NORWAY – Following a July 22nd bomb attack on Norway, it is believed that asbestos has been released into the air. Roughly 2.5 of 6.5 kilometers of shelves that contained documents at the Ministry of Justice are believed to have been contaminated by asbestos after the bombing. This means that tons of important documents might have to be destroyed so as not to put anyone at risk of being exposed to the harmful mineral.
When asbestos is intact, it generally poses no threat, but once the mineral breaks apart, fibers are released into the air and can be breathed in by anyone in the area. Once the fibers become lodged in the victimâ€™s lungs, several diseases can ensure, including the fatal mesothelioma cancer.
Mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavities. Symptoms can be very mild, so many times, victims do not seek the medical attention they need to catch the cancer in time. Many victims have responded well if treated within 12 to 18 months of onset, but not everyone is so lucky.
Mesothelioma can take up to 50 years to develop, so victims may not even realize they are sick until it is too late. Even though several treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are choices for mesothelioma patients, there is still no cure for the cancer. Public Construction and Property Management (Statsbygg), who are in charge of handling the devastation left behind by the bomb attack, have brought in a specialist firm to clean the documents of asbestos. Progress is going well, and many files have already been cleaned and placed in new storage boxes.
The more important, classified documents are unlikely to have been contaminated because they are sealed in a vault. Usually, mesothelioma victims incurred the disease after being exposed to asbestos at work due to a negligent employer. If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos or believe you have come in contact with the mineral, speak to a mesothelioma lawyer immediately for assistance. You may be eligible to receive thousands, if not millions of dollars in compensation for your pain and suffering.
Mesothelioma attorneys aim to thoroughly investigate your employment history to uncover where the asbestos exposure occurred. If they find that an employer has knowingly or inadvertently exposed you to asbestos without the proper safety gear, your mesothelioma lawyers will see to it that they are held accountable for their crimes.
Rest assured that your mesothelioma lawyer will do whatever it takes to make sure justice is served. Your paralegal will not stop until you and your loved ones receive the money damages and medical care that are rightfully yours as an asbestos victim. But hurry, time is of the essence when battling mesothelioma, so call today to schedule a consultation with a leading mesothelioma attorney near you.