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Can I File a Claim If I Was Exposed to Asbestos at Home?

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While inhaling asbestos fibers from old building materials can be as dangerous as occupational exposure, asbestos trust funds provide compensation mostly to former employees.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

In addition to workers, victims of secondary asbestos exposure can also seek compensation from asbestos trust funds

The risk of developing a disease is high not only when working with asbestos, but also when you come in contact with asbestos fibers originating from other sources. Consequently, asbestos exposure can affect anyone, including people who encountered this toxic mineral at home, those who had a family member working with asbestos during the last century, as well as individuals who inhaled asbestos fibers released in the environment by human activities such as mining.

Although recovering financial compensation is possible in each of these situations, the legal process is significantly more challenging than in the case of people injured by workplace exposure, as the evidence which must accompany the asbestos claim is often very difficult to gather. Unfortunately, people who seek compensation for non-occupational asbestos exposure often have a difficult time recovering the money they are eligible for due to the numerous obstacles which inevitably arise. However, with the help of a lawyer specialized in asbestos litigation, the chances of having their asbestos claim approved will increase considerably.

Even though asbestos trust funds were established as a source of compensation primarily for injured workers, anyone whose health was affected by a product manufactured by one of the companies behind them can file a claim. If working with a lawyer who has vast experience in pursuing asbestos cases is highly recommended when seeking compensation as a former employee, benefiting from specialized legal assistance is truly vital if you were exposed to asbestos in non-occupational settings. Since the process is bound to be incomparably more demanding and complex, the help of a skilful attorney will prove invaluable.

Regardless of the circumstances of your asbestos exposure, the best way to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are eligible for is to contact Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. at 205.328.9200. Having been dedicating their endeavors to helping victims of asbestos exposure since 1990, our lawyers have the required expertise to thoroughly prepare your asbestos claim for submission.

We also Represent U.S. Veterans Exposed to Asbestos while Serving their Country

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