Mesothelioma Claims in the Workplace: Liability and More
Exposure to asbestos, as you probably know, can cause many ill health affects. One of the most serious is a condition known as Mesothelioma, where the delicate lining covering many of the body’s organs is affected in a very negative way. Mesothelioma is highly untreatable, incurable, and cannot be removed through surgery. Because of this, patients have few options such as pain management and breathing assistance. Many people who fall ill with mesothelioma due to workplace conditions wonder where they can turn and how they can receive compensation to help them with bills and more.
Every year, approximately 3,000 workers find out that they have mesothelioma in the United States. Back in the 60s and 70s, the risks of exposure to asbestos were not fully understood yet. As a result, many workers did not know to wear protective gear and would be diagnosed with mesothelioma many years down the road. Unfortunately, this is the case for many workers in our time. Some of the symptoms of the illness include coughing, chest pain, breathing difficulties, abdominal pain, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, and more.
OSHA has special standards in place that protect workers in two main industries, construction and shipbuilding. Liability for illnesses caused by asbestos are usually governed under product liability law. Hundreds of thousands of asbestos lawsuits have been filed over the years due to the emergence of mesothelioma, which has been extremely harmful to the lives of many workers. If you as a worker have a claim for mesothelioma because you were exposed to asbestos, you have options. In many cases, you have several years to file your claim. For instance, in New York you can file 3 years from your diagnosis and you have one year in California.
When you speak to an attorney, you may wonder what compensation will cover you and your illnesses. The amount of recovery will usually be based on three factors: ability of the defendant to compensate you, seriousness of your injury or illness, and how much time is spent preparing your claim. Do not hesitate; give us a call today to find out how we can help you. With years of experience in the construction industry, we can guide you in the right direction. Call us for a consultation and to discuss options.