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Frequently Asked Questions
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What jobs are most often associated with asbestos exposure and mesothelioma?Over the years, workers from many industries and jobs were unfairly exposed to asbestos without their knowledge. Common occupations where asbestos exposure occurred were these industries: automobile, carpentry, boiler making, construction, machinists, railroad, shipbuilding, steelwork and oil refining.
How does asbestos exposure relate to filing a mesothelioma lawsuit?In the US legal system, manufacturers, suppliers and sellers are under a legal obligation to provide safe products and to warn people using such products of any possible dangers that may be associated with them. When the company does not do so, it may have legal liability for injuries that occur. If you ever have been exposed to asbestos, it is important to have regular check-ups to have your doctor monitor you for symptoms of various asbestos-related diseases.
Are there any OSHA standards that cover workers exposed to asbestos?Yes. OSHA has three standards designed to protect workers from asbestos exposure on the job. One is related to construction work; another covers exposure during shipbuilding; and the other applies to being exposed to asbestos in general industry, such as in auto repair shops, custodial work and manufacturing products that contain asbestos.
I do not remember where I was exposed to asbestos. Do I still have a case?Yes. Asbestos exposure may have occurred decades ago, and you can still file a lawsuit even if you are unsure where the exposure occurred. Your attorney will investigate all possible sources of exposure in your history and find the companies that are responsible. If more than one entity is at fault, each will usually be assigned a percentage of blame.
Do I need a mesothelioma attorney?It is always a good idea to hire an experienced mesothelioma attorney. Mesothelioma lawyers are experts in asbestos exposure cases and the serious lung diseases that can result from asbestos exposure. Their investigators can go back years to determine the cause of your asbestos exposure and find the companies responsible.