Helping Canadian Asbestos Victims Find Justice In Michigan

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Helping Canadian Asbestos Victims

Set to open in Fall 2025, the Gordie Howe International Bridge is a new way to let Americans and Canadians travel back and forth across an international border for work and recreation.

Earlier options such as the Ambassador Bridge (built in 1929) and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel (opened in 1930) provided valuable opportunities for many Canadian residents to commute to jobs in Detroit and nearby cities in Michigan.

Unfortunately, many of these jobs were in trades where workers were unknowingly exposed to asbestos, the only known source for a type of cancer called mesothelioma. Now, thousands of these workers have received medical diagnoses that left them sick and unable to work, or even led to premature death.

For Canadian asbestos cases caused by Michigan workplaces, a Michigan firm is the best option for receiving compensation and justice. Serling & Abramson, P.C. is a law firm based in Birmingham, Michigan that’s handled thousands of cases involving asbestos-related illnesses. We also have longstanding relationships with local trade unions, giving us a knowledge base that lets us hit the ground running on your behalf.

Read on to learn why the local choice is the best choice.

What Is Asbestos?

You may have heard of the dangers of asbestos but not know what it actually is. Asbestos refers to naturally occurring mineral fibers that are commonly used in industrial and commercial applications due to their strength, flexibility, and heat-resistant properties.

Why is asbestos so dangerous? When materials containing asbestos are moved or handled, the fibers are released into the air where they can be inhaled. They then move into the lungs, where the trouble begins.

As our bodies attempt to break down and eliminate these particles, inflammation occurs, with the particles reaching even the smallest and most distant parts of the lungs. This inflammation can result in several harmful (and irreversible) conditions.

What Are Asbestos-Related Diseases?

Canadian asbestos victims have been diagnosed with the following illnesses:

  • Mesothelioma. Scientists are in agreement that virtually all cases of mesothelioma are caused by exposure to asbestos. While this aggressive form of cancer is relatively rare, heavily industrialized states like Michigan have a disproportionately high share of cases. The most common type of mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma, affects the lining of the lungs; it can also affect organs like the heart and testicles.
  • Lung cancer. Inhalation of asbestos fibers has been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer in many medical studies. The size of the dose, the duration of exposure, and the chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers are all factors that can affect your risk level.
  • Asbestosis. This lesser-known respiratory disease is caused when the inhalation of asbestos fibers causes scarring of the lung tissue, resulting in shortness of breath and pain. Asbestosis can also eventually lead to the development of mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Common Trades That Have Been Exposed

Canadian asbestos cases have resulted from many Michigan-based industries and trades: automotive, maritime workers in shipyards, military servicemen, railroad employees, plumbers, pipefitters, millwrights, electricians, and many others. The families of these employees are also at risk for secondary exposure. If you or a loved one have received a diagnosis for an asbestos-related illness, the attorneys at Serling & Abramson, P.C. have a proven track record and can pursue justice on your behalf.

Serling & Abramson also have longstanding relationships with many local unions and trade groups with members from Canada, representing active members and retirees. See a complete list.

The Benefits of A Michigan-Based Law Firm

Many large firms advertise that they handle mesothelioma and asbestos-related cases when, in fact, they have no experience handling litigation in Michigan. (They often hand cases off to attorneys in another state.) Also, many asbestos disease victims do not realize that hiring an inexperienced lawyer who merely refers cases to other lawyers can be a crucial error. At Serling & Abramson, P.C., our dedication and results speak for themselves. We always pursue maximum compensation for every client we represent.

Because we’ve represented workers in mesothelioma cases for 50+ years, we have a vast database containing workplaces and employers where employees have been exposed to asbestos. In most instances, when a mesothelioma victim contacts us, we can quickly determine from their work history where and when the exposure took place — eliminating the need to hire investigators or start from scratch.

Trust a law firm that can hit the ground running on your behalf. If you have a Canadian asbestos case, contact Serling & Abramson, P.C. for a free review of your case today.