear about your father. May I ask how he was exposed to asbestos and for how long ? Also, was he a smoker ?

I was under the impression that a one time exposure was not enough to cause illness. Many of us are exposed to asbestos fibres without even knowing about it because it is literally everywhere, even in the air that we breathe. I thought that illness depended on factors such as the ppm (parts per millions) in the air, the type of asbestos you are exposed to (chrysotile vs say amosite), the percentage of asbestos that is contained in the material (ie. plaster or cement vs the spray on types of insulation vs pipe lagging .. all have different percentages and types of asbestos), whether or not you are a smoker (this is supposed to multiply your risk by 50 times if you are exposed), the friability of the asbestos (ie. how easy the material is to "flake off into little dust pieces") etc..

I myself recently discovered that I had asbestos covered pipes in the basement. One set of pipes were made from asbestos type paper and according to the decontamination specialists it is not friable so therefore less of a danger. They were able to remove it safely. Another couple of pipes were covered with asbestos cement and this was possibly more friable so they simply encapsulated it in a ULC blanket and painted over it with encapsulating paint. We have lived in our house for over five years and at first I was terrified. I did plenty of reading on the topic and spoke with many contractors and people who dealth with asbestos (plumbers, decontamination companies and pipe fitters). I found that the legal websites really tried to scare the hell out of you and I don't like this one bit. I also found out that with virtual certainty, we have ALL been exposed to asbestos at one time or another because ALL homes built before 1980 had asbestos in the building materials.

I certainly think that if a construction worker has been exposed to asbestos because his boss did not do their job properly (ie. did not properly research the site that is being worked on), that they should be compensated for this additional risk. Worker's Compensation or Worker's Insurance would normally deal with these issues so I would think that this is the first step. Freaking out about possibly having carried fibres home and such is a very self defeating attitude and I think I lost more health worrying about possible asbestos exposure than through my actually exposure (although I can never be sure).

One thing is for sure, if you smoke, quit ! It is known that asbestos exposure and smoking are a deadly combination and they have a synergistic effect on the human body. This means that when combined, these two things increase your risk of illness by more than simply adding the risk of each causing cancer together. Since we are all exposed to asbestos, this is just another incentive to quit smoking. Not to mention exposing our families to second hand smoke.

I am no expert that's for sure and fortunately have never had to deal with mesothelioma or asbestosis first hand. Just an individual who has had to inform herself after a brush with asbestos. Hope my input is helpful.

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Old 09-13-2008, 07:39 PM   #4
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Hi!
This is my experience and knowledge just through our attorney, workers comp and doctors. If you have Mesothelioma there is no cure. My daddy was exposed to it in several of his jobs, all consisting of different types of pipes. When the doctor first mentioned Mesothelioma my parents and I said "No way, he was never exposed to it"....well, come to find out after the lawyer was to see daddy one time we realized just how much he was exposed to it....the years were in the 70's and 80's. The cement pipe is one of those that Daddy was exposed too, along with one that carries acid through it. I wont mention too many details on here due to pending law suit and company information. To answer your other question, did my dad smoke? Yes, for many years but he had a stroke in 98 and quit cold turkey...I think it all went hand in hand and he has had small symptoms since probably 95 and just really got sick to where we didnt know what was wrong in January and it took the doctors this long to find it.....his is a VERY rare type, usually it is in the lungs, his was in the abdomen and the chest cavity. He is a scary and devastating disease to watch your loved one suffer from.

It is my understanding that it does NOT take long for exposure to get in your system and YEARS later show up. The most of the people suffering are in their 60's b/c the timing it takes that long from exposure in the 70s to come to be. It lies dormant in your body for that long. My fathers was so bad, no operation, treatment or chemo would help him. They gave him 9-12 mths to live and he didnt make it 1....very hard for all of us, we just have to remember he is in a better place without pain. If you contracted this disease through your job, workers compensation is responsible for compensating you and your family as well, but IF you ever find out to have it or anyone you know, you really need to contact a good lawyer FAST...glad we did or daddy would not have gotten to give them the needed information.......Of course that isnt the main thing, his life and missing him everyday is, but my opinion someone sitting on a beach somewhere retired with a drink in their hand, needs to pay for what they did to him KNOWINGLY.
I do know of a case of a 39 year old woman dying from asbestos exposure from her fathers clothing and it really scares me that me, my mom or sister may have this too. All I can say is, if my daddy did it, so can I and I will be there with him......
I hope I have answered some of your questions and gave you some information without scaring you too bad. Never would I have thought this would hit my family, but it did. I hope your health is well and continues to stay that way, if not, see your doctor immediatly. If you have any other questions, please feel free to write back.
God Bless you.
Missy

 
Old 09-13-2008, 07:47 PM   #5
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PS: Not all companies you work for KNEW the suppliers were sending products made of asbestos so that is why you have extensive research going back to who supplied your company where you were exposed to the asbestos. Usually it is those suppliers, then your company if they too knew about the product and did not disclose, and then workers compensation that lies responsible......It is a long drawn out process and only someone who knows these cases can dig and find the needed information. Different types of products carry more asbestos fiber than others so that is another thing an experienced lawyer would also know. Lets say that I am not one who is "sue happy" by any means, I hate that part of this whole disease, but this is a life, my father that I lost and to someone elses selfish knowledge......they owe us this......for we are left to suffer the life without a husband, a dad, a grandpa and a best friend.......

 
Old 10-29-2008, 06:31 PM   #6
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misE08 - you are quite right.
This disease takes 20 to 30 years to show it's ugly head.
My Dad was a plumber and I use to go to work with him as a young girl, I am now 36 and have also been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma.
And YES get yourself a lawyer--- it is a must! if not for you, for your family.
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:59 PM   #7
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cozjoe, we do have a very good lawyer, not b/c we are the "sue happy" kind but because we were told that it was necessary and knowing that my daddy wished for us to do this so that he could still take care of my mom even though he would not be here to do so. So that is what we are doing, for him and mom. It is so hard and my life has changed forever. I, myself, worry about contracting it b/c I always jumped in my dads truck when he was coming down the driveway, drank the large cooler of gatorade attached to the truck that was on the jobsites, sat on daddys lap when he would get home from work, and many other ways. I just tell myself if my dad endured it I would to, for him. I know it is rearing its ugly head more and more these days, but people need to be compensated for the damage these companies have done to our families, it is owed to them..NO it does not replace a loved one in the least but it is deserved. May God Bless you....always. Mis

 
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