Common Ways for West Virginia Workers to Contract Asbestosis
Although asbestosis (also known as diffuse pulmonary fibrosis) is not a cancer, it is an occupational or environmental lung disease that can lead to mesothelioma. But even if cancer never develops, individuals with asbestosis have long-term health issues. In spite of an asbestos ban in the 1970s, West Virginia workers and their families continue to suffer from asbestosis and related illnesses. The attorneys at Prim Law Firm, PLLC have extensive experience helping victims pursue the compensation they need and deserve.
Risks for West Virginia workers and families
Asbestosis develops over a long period—typically 10-20 years, and potentially even longer. Even workers no longer subject to asbestos exposure can develop symptoms because of the inability of the body to expel the inhaled fibers—and asbestos still exists in a wide variety of materials. West Virginia workers face exposure risks in many ways, including the following:
- Mining. No specific asbestos mines exist in West Virginia, but coal miners still experience exposure.
- Power plants. Asbestos is prevalent in boilers, pipes, and insulation within power plants.
- Other occupations. Many other workers risk exposure to asbestos in their jobs, including (but not limited to) auto mechanics and those in the building trades such as inspectors, furnace workers, plumbers, welders, and naval workers.
- Homes. Asbestos easily becomes airborne, exposing individuals who live near high-risk areas. And family members living with workers exposed to asbestos can suffer second-hand asbestosis or mesothelioma when loved ones bring the fibers home on their clothing.
Contact a West Virginia attorney with experience in asbestos-related illnesses
West Virginia ranks third in the nation for the number of asbestos-related deaths, making it vital to seek experienced medical support at the first signs of respiratory difficulties. You also need to retain attorneys with extensive experience in asbestos-related illness to protect your rights to compensation. At Prim Law Firm, PLLC, we offer flexible hours and can visit you at your home or in the hospital if you cannot come to us. Since we charge on a contingency basis, you do not have to pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Contact the Prim Law Firm, PLLC at 1-866-201-7985 for a free initial consultation today.