Ohio has a wide and diverse number of industries, such as construction workers, steel workers, auto workers, brick layers, plumbers, electricians and railroad workers just to name a few. Many of them are hard workers who are just taking care of themselves and their families. They never expected that working in their chosen industry would cause them to suffer harm due to exposure to asbestos.
Like many of the Ohio residents who work in one of these or another industry, you may not have realized you were exposed to asbestos, or that your exposure could ultimately cause you serious or fatal harm. The problem with this type of exposure is that it could take decades for you to manifest symptoms of an asbestos-related illness such as mesothelioma, colon cancer and lung cancer. Another issue is that you could have inadvertently exposed your loved ones to this human carcinogen, and they could get sick, too.
Even if you receive workers’ compensation benefits as a result of such an illness, you may not feel it is enough to compensate you for what you have gone through and will go through. Did you know you may have the opportunity to file a third party claim against one or more parties who may be legally responsible for your exposure because they distribute or manufacture products containing asbestos? A significant hurdle you need to get over is proving the source of your exposure, which likely requires some help.
A thorough investigation into your work history may be a good place to start. Identifying locations, products and other information could prove useful in your pursuit of justice and restitution for your current situation. You would more than likely greatly benefit from enlisting the assistance and support of an attorney experienced in asbestos litigation, which could increase your odds of achieving the best possible outcome.