Asbestos was once one of Canada’s largest industries, with this abundant natural resource bringing jobs and wealth to the Canadian economy. It also quietly brought cancer and devastation to thousands of people in Canada and around the world.
Asbestos was once considered equal to Canada’s gold, a miracle substance with fire-retardant properties. Without asbestos, our cities today would not look the same. Asbestos was widely used in most industries ranging from construction, shipping, railways, automotive, electrical, plumbing, insulating, and even in garments, and had so many everyday uses. However, the tiny indestructible particles of asbestos are proven to be harmful to our bodies. Once inhaled or ingested, the particles stay in our lungs or organs forever and can eventually form a type of cancer called mesothelioma. This disease can take many decades to appear, with a latency period of 10-40 years. It is an aggressive and fatal lung cancer that can only be caused by exposure to asbestos. Workers that used asbestos products many years ago often hear the sudden shocking news that they have mesothelioma and may have less than a year to live.
Asbestos was known and used in Canada since 1880 and later bloomed into big industries from the 1920s – 1970s. After becoming aware of the hazardous effect, many countries including Canada limited the use of asbestos to a strict regulation in the early 1980s. In 2012, Canada stopped exporting asbestos from Quebec to third world countries. In December 2016, the Liberal government announced a plan to ban the imports of asbestos products by 2018. This may be a difficult task because there are still many controlled uses of asbestos in brake products, pipes etc. Also, houses built before the 1980s may contain asbestos, and many government buildings and older cars still contain asbestos.
Asbestos exposure is the No. 1 cause of occupational death in Canada
Asbestos is naturally occurring substance on earth and most people diagnosed with mesothelioma worked with the substance very often during their career. However many workers brought this deadly dust home with them, and unknowingly gave their partners the deadly disease when washing their clothing, or simply being close enough to inhale the dust on their work clothing. When asbestos is inhaled, tiny dust particles stay in the lungs for many years until they form a very serious type of cancer. Some people that worked with or used asbestos are lucky to not develop this cancer, and others, not as much.
The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma, in the lungs. There is also peritoneal in the body cavity, and other forms.
Masbestos | Canadian Workplaces and Occupations
Occupations | Common occupations that likely exposed to Asbestos
Canadians are eligible to claim for compensation
If you or your loved one has been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma, you can claim for compensation directly from US asbestos trusts. Canadian’s have the same right as American’s do to access these funds.
Workers Compensation is also available for those who were directly exposed to asbestos products in Canada during their employment, but workers cannot get compensation from both the US trusts and Workers Comp.
Miskin Law has a dedicated team to help you receive compensation directly from the US Asbestos Trusts. Both workers and their families that have been diagnosed with mesothelioma can apply to these trust funds. Miskin Law is the only Canadian law firm to directly apply to the US Asbestos Trusts. We have the knowledge and experience, specifically related to Canadian worksites and products to help you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
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