How Mesothelioma Claims Can Help Former Construction Workers
Nicole Winch | June 9, 2020
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction is notably one of the most hazardous industries in the United States. This industry is known for a high percentage of work-related deaths from falls, electrocution or being struck by objects.
Despite the long list of physical hazards that construction workers must avoid, there is a hidden danger many are unaware of: asbestos.
Asbestos is a toxic substance commonly used in construction trades during most of the 20th century. Construction workers used asbestos on a daily basis before they knew the damage it caused to their health. Even after the hazards became public, some companies still put construction workers in danger because of asbestos’ cost-saving benefits.
Regularly inhaling dangerous asbestos particles increases your risk of developing a cancer known as mesothelioma. This cancer has unnecessarily claimed the lives of many construction workers. It’s a preventable cancer, and those affected should take action.
If you are a former construction worker and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation. At BCBH Law, our attorneys have helped thousands of patients receive the compensation they deserve. This compensation helps patients pay for medical treatment, lost wages and any other unforeseen expenses due to their illness.
How Were Construction Workers Exposed?
Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year in the United States. Many of these Americans previously worked in various construction trades, such as former carpenters, painters, brick layers or plumbers. Construction trades are the most common cause of asbestos exposure.
Before government regulations limited commercial applications of asbestos, construction workers were exposed through using different building materials. Asbestos was commonly found in shingles, drywall, floor tiles, concrete mixtures, spackling and among other equipment.
Even though the use of this toxic substance has been reduced greatly in construction work today, people in this occupation still risk exposure. Anyone who works in the demolition or remodeling of homes built before the 1980s runs the risk of inhaling loose asbestos fibers.
What Are Your Legal Options?
The companies who manufactured and distributed asbestos are responsible for you or your loved one’s mesothelioma diagnosis. Many of these companies knew of the health risks and continued to manufacture products with asbestos.
There are two types of mesothelioma claims that former construction workers diagnosed with this cancer can be eligible for: mesothelioma lawsuits and asbestos trust fund claims. A national mesothelioma attorney, such as those at BCBH Law, can help determine which option is best suited for your case.
The attorneys at BCBH Law have worked in mesothelioma litigation for over 20 years and know how to build a case that will get you the most compensation. Our lawyers will handle all the hard work, so you can focus on your treatment and getting better.
Many of our past clients have received top paying mesothelioma settlements from working in various construction trades. Here are some examples of settlements involving these construction workers:
- Bricklayer, age 62, $4.7 million
- Construction worker, age 57, $3.95 million
- Construction worker, age 73, $1.88 million
If you’re a past construction worker who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our firm is ready to help. Fill out our free case evaluation form to see what your available compensation options are today.