The risks associated with asbestos have been known for decades, but it is still found in a number of products used the U.S. In fact, people who work or have worked in the automobile or construction industries frequently come into contact with asbestos on the job.
This exposure could prove to be devastating 10, 20 or even 50 years later when a person is diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness. These conditions are often very serious and include lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. In many cases, a person in this difficult situation can qualify to receive financial support, including workers’ compensation.
Handling asbestos must be done in accordance with strict regulations. These rules have been put in place to protect workers and minimize the chances of asbestos being released into the air, which is when it can be breathed in and cause damage to a person’s lungs and other vital organs.
However, sometimes these efforts fail or they are ignored by parties who would rather save money and time than comply with Ohio asbestos handling, disposal and notification requirements.
What this often means for workers is that they can be put in positions where they are coming into contact with asbestos without their knowledge or without proper protective gear. Even when this is not the case, accidents can happen and exposure can be suffered despite earnest efforts to prevent it.
In many cases, workers can seek financial relief in the form of workers’ compensation to help them cover some of the costs associated with the illness. This course of action can be crucial, even if a worker is also considering filing a personal injury claim against a third-party.
Workers’ compensation claims can typically be settled more quickly that other types of claims. Injury claims against parties like product manufacturers or property owners can be much more complex, so some people end up waiting years before a settlement is reached or ruling is made.
Victims of asbestos-related illnesses may not have this long; the tragic fact of these diseases is that they can lie dormant for decades before symptoms show up. By that time, many people are already in advanced stages of cancer.
Pursuing maximum compensation from any and all appropriate sources can help victims and their families cover living expenses, get medical treatment and collect the damages they may seriously need and deserve.