Asbestos and high-risk occupations

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2020 | asbestos

There are many ways you could come into contact with asbestos, ranging from renovation materials to household products. However, most people who develop an illness related to asbestos exposure are those who were employed in a high-risk industry.

If you know you’ve handled asbestos products in the past, it’s critical that you keep a close eye on your health. And if you’ve received a mesothelioma diagnosis, don’t hesitate to learn as much as possible about your exposure.

There is no shortage of high-risk occupations. This includes positions in which workers directly handled asbestos, as well as those in which dangerous products were present. Some of these occupations include:

  • Pipefitters
  • Laborers
  • Welders
  • Insulators
  • Shipfitters
  • Boilermakers
  • Carpenters
  • Painters

Are you worried about mesothelioma?

Some people know they’ve been exposed to asbestos in the past. Others have no idea, until they receive a mesothelioma (or some type of related illness) diagnosis.

If you have concerns about mesothelioma, consult with your doctor to learn more about your health. They can conduct a full physical examination, while also ordering tests to help diagnosis or rule out mesothelioma. It’s scary, but it’s better to know what you’re up against than to wait and hope for the best.

What should you do after a mesothelioma diagnosis?

The first thing you should do is find a medical team that has experience treating this aggressive form of cancer. They can answer your questions, implement the best possible treatment strategy and follow your progress.

While there’s no cure, there are steps you can take to minimize the impact on your body and hold off the disease for as long as possible.

Along with this, take the time to determine where your exposure occurred. As you go through your past, you may realize that it was a high-risk occupation that resulted in your disease.

Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to take legal action against to obtain compensation for your mesothelioma diagnosis. It’s not always easy to prove that exposure occurred, but the right legal approach will go a long way in helping you do just that. Don’t sit back and let someone get away with serious negligence.