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Asbestos Exposure and Workplace Compensation

Asbestos is a dangerous mineral that has been associated with serious cardiovascular diseases. Studies have found that long-term exposure to this mineral can lead to malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis, and stroke.

If you or someone you know has suffered from serious health issues due to asbestos exposure at work, you can sue the employer to get compensation. Here we will inform you about your legal rights in case of asbestos exposure at work.

Jobs with High Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is known to be carcinogenic. Long-term exposure to the mineral results in serious heart and lung complications. Microscopic asbestos fibers can get trapped inside the lungs. Our bodies cannot remove these fibers naturally. So, long-term exposure to the asbestos fibers can compromise the ability of the lungs to function properly ultimately leading to death.

Certain jobs have a high risk of asbestos exposure. Some of the high-risk jobs where workers can be exposed to asbestos during the course of the work include the following.

  • Power Plants —Workers who are employed at power plants are at risk of asbestos exposure. The risk is particularly high for workers in old power plants where asbestos-containing materials are present. Insulators, electricians, pipefitters, and welders can get exposed to asbestos while at work.
  • Shipbuilding — Shipbuilding workers can also get exposed to asbestos. Materials that commonly contain asbestos include turbines, boilers, valves, steam pipes. Drilling or cutting into the products during repair work can result in anasbestos exposure.
  • Construction — Asbestos containing materials are common in old homes. Construction workers, pipe fitters, and plumbers can get exposed to carcinogenic asbestos fibers while performing repair or demolition work of old homes.
  • Mining — Workers who mine vermiculite, talc, and asbestos are at risk of heavy exposure to asbestos. Poor ventilation and lack of proper protection can lead to high exposure to asbestos leading to lung cancer and other illnesses.

Know Your Legal Rights in Case of Asbestos Exposure

Employers have a legal obligation to ensure that no worker gets exposed to asbestos. An employee who gets seriously ill due to asbestos exposure can file a claim in the court to get compensation for the losses.
Worker compensation laws allow employees to claim the following benefits in case the employer is found guilty of not protecting the employees from workplace exposure.

  • Permanent disability payments
  • Payment for vocational rehabilitation
  • Medical care costs
  • Replacement income for temporary or permanent disability
  • Compensation for emotional pain suffered due to the illness

Attorney Albert E Hirst is a highly skilled workers’ compensation attorney serving California work related mesothelioma claims. Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the legal complexities associated with filing workplace compensation. For more information on how to make a strong claim for serious illnesses that occur due to asbestos exposure at the workplace, you can contact us by dialing (909) 885-7190.