When you are at work, you may not be thinking about the possible unseen risks you could be facing in your North Carolina workplace or encountering while doing your job. Exposure to certain material, like asbestos, could elevate your risk for serious illnesses. You may not know about the exposure until years later after a serious medical diagnosis. There are certain jobs that come with an elevated risk of asbestos exposure.
Exposure to asbestos has direct links to specific types of aggressive cancers, like mesothelioma. In many cases, a victim is not aware of the sickness until it is too late for treatment to be effective. If you have a greater risk of coming into contact with this substance at your job, it is in your interest to know how to stay safe and protect yourself, as well as what to do if you learn you are sick.
Asbestos is the name given to certain types of naturally occurring fibers. Before its risks were fully known, asbestos was commonly used for heating, fireproofing materials, textiles and more. Small asbestos particles can become airborne, and a person in close proximity could breathe in the fibers. This could lead to asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and various breathing issues. Some jobs that may come with a risk of contact with asbestos include:
If you are sick with mesothelioma or another type of lung disease, it is possible asbestos exposure at your job could be to blame. You may have a valid claim to compensation through a civil claimed filed against the parties liable for the asbestos exposure that caused you harm. It may be in your interest to learn about the potential legal options that could be available to you.