I am exposed to asbestos should I file a lawsuit?
Before you file an asbestos lawsuit or go for mesothelioma satelment,you should have an injury that has been diagnosed by a medical doctor as an asbestos-related disease. Simply being exposed to asbestos is not sufficient grounds for us to file an asbestos lawsuit on your behalf.
However, if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you should contact an attorney immediately because certain deadlines (called statutes of limitations) may apply.
We believe that a case should only be brought if a client has cancer or another serious asbestos-related disability - one that prevents him or her from working or interferes in the ability to perform the usual activities of daily living.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, but have not been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, we recommend that you should:
» monitor your health carefully,
» tell your doctor that you have been exposed to asbestos,
» seek medical attention promptly if you feel unwell, and
» find out more about asbestos-related diseases and their symptoms.
What should I do if I have been exposed to a toxic chemical?
The Firm is a law office, not a doctor's office or hospital. However, we recommend that you consider doing the following things promptly:
» go to a health professional and tell him or her about this exposure,
» make sure that you are not still exposed by asserting your rights to a safe and healthful workplace, and, if necessary, protecting yourself from exposure,
» monitor your health closely, and
» if you are thinking about filing a lawsuit or workers' compensation claim, contact an attorney promptly. Certain deadlines (called statutes of limitations) may apply, and they limit the time during which you can file a claim.
WORKSAFE! is a good resource from which to obtain more information about occupational health and safety if you are currently exposed to toxics in your line of work.
Concerns about the release of toxic materials have arisen in the wake of the September 11 disaster in New York City . There has been much discussion about the degree to which the public is at risk due to exposure to toxins, debris and asbestos.