Everyone who has reached the age of 50 or 60 understands that there are certain screening procedures that are used to identify certain cancer. For example, everyone is encouraged to receive a colonoscopy at age 50 to check for signs of colon cancer. Unfortunately, there isn't any such screening procedure available for ovarian cancer. Therefore, ovarian cancer is an active area of research and more information is discovered about this deadly disease regularly.
While the majority of asbestos litigation is brought by those who have had firsthand exposure to asbestos and asbestos-related products, typically on the job, those who have suffered injury and loss due to secondhand asbestos exposure may also have the ability to obtain compensation. The number of these cases is small, but they do exist.
We’ve been looking in recent posts about employer responsibilities, and employee rights, when it comes to workplace accidents. These responsibilities include OSHA regulations and penalties, as well as workers’ compensation insurance responsibilities.
Previously, we began speaking generally about the workplace safety responsibilities employers have with respect to asbestos exposure. As we noted, employers are bound by various safety requirements, including those enforced by OSHA, and can face penalties for failing to abide by these rules. Employees who are harmed by an employer’s violations of these rules can and should see to it that these violations are reported to the proper authorities.
Many cases of asbestos exposure occur, or have occurred, in connection with employment. Workers who have been exposed to asbestos on the job and who, years later, develop serious asbestos-related medical conditions have the right to hold their employer responsible and to seek appropriate compensation.
While asbestos is still used in some products, its use is down quite a bit from where it once was. Prior to the late 1980s, it was used in all sorts of products. This includes: flooring products, ceiling products, wall products, roofing products, chimney products, heating/cooling system products, electrical products, welding products, auto products, turbines, kilns and ovens. Lists of some of the products within these categories that asbestos used to commonly be in can be found on our firm’s page on asbestos exposure.
Most people who own a television have seen ads that are directed towards victims of asbestos exposure or who have passed away from an asbestos-related disease known as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is almost always fatal. However, if it is diagnosed and treated as soon as symptoms begin to manifest, victims might add decades to their life expectancy.