Asbestos fibers have been used for its fireproofing and insulation for thousands of years, and asbestos products were used regularly in industry until the late 1970s. While it is very effective at resisting fire and heat, asbestos can be harmful or deadly to people who are exposed to its fibers.

For many years, The Gulf South has been home to shipbuilders, as well as to industries that require robust insulation, including construction and oil and gas. The material’s ability to withstand high temperatures and corrosion made asbestos the ideal material to insulate heat-producing components.

Countless individuals in The Gulf South who worked in shipyards or on industrial sites were exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos has long been proven to cause lung cancers like asbestosis and mesothelioma. Symptoms may take decades to emerge, so it is important for those who worked with asbestos decades ago to seek a consultation with a physician as soon as possible

According to the American Cancer Society: “The people with the heaviest exposure are those who worked in asbestos industries, such as shipbuilding and insulation. Many of these people recall working in thick clouds of asbestos dust, day after day. Family members of asbestos workers can also be exposed to high levels of asbestos because the fibers can be carried home on the workers’ clothing and can then be inhaled by others in the household.”

The lawyers at Unglesby Law Firm have extensive experience successfully delivering justice to workers who have been exposed to asbestos and developed cancers like asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Industrial companies retain significant legal resources to defend themselves. The lawyers at Unglesby Law Firm are here to level the playing field for victims of asbestos exposure who have suffered wrongful death or serious illness.

If You’ve the Victim of Asbestos Exposure What Should You Do?

Retain top-notch legal counsel immediately. If you are unable to do so, have a family member take care of this as soon as possible. Time is absolutely of the essence when determining when the asbestos exposure occurred and who is responsible.

Listen to your medical team and follow their instructions. If you’ve been exposed to dangerous chemicals, you are at risk. Take your prescribed medications, attend all medical appointments and stick to therapy regimens.
Make sure you know what disability benefits you are entitled to through your employer’s benefits plan. You may have benefits available that can help you cover costs and expenses.

What Should You NOT DO?

Do not, under any circumstances, speak to lawyers representing the person, business or entity that was the cause of the serious injury.  Do not allow family members to speak to those lawyers either.  Make sure that you have your own legal counsel in place.  Your lawyers are the only ones who should have any contact with lawyers representing the person, business or entity that caused the serious injury.

If you are unable to contact a lawyer, have a family member do so as soon as possible.

Do not share any details of the situation outside of your immediate family.  Your lawyers will let you know what you can and cannot say.  It is important that neither you nor any family members have any contact whatsoever with attorneys who are not representing you.

The attorneys at Unglesby Law Firm can guide you through this sensitive process.

Don’t Hesitate:  Call Us

If you are or a loved one is the victim of asbestos exposure and have suffered a serious injury don’t wait – call us at Unglesby Law Firm.

Remember:  Time is of the essence.  Each day that passes without taking legal action against the person or entity at fault for your serious injury, is a loss of precious time that can’t be replaced.  

The lawyers at Unglesby Law Firm are your rapid-response team.  They take immediate action to start the gears of justice turning in your favor.  Any they are dedicated to securing the outcome you and your family deserve.

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