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Are you at risk for asbestos exposure?

You may be like other Georgia residents who believe that certain toxic substances are no longer a concern, especially in your everyday life, because the government regulates them and does not allow them to be used. One of those products is asbestos. It may surprise you to learn that you may still be exposed to this naturally occurring but toxic substance in a variety of ways.

Most people exposed to asbestos encounter the mineral at work. The exposure does not necessarily stop there, however. Family members may also be at risk since the fibers and dust can adhere to skin and clothing, which can then be breathed in by family members at home. If you work in one of several industries, such as construction, mechanics or plumbing, you could be exposed to this toxic substance.

Other industries such as railroad workers, shipyard workers and pipe fitters may have known for some time that their work exposes them to asbestos. Those working in other industries such as roofers, electricians and some factory workers may not have the same type of forewarning. Regardless of whether you knew about the risk, it could take decades for any illness to manifest. You may even forget about your exposure until you start exhibiting symptoms of an asbestos-related illness.

If you know that you were exposed to asbestos, it may be helpful to have a medical examination done right away. This begins a document trail that you may need later in order to receive benefits or to file a civil action against the appropriate party or parties. You may also benefit greatly from discussing the matter with a Georgia attorney who understands the complexities of these cases and can advise you of your rights and legal options.

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