Asbestos Maritime Information
It's not talked much but asbestos maritime exposure does still happen. Workers who have been exposed to asbestos may not actually experience symptoms until years after the original date of exposure. Even if that is the case, your rights are still protected. There are laws in place that require an employer to provide a safe work environment for all workers. If this is not the case, and a worker is injured or has health issues because of the employer's negligence, the employer can also be held liable.
Asbestos-related diseases can only be caused by direct exposure to asbestos. Symptoms of having an asbestos-related disease can include shortness of breath, chest pain and chronic fatigue just to name a few. These are also symptoms of more common heath issues. If your attending doctor is not aware that you may have been exposed to asbestos, he or she may not know to give you specific tests for diagnosing asbestos-related diseases. These tests could include x-rays, CT scan or an MRI. This is the main reason why many are diagnosed with their disease after it has already progressed to an advanced stage. Specifically for sea workers, many doctors are not familiar with asbestos maritime issues.
The asbestos you were exposed to may have been in the material used to build and/or repair the ship. There is also material used to repair machinery that may have a high concentration of asbestos. It is important to take the time now to detail as much information as you can about the vessel you were working on. You may have worked on several different vessels, so it would be prudent to describe each of them.
Legal Assistance for Asbestos Maritime Issues
There is no time to wait to pursue legal assistance. As you probably already know, asbestos-related diseases can be fatal. As hard as it may be, you need to think about how to make your current situation better as well as how to make things easier for your family. You have medical bills, loss of wage issues and many other factors that are weighing on you and your loved ones. There is an answer. If your disease was caused by the negligence of your employer, no matter how long ago it happened, there is potential legal recourse for this situation. Contact Williams Kherkher today. We offer a free consultation to determine how and if we can help you. Time is of the essence, so do not hesitate to contact us today.
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