Establishing a causative relationship between a medical issue and external factors is sometimes quite simple. You will actually see the consequence of the blunt force trauma if it breaks a bone or causes a bruise. You will know shortly after you eat something contaminated with bacteria because it will cause digestive symptoms within a day or two.
However, sometimes there is a massive gap between someone’s interaction with or exposure to a substance and the development of resulting medical symptoms. One of the reasons society took so long to establish the true dangers of asbestos is that mesothelioma, one of the most dangerous conditions associated with asbestos exposure, takes a very long time to develop.
How long after someone handles asbestos will it take for them to show signs of mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma often takes decades to develop
Someone who handles asbestos at work in their twenties might later make more health-conscious choices of their youthful disregard for their own safety. Unfortunately, it might be much later when they are in the prime of their career or preparing for retirement that they feel the effects of their earlier asbestos exposure.
It usually takes at least 20 years for people to start presenting noticeable symptoms of mesothelioma after asbestos exposure, if not 30 years or more. Even if it has been quite some time since you worked with asbestos, you will need to continue monitoring yourself for symptoms and also informing your primary care physician of that risk factor whenever you change doctors or go in to discuss concerning symptoms.
The delay may complicate your situation
Some people will find that making a claim for compensation is a challenge because their former employer has since gone out of business. Companies that work with asbestos frequently have to create funds or trusts when they close or they file for bankruptcy. The first step will be confirming your diagnosis and then finding out your employer’s current situation. At that point, your attorney will be able to evaluate your options for compensation related to your mesothelioma.
If you were exposed to asbestos at your job, monitor your health throughout your life to protect yourself both medically and financially.