The code for what’s reasonable or acceptable for building a home changes all the time in the United States. Common practices in one decade can later wind up being totally different the next. Sometimes, what was once thought to be safe or popular can later turn out to be dangerous.
That is certainly the case with asbestos used for insulation in properties. Certain kinds of insulation that may even be in modern homes and businesses can contain asbestos. From the insulation wrapped around the piping coming from your boiler or your hot water pipe to the underside of flooring between the boards in your attic, asbestos can be in many places a little too close to home for comfort.
For the most part, these products were put in place so long ago that there is relatively little risk of environmental contamination unless the insulation gets disturbed or removed. Homeowners can contract with professionals to address asbestos in their house. However, professionals who helped install insulation in homes decades ago may find themselves now dealing with serious illnesses as a result.
Lung conditions and mesothelioma can both be a result of asbestos exposure
Asbestos is a mineral for which businesses have found many different uses. Vermiculite asbestos was once a popular insulation tool during construction and remodeling. If you helped to install products that included asbestos, that exposure through your work could have led to damage inside your body.
Many people experience irritation of the lungs, also known as asbestosis, which can flame up during the time when they have active exposure to asbestos. However, the irritation to their lungs is only one symptom.
There can also be deep damage to the lining of the lungs and other organs caused by the inhalation of particulate asbestos. Those injuries often manifest decades later when a worker begins to present the symptoms of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the organ linings.
There are compensation options available for insulators who get sick
Even if you have enough assets set aside to take care of yourself or access to good medical care, seeking compensation from your employer or from the company responsible for your workplace exposure can help you and your family. There are trusts available in some cases, while in others, lawsuits may be necessary for workers who wind up sick because of asbestos.
It can be difficult to build an asbestos case, in part because of how much time passes between exposure and illness. However, it is possible to work with an attorney who has experience in this unique area of law. Consulting with an attorney can make you more aware of your options in Kentucky and help you make the best decisions as you move forward.