How is it that a toxic substance whose use was largely banned decades ago could continue to pose a health risk? Asbestos exposure still occurs even in 2018 because many structures and products used here in Ohio and elsewhere still contain the substance. In many cases, this is because as long as it is not disturbed and becomes airborne, its threat to people is nearly nonexistent. Once disturbed through something as simple as a renovation to something as catastrophic as a fire or explosion, it becomes deadly once again.
Even though sources say a single exposure event does not pose a health risk, that may not be true for everyone. Even a single event can lead to lasting damage if the concentration is high enough as in the toppling of the Twin Towers on 9/11. If an individual uncovers asbestos in a home and inhales a large enough concentration of it in a confined space, that could also lead to health issues at some point.
If an individual realizes that he or she suffered exposure to asbestos, it may be possible to mitigate any potential damage through quick action. Taking a shower and washing the clothing worn at the time could prevent further inhalation of fibers and dust clinging to the body and the clothes. Going to a doctor probably will not help since it ordinarily takes decades for symptoms such as shortness of breath and a cough to manifest.
Where does this leave someone who suffered asbestos exposure today? It may be possible to begin gathering documentation about the time, place and circumstances under which the exposure occurred. This may help if a claim is necessary at some point in the future. For those whose exposure happened decades ago, this type of information may be more of a challenge to find. In either case, it may be beneficial to discuss the matter with an Ohio attorney who focuses his or her law practice on these claims in order to gain an understanding of the rights and legal options available.