If someone is exposed to asbestos and develops lung cancer as a result, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. 

However, if a person is considering filing a claim for compensation, they might be wondering, how can they prove that the asbestos was responsible for their lung cancer, and that it wasn’t caused by something else, such as smoking?

The answer lies in two major elements:

  • Proof of disease
  • Proof of asbestos exposure

We’ll outline the specifics of those below, and what that means for you. If you or someone you love was exposed to asbestos and you believe it might have been responsible for your injuries, call the asbestos lawsuit attorneys at Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse today for your free case evaluation. We’ll review your case with you and help you plan your next step – 314-241-1919.

What is asbestos, and why is it dangerous?

Asbestos is a heat-resistant mineral. It was once used in a variety of construction materials and insulation products because of its resistance to heat and fire. Asbestos can be found in a variety of materials, including:

  • Insulation
  • Floor tiles
  • Roofing
  • Ceilings
  • Drywall

Asbestos is most dangerous when it is airborne, which commonly happens if a building is being renovated or demolished.

When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can become lodged in the lungs and cause inflammation and scarring. Over time, these fibers can lead to the development of serious conditions like asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Who is at risk for exposure to asbestos?

Anyone who works with or around asbestos-containing materials is at risk for exposure. This includes construction workers, insulation installers, shipyard workers, and refinery workers.

In addition, family members of asbestos workers may be at risk for exposure if the workers come home with asbestos fibers on their clothes or skin.

What should you do if you believe you were exposed to asbestos?

The symptoms of asbestos exposure can take years – even decades – to develop. This is because it can take a long time for the fibers to cause damage to the lungs. 

Some common symptoms of asbestos-related diseases include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Fever

People who have been exposed to asbestos should see their doctor if they experience any of these symptoms. A doctor can perform tests to determine if you have been exposed and, if so, how much asbestos is in your body.

These tests can help your doctor determine if you are at risk for developing mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.

How to prove asbestos exposure

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the first step is to speak with a lawyer who specializes in asbestos cases. Your lawyer will need to review your medical records and work history to determine how and when you were exposed to asbestos.

As we mentioned above, the two elements you’ll need to prove are proof of disease and proof of exposure.

Proof of disease

The first step in proving that asbestos exposure was responsible for your disease is to obtain a diagnosis from a qualified medical professional. 

This will usually involve undergoing some tests, such as a chest x-ray or CT scan. Once you have received a diagnosis, your doctor will be able to confirm whether or not your condition is caused by asbestos exposure. 

Proof of asbestos exposure

In order to prove that you were exposed to asbestos, you will need to provide some evidence of this exposure. 

This could include things like:

  • Medical records
  • Work records
  • Exposure history
  • Witness statements

Financial compensation available to asbestos victims and their families

Mesothelioma patients and their families may be eligible for a variety of compensation, including:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral and burial costs

If you have been affected by asbestos exposure, speak with a lawyer to learn more about your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Connect with experienced mesothelioma attorneys

With decades of experience handling asbestos cases, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse can help you understand your legal options and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation – 314-241-1919.


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