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Asbestos Exposure And Worker’s Compensation

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 1.3 million people are exposed to significant amounts of asbestos in the workforce. Asbestos exposure is a serious health risk and can lead to fatal illnesses like mesothelioma. So what happens if you are exposed to asbestos in the workplace?

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a term that refers to six types of minerals. These minerals are natural and made up of tiny, interlocking fibers. Asbestos was once considered the “miracle mineral” because it was fire proof. So it was used for years as a building material to help make places fire-resistant. However after the link between asbestos and mesothelioma, builders stopped using the material. Yet since it was so prevalent, many people can still be exposed to it on the job.

What Are Some Health Effects Associated With Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring subject that most people will encounter in their lives in the environment. However, asbestos is a carcinogen, so inhaling significant levels of asbestos fibers can cause some very serious health risks including:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Pleura

Employer Responsibility

For people who work in industries like construction, mining, or manufacturing, who are exposed to asbestos, employers are legally responsible to ensure you are safe. OSHA carefully regulates exposure to asbestos. So if you work with asbestos your employer is legally responsible to mitigate the damage by:

  • Providing training to employees working with or around asbestos
  • Monitoring employees health for asbestos damage
  • Providing protective gear
  • Posting notice of asbestos exposure hazards
  • Properly ventilating areas where employees are working with asbestos
  • Post-exposure precautions like showers
  • Routine medical examinations for employees that are exposed to asbestos

Workers Compensation For Asbestos Exposure

Even if all the OSHA precautions are in place, if an employee develops an illness as a result of asbestos exposure, they may qualify for a worker’s compensation claim. Since it is such a health hazard, generally there is usually an asbestos victim compensation fund for people working in fields with high exposure to asbestos. So workers compensation claims for asbestos are usually streamlined.

What To Do If Your Asbestos Claim Is Denied

Even though there are a lot of protections in place through OSHA and workers compensation, sometimes employers or insurance companies may unfairly deny your asbestos workers compensation claim. In that case, you may have to bring a lawsuit against your employer, the owner of the property, or other contractors on the job site. In this case you will need a personal injury attorney to help prove your claim. A qualified personal injury attorney can investigate the circumstances leading to your health conditions, help you prove negligence, and negotiate a fair settlement.

So if you are suffering from an illness as the result of asbestos exposure, you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney like the professionals at , Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh. We have helped thousands of people in the Sarasota, Florida area with their asbestos-related worker’s compensation claims get the settlement they deserve. So contact us today to see how we can help you!

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

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