What to Know About Asbestos Exposure in the New Jersey Workplace

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Have you been exposed to asbestos at work? If so, you may be entitled to recover compensation. However, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Read on to learn more about asbestos exposure in the New Jersey workplace.

What are the risks of asbestos?

Asbestos exposure has life-altering risks, including:

  • lung cancer
  • mesothelioma
  • asbestosis
  • colorectal and gastrointestinal cancers
  • abnormalities in the lining of the chest cavity

What jobs have a high risk of asbestos exposure?

Some jobs are more dangerous than others. When it comes to asbestos exposure, some of the most dangerous jobs include:

  • construction, renovation, and demolition of commercial and residential buildings
  • shipbuilding
  • paper mills
  • mining
  • heating and cooling equipment repair
  • automotive repair, especially brake and clutch repair
  • manufacture of products containing asbestos
  • roofing
  • janitorial jobs in buildings that contain deteriorating asbestos

What do I do if I have been exposed to asbestos at work?

If you have been exposed to asbestos, it is important to take the following steps right away:

  • Notify your employer
    • Let your employer know that you have been exposed so he and she can take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the workplace, file a report, and more.
  • Seek medical attention
    • Be sure to go to the doctor to help ensure that you receive the necessary treatment. This can also provide important proof of exposure.
  • Document the scene
    • If possible, take pictures of the hazardous conditions that caused the exposure to occur. This may involve faulty equipment, a lack of precautions, and more.
  • Keep track of your symptoms
    • Be sure to keep detailed records of your doctor’s appointments, your symptoms, your treatments, etc. This can play a large role in a personal injury case.
  • Contact a personal injury attorney
    • If you have been exposed to asbestos and have suffered from an illness as a result, you will likely be entitled to recover compensation. However, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will need the help of an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney. Reach out early to avoid missing the statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is typically two years from the date of the accident.

If you have been exposed to asbestos, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated attorney.


Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or contact us online.