Asbestos is a dangerous substance that causes mesothelioma — a deadly cancer. It should be avoided at all costs. Yet, surprisingly, asbestos is not banned in the United States, and some asbestos-containing products continue to be manufactured today.
To keep you and your loved ones safe and informed, please review this list of important “Asbestos Dos and Don’ts.” Share it with everyone you know.
1. DO educate yourself.
Asbestos is a public health threat, with 3,200 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Learn more about the dangers of this toxic substance by reading asbestos-related news and blog posts.
2. DO be part of the solution.
The “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act,” also known as the FACT Act of 2013, would slow or even deny justice for victims of asbestos exposure by imposing excessive reporting requirements when applying for asbestos trust payments. Send this “Oppose the FACT Act” email to urge your U.S. Senators and Representatives to vote against this proposed legislation.
3. DON’T assume you’re in the clear.
It can take decades to develop mesothelioma symptoms after initial exposure to asbestos. If you suspect you may have been exposed in the past, even if it was years ago, alert your physician.
4. DO seek out the best medical care possible.
There are medical centers across the U.S. that specialize in treating asbestos-related diseases. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and the National Cancer Institute are also great resources for connecting patients with mesothelioma specialists uniquely suited to tackling the challenges of this complex disease.
5. DO know your rights.
All employees have a right to protection from asbestos exposure. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has strict regulations for proper handling of asbestos. If you are concerned about potential asbestos risks on your job site, you can contact OSHA directly to request an inspection.
6. DON’T—ever—attempt to remove asbestos on your own.
Only a certified asbestos abatement professional can safely remove asbestos from your home or place of work. Doing it yourself may release asbestos fibers into the air where they can pose a potential health hazard not only to you but to others around you.
7. DO learn about your legal rights.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Special court-ordered-trusts estimated at over $30 Billion, have been set up to provide money for mesothelioma victims and their families. At Sokolove Law, our mesothelioma lawyers will fight for the justice and compensation you deserve from the companies whose asbestos-containing products caused your disease.
8. DON’T wait to explore legal action.
There are strict limits on the time you have to file a claim. Different states have different laws. If the time runs out, you will not be able to file a claim, ever. Contact Sokolove Law to determine if you can pursue a claim.
9. DO be aware that military personnel bear a greater risk.
While asbestos was used in a variety of products throughout all U.S. military branches, one third of mesothelioma cases involve Navy or shipyard exposures. Be sure to tell your doctor about your military service and occupational history.
10. DO know that all asbestos is deadly.
While some asbestos fibers are more carcinogenic than others, all asbestos is dangerous and has the potential to cause cancer once the fibers are inhaled.