Many mistakenly believe asbestos is a problem confined to such occupations as construction or shipbuilding. But in reality, asbestos exposure can happen anytime, to anyone.
In November 2012, Sandra Naylor, 50, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, the incurable asbestos-caused cancer. But Naylor had never worked around asbestos. “Doctors mentioned exposure to asbestos and we just looked at each other and Sandra was obviously distraught,” recounted her husband Iain Naylor. “She was trying to rack her brain thinking where that had come from.” As he put it: When we got the diagnosis we couldn’t even spell mesothelioma at the time.
Looking for answers, Sandra Naylor Googled Caldervale asbestos. She discovered Caldervale High School in Airdrie, Scotland, (which she had attended from 1974 to 1979) was built using asbestos materials. She also discovered that asbestos halted a 2011 renovation there.
Naylor is now suing the local authority for exposing her to asbestos. Through a Freedom of Information request, Sandra Naylor’s attorney uncovered a 400-page document that allegedly contains photographs of asbestos in the school. According to Iain Naylor, she remembers many of the rooms in the photographs, and a lot of workmen being around the school at that particular period and tarpaulin being up.
He noted you can be exposed to asbestos fibers from as much as a pin prick going into a wall.
According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, there is no known safe level of asbestos exposure. Even small exposures could potentially cause health problems in 10 to 40 years, the latency period of some of the asbestos cancers.
If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos and developed an asbestos cancer such as malignant mesothelioma as a result, you may be eligible for financial compensation. This applies even if you are not sure how you were exposed. Call Sokolove Law today for a free case evaluation.