Most people do not realize they were exposed to asbestos until they develop an asbestos-related disease. If you believe that you worked directly with asbestos or were secondarily exposed, you should take steps to verify any exposure and ensure that you monitor your health. Because the latency period for asbestos can range from 20 – 50 years, some research may be involved in identifying the dates, places, and products to which you were exposed.
You should attempt to identify the products you may have been exposed to, the companies that manufactured the products, and the places where you worked.
Asbestos Products Were Used Widely
Although federal regulations now limit the risks of asbestos exposure in the work-site, many workers continued to be exposed to asbestos. Asbestos-containing products that were developed and constructed prior to the enactment of federal safety regulations still exist, and are maintained, repaired, and replaced by workers. Common products include gaskets and packing, friction products, electrical equipment, construction and building products, protective equipment, paints and coatings, drywall, and thermal insulation or lagging. A more complete list can be found under “Asbestos-Containing Products.”
Companies That Sold Asbestos
Hundreds of companies manufactured and/or sold asbestos-containing products. They include such companies as Allied-Signal Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Westinghouse, General Electric, IBM, Crane Company, Okonite Company, Bendix Corporation, Sea-Land Service Inc., IMO Industries, Chrysler, Texaco, Eagle-Picher Industries, DAL-Tile International, Toyota, Consolidated Rail Corporation, Trane Company, Union Carbide, Ericsson Inc., Eastman Kodak, Turner Constructioin, Todd Shipyards, Loews Corporation, and Kaiser Gypsum. A more complete list can be found under “Companies That Sold Asbestos Products.”
Occupations and Job Sites at Risk
Common occupations where there was the risk of asbestos exposure include construction workers (i.e. electricians, carpenters, bricklayers, painters, and plasterers), auto mechanics, navy seamen and shipyard workers (boilermakers, machinists, mechanics), and power plant and foundry workers. A more complete list can be found under “Who is At Risk?”
Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman Has Extensive Information and Data
If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos and have an asbestos-related disease, it is important that you take action now. Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman can assist you in identifying your potential exposures and the companies that may be responsible for your injuries. The Galiher firm has over 35 years assisting family members whose loved ones have suffer from an asbestos disease. During that time, we have built an extensive library containing data related to the use of asbestos, occupations, job sites, and asbestos products. This database enables us to efficiently and effectively research your personal exposure history and develop your case.
If You Believe You Were Exposed Asbestos
It is imperative to let your doctor know right away if you believe you have been exposed to asbestos. Regular checkups with your doctor are always important, but this is especially true for anyone who has been exposed to asbestos. We encourage you to see your doctor regularly and follow your doctor’s recommendations.