What to do if you’re exposed to asbestos

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2023 | asbestos

Asbestos is an extremely dangerous material that, if exposed, could create medical complications in victims years into the future.

Because asbestos was once used in everyday products and building materials, exposure is probably more common than you realize. What should you do if you believe you’re exposed to asbestos? Here are some tips:

1. Wash your clothing and body

If you believe you’re exposed to asbestos, the first thing you should consider doing is reducing any more exposure. Asbestos can stick to your clothing and hands. So, you could reduce exposure by washing your clothing and body. 

2. Talk to your doctor

Then, you should alert your doctor to your potential asbestos exposure. Healthcare providers and professionals may be able to take the necessary steps to ensure that, if you are exposed, you’re quickly treated to reduce or eliminate medical problems. Furthermore, a doctor can document the asbestos exposure, which you may need in the future. 

3. Get follow-up screenings tests

Your healthcare provider will likely run a few tests on you to determine if you were exposed to asbestos. It is wise to take follow-up screening tests to ensure you don’t develop an asbestos-related disease.

4. Keep watch for symptoms

You may not notice any immediate effects of asbestos exposure. Your likelihood of developing an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, increases with the length of your exposure. Some common symptoms of asbestos exposure include tight chest, shallow breathing and fatigue.

5. Locate and prevent further exposure

Do you know where you were exposed to asbestos? If you do, take the necessary precautions to prevent further exposure. You can limit your chances of developing a disease by eliminating asbestos, but this may require the care and consideration of a professional.

You could be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease in the future due to your exposure. If this happens, then you may need to reach out for legal help to learn about your compensation options.