If you or a loved one resides or used to reside in Washington and have recently received a mesothelioma diagnosis, it may be connected to asbestos exposure. This can happen when employers are negligent or if you lived in a structure that had asbestos containing materials. When you’re dealing with a mesothelioma diagnosis, a lawyer can help you with your legal options. If you’re going to file a lawsuit, you’ll need to know how you were exposed to asbestos. Our lawyers can investigate to find out where you faced asbestos site exposure in Washington.
Frost Law Firm, PC stands up for mesothelioma victims when they’ve been negligently exposed to asbestos. This process happens slowly after the initial exposure. A diagnosis can come nearly 50 years later and often may not be found until the cancer is in its advanced stages. When this is the case, the person may have a prognosis of a couple of years or less. Our firm is here to help you get the care you need and to secure your family’s financial future.
One of the first steps in fighting for you is to find out how you were exposed. Our lawyers will work with you to identify where and when this happened. We may also be able to find the liable party who could have prevented this exposure.
Possible Washington Asbestos Exposure Sites
Washington offers a variety of industries for potential work options. Unfortunately, these industries may have used asbestos-containing materials. The state of Washington has a number of sites where people could have been exposed to asbestos. If you worked in the industries listed below, then you may have been exposed at work:
- Serpentine Rock Mining
There are also some cities in Washington that may have been linked to your asbestos exposure:
Remember that asbestos exposure could have occurred many years ago and that the list above offers some examples of industries and cities that could be connected with your or your loved one’s mesothelioma diagnosis.
If you don’t recognize any of the places above, don’t worry. Our mesothelioma lawyers will work with you and find out how you were exposed and where. It may help to think about the common types of places that could potentially have asbestos.
For example, if you were in the military, you may have worked at a naval base or air base. According to the VA, those in the military could have been exposed if they worked in:
- Shipyard Work
- Insulation Work
But veterans aren’t the only people in danger of dealing with asbestos exposure. Other professions may have led to exposure as well. If it was used in the construction of a building you work or live in, you may breathe in these fibers when the material is disturbed. You may also have worked in construction or manufacturing and were in contact with these kinds of materials daily.
Because there are so many potential areas that could have caused the exposure, it’s important to have a lawyer on your side who can help you go through the possibilities. Frost Law Firm, PC is here for you.
Now that you’re aware of asbestos site exposure in Washington, let’s take a look at how these types of places are more likely to have caused you or your loved one to develop mesothelioma.
How Does Asbestos Exposure Occur?
Asbestos was a popular material to use in construction, shipbuilding, and more until around the 1970s. The CDC lists the following examples of items that could contain asbestos:
- Boilers and heating vessels
- Auto parts
- Electrical wire conduits
- Cement pipe
There’s also a chance there are asbestos containing materials that were used to build a home. Possible items include:
- Ceiling and floor tiles
- Roofing and siding shingles
- Heat resistant fabrics
- Vermiculite home insulation
When someone is in an environment or working with materials that contain asbestos, any disturbance to the item that has asbestos containing material can release the fibers into the air where they can be inhaled, ingested, or settle on clothes.
Some of these environments could have small areas where asbestos fibers could gather, like a boiler-room. When the fibers are in close, cramped quarters and there’s poor ventilation, it’s more likely for the people in those areas to inhale the fibers.
You should also remember that secondhand exposure to asbestos can occur as well. You may have not worked or served at a place that contained asbestos, but a family member or someone who lived with could have. If they had asbestos fibers on their clothes, you may have inhaled or ingested them.
Get Sound Legal Counsel Today
You deserve to have representation that will fight for your rights. Depending on the circumstances of the exposure, you could be eligible for certain financial aid. For example, veterans could receive benefits or there could be other funds available to workers of a specific site.
When you have a Washington mesothelioma lawyer on your side, you can rest assured that we’re going to do everything we can to maximize your compensation. You’ll be able to get the care you need without worrying about how you’re going to cover the costs of care and your additional financial burdens.
We understand how difficult this time can be for any family. While taking on a legal claim can feel like a lot to add to your responsibilities, the compensation can provide a lot of financial relief so you can focus on what really matters. Our law firm is here to handle the legal responsibilities and we’re ready to answer your questions.
To start working on your case, contact our lawyers today so we can discuss your options and start fighting for you. Frost Law Firm, PC will fight to make a difference for you and your family’s future.