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How do I track down the source of my exposure to asbestos?

One of the most frustrating elements of asbestos exposure is that evidence of that exposure may not be visible for decades. This means that if and when a person is diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, it can be incredibly difficult to determine where and when the person was exposed. 

However, it is certainly not impossible. In order to identify asbestos exposure sources, you can start by answering the following questions.

Where did you work?

Certain occupations put workers at a disproportionately high risk of exposure to asbestos. This can include construction work, mining, firefighting, plumbing and insulation installation. Further, it may be possible to track down information for specific companies to determine if employees were at risk of exposure and what was done or not done to protect workers.

What products did you use on a regular basis?

Numerous products are now known to have contained dangerous levels of asbestos. If you worked with these products regularly, there can be a connection made between them and your illness.

Where did you live?

As noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, living near natural deposits of asbestos puts you at a greater risk of exposure to the toxic material. Similarly, if you lived near demolition sites or the World Trade Center site on or following 9/11, then your exposure may be linked to those areas.

Have other claims been filed by people in the same place as you?

Other claimants in your area or occupation may have already found much of the evidence needed to support a claim, which can make things much easier for you and others in the same situation.

Tying these answers to legal action

Once you answer these questions, the source of your exposure can become clear. Keep in mind, though, that there may very well be numerous parties in your past that engaged in negligent, reckless or willful conduct that resulted in toxic exposure, which can make things a little more complicated.

Thankfully, you do not need to find answers and build a claim for compensation alone. An attorney familiar with asbestos claims and litigation can investigate, collect data and talk to potential witnesses on your behalf.

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