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Asbestos Exposure At Work Attorney

We are Workers Comp Lawyers in Los Angeles serving all of California. Asbestos is a material that has been around for many decades. Roughly 40 years ago, though, more and more information came out about asbestos and its potential dangers. Asbestos exposure has long-time been one of the more dangerous substances because it can have fatal effects on a worker. Even worse, the worker may not even know about it until years down the line. As such, those who experience asbestos exposure may not even know if they’re affected. Some may not even know that they worked in an occupation that exposed them to the asbestos in the first place.

In many situations, asbestos exposure cases fall outside the realm of workers’ compensation law. This is because the person who suffers because of the exposure no longer works for the company. Instead, it’s often decades later, so there may be legal options to file a lawsuit for the damages you experience. At Ozeran Law, we have asbestos exposure lawyers who can look at your occupation, your medical history, and more to determine what your rights are. We know how dangerous this situation can be, and in the worst-case scenario, this type of exposure becomes fatal, and the family may have rights because of it.

If you have been exposed to asbestos at any time of your life because of your work, call Ozeran Law and learn how our Los Angeles mesothelioma lawyers may be able to help you and your family pursue compensation. 

Dangerous Occupations

Because asbestos has a high heat tolerance, countless companies used it in their products to prevent fires. As a result, those in the industries where these products were used would have been exposed without even knowing it. Because we want people to know their rights, we detail some of the more dangerous occupations in which workers may have experienced asbestos exposure: 

  • Members of the military: Navy ships and other dwellings back in the day had asbestos used throughout the entire boat or construction. Navy members in particular faced a high level of exposure back in the day, and they were around asbestos on a regular basis. 

  • Construction and demolition workers: Prior to restrictions, asbestos was used in countless insulation products because of the product’s high heat tolerance. Those who put up insulation in homes back in the day, and those who demo homes now are subject to exposure, especially when they break up the fibers and make them friable.

  • Plumbers: Many pipes contained asbestos back in the day, and of course, plumbers would sometimes cut into the pipes to repair a plumbing issue. This made the fibers friable and easily inhalable, which would be enough to cause long-term harm to a worker. 

  • Mechanics: Brakes are another product that were commonly made with products containing asbestos back in the day. The pads would break down, the fibers would become easily inhalable and it could cause significant problems. 

Electricians, heating and cooling technicians, and countless others — even employees who work in older buildings where the asbestos may be deteriorating — are at risk of exposure. Unfortunately, it’s the damages associated with asbestos exposure that can result in the most harm.

What Happens Because of Asbestos Exposure?

There are two main conditions that can arise because of asbestos. The first is asbestosis. Asbestosis is a lung condition that occurs once the fibers enter the lungs and cause damage over a period of time. When someone suffers from asbestosis and the condition causes significant scarring on their lungs, they can experience symptoms including a constant cough, fatigue, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Unfortunately, in more severe situations, it can also lead to chest pain and other physical impacts throughout your body. 

The other condition that can arise because of exposure to asbestos is mesothelioma. This is a form of cancer of the lungs that, more often than not, becomes fatal for one reason or another. It’s one of the worst types of cancers and causes severe problems in anyone who experiences it.

The Trouble with Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

The biggest issue associated with asbestos exposure is the latency period. The use of asbestos has been restricted for decades, but that hasn’t changed how many people are diagnosed with mesothelioma and asbestosis to this very day. These conditions have a latency period lasting anywhere from 10 to 40 years after exposure. This means that someone could have experienced exposure in the early 2000s, and they may never know until the 2040s. Unfortunately, by this time, most individuals who experience mesothelioma have advanced stages of the cancer and treatment becomes nearly impossible. 

In most cases, a mesothelioma diagnosis gives the individual roughly around a few months to a couple of years to live. While there are some treatment options available, it doesn’t guarantee that it will help. And while many feel as though there’s nothing they can do legally because the exposure occurred so long ago or because they have a terminal illness, this isn’t true. You and your family can take action to hold someone accountable for exposing you to the dangerous material, with help from our Los Angeles mesothelioma lawyer team. 

Asbestos Attorneys in Los Angeles

At Ozeran Law, we want to help during one of the most challenging times of your life. Our California asbestos exposure lawyers work hard for families affected by this dangerous situation. We look to determine where exposure to asbestos occurred and provide legal protection to pursue compensation for quality of life. We can also help families who lose someone because of mesothelioma or another condition related to asbestos exposure. We provide the highest level of legal care to give you peace of mind when you need it most. 

Our Los Angeles mesothelioma lawyers and asbestos exposure specialists have years of experience and we know what it takes to win. As we go through the process, we’ll provide you with compassionate care that focuses on your quality of life, attempting to keep you out of the trial process and legal proceeding as much as possible. You are and will remain our top priority. 

Ready to discuss your rights? Call Ozeran Law and speak with an attorney about what you can do after asbestos exposure.