Toxic exposure in the workplace is an issue that should not be taken lightly. Workers across the country are exposed to some toxin at their place of work. One of the most common is exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos may even be found in common consumer products. If a product with asbestos is used or distributed, the tiny fibers of asbestos are released into the air. When these fibers are inhaled, they may get trapped inside the lungs. Asbestos fibers may stay in the lungs for a long period of time. If you are subject to long-term asbestos exposure, the fibers in your lungs might accumulate causing inflammation. That is when it might lead to a serious health issue.
It is illegal for employers to conceal information about any potential dangers faced at the workplace. It is also the employer’s responsibility to provide suitable safety gear in order to protect the workers’ health. Employers are required by law to provide safety hazard labels for dangerous areas. Most Americans are exposed to asbestos at least once during their lifetime. Short-term asbestos inhalation may not be a serious threat at all. However, at the workplace, the workers who deal with asbestos infested products everyday are at a serious risk.
If you, or someone you know, was exposed to asbestos in the past and now suffers from an asbestos-related illness, it might be best for you to hire an attorney to help you consider all your options. You may be able to carry out a claim against the company responsible. If the claim is successful, it may help you obtain compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and the pain and suffering endured by you.