Despite decades of evidence of the dangers of asbestos exposure among humans, Canada has remained an active part of the asbestos industry. In fact, it has been the only remaining Western country that has continued to mine for and export asbestos in spite of condescension from other countries and the World Health Organization for maintaining such practices. The disparagement is spurred by the apparent double standard that Canada’s leadership has taken regarding asbestos. On one hand, Canada has for the most part forbidden the use of asbestos products domestically, but on the other hand, the country has been resisting the call to acknowledge that asbestos is carcinogenic, as doing so could damage the country’s profitable asbestos exportation industry.
Now, a change in leadership in Quebec has provoked new national standards regarding asbestos and its safety. The country will now acknowledge the carcinogenic properties of asbestos as defined by the United Nations. Many are viewing the acknowledgement as a precursor for the end of the asbestos mining and exportation practices throughout Canada. Already, the government has begun restricting funding for asbestos industry support groups and lobbyists, which has led to the closure of The Chrysotile Institute.
Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Asbestos is a dangerous substance that was prevalent in developed countries throughout the twentieth century. The mineral has fire-retardant properties that were used heavily in manufacturing and construction – that is until evidence arose that the fine mineral was causing severe respiratory diseases and an aggressive form of cancer known as mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma often does not develop until three to five decades following the initial exposure to asbestos. This year alone 3,000 people will be diagnosed with mesothelioma, which carries a very poor prognosis. Many of individuals who develop the disease were exposed to asbestos unknowingly or without being warned of its dangers.
If you or someone you know has developed mesothelioma or another illness as the result of asbestos exposure, you are not alone. Thousands of people just like you have, are or will fight the same battle – many of whom receive significant compensation from those who were responsible for causing the disease. No amount of money can undo the damage that mesothelioma causes victims and their loved ones, but those who are responsible for that suffering should be held accountable. Contact an experienced mesothelioma trial attorney today for a free case evaluation, and get the help you deserve.