Workers, Both Past and Present, May Be at Risk for Asbestos Exposure
Before people knew the dangers of asbestos, it was used as insulation for electrical wires in nearly every home, office building, and warehouse. This photo is just one of many advertisements that talked about how the asbestos insulation protected wires from heat, fumes, oil, grease, and flames. So what’s the problem? Well, exposure to asbestos can actually lead to a type of cancer called mesothelioma. Between 1940 and 1979, about 230,000 people died from this mesothelioma.
Even though asbestos isn't used in today’s electrical wiring insulation, it is still out there. Nearly 10,000 people die from asbestos exposure each year. You may be at risk if you work in places where asbestos is commonly found, like in older buildings or at construction sites. Unlike many health conditions, you probably won’t notice any symptoms of mesothelioma for a while. In fact, it may take 20 to 50 years after the asbestos exposure before you realize something is wrong. Some of the common symptoms of mesothelioma are fatigue, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest pains.
Workers's Compensation Claims for Long Term Injuries
You may think you are unable to file a NJ Workers' Compensation claim if a lot of time has passed since your exposure. However, workers’ compensation claims are not just for sudden work injuries. Over time, your job may cause you to develop some disease or health condition. With these types of injuries, there won’t be one specific time and place where you got hurt. In New Jersey, you can file an Occupational Disease Claim within 2 years from the date that you knew your condition was work-related. If your claim is approved, you may receive compensation that helps cover your medical bills, pay for lost time at work, or a cash settlement for your injuries.
If you or someone you love has developed mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure at work, you should get in touch with a Morris County workmens' compensation attorney. You need someone on your side that can guide you through this difficult time and help you make the right decisions. Manfred Ricciardelli has 20 years of experience protecting the rights of injured workers in NJ. He will argue on your behalf and fight to get you the benefits you deserve. Don’t go through this alone – we’re here for you. Set up a free meeting today by calling 973-285-1100.
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