You May Be Entitled To Asbestos Compensation: Asbestos is a natural mineral that until around the mid 1970’s was used extensively for various purposes. Often, it was combined with other materials, but it was also used alone. The widespread use of asbestos was encouraged because the material has thermal insulation properties.
The material was used to manufacture yarn, cement, cloth, felt, paper, tape and wall boards. But, it’s main use in the construction industry was as an insulation material for walls, ceiling and floors. Mesothelioma, the cancer that develops from asbestos exposure, rarely develops for at least two decades after the initial exposure to the material.
Inhaling the fibers from asbestos, whether directly or by a secondary method, results in the serious and often fatal disease. One of the main problems with asbestos exposure is that it can literally take decades for the effects to manifest so that the disease can be diagnosed. But, anyone that has suffered from exposure is entitled to asbestos compensation.
While employers knew even before 1965, that dust found in the work place contributed to chest diseases, it’s generally accepted by the courts that they didn’t know the real dangers of asbestos. However, after 1965, all employers should have been well aware of the threats this particular material posed.
The view held by the scientific community is that there are no safe levels of asbestos. Even inhaling small amounts will eventually result in the development of mesothelioma, or lung cancer. It has even been contracted from simply living close to a asbestos manufacturing plant.
If you were exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you can file a claim to receive asbestos compensation. In many instances, an out of court settlement can often be reached fairly quickly. There is a statute of limitations on how long you have to file a claim, so it is crucial that you start the proceedings soon after you are diagnosed.