Mesothelioma and Your Legal Rights - Asbestos, the leading cause of mesothelioma, was known by many companies to be a health risk for their employees. Yet they did not inform their employees of this, nor did they take action to rid their companies of asbestos. Attorneys are now helping people get the compensation they are entitled to for their costs of treatment. Statutory deadlines are crucial. You must file a claim within a few years from the time you were diagosed with mesothelioma. If you are the executor of the person who died from mesothelioma, you also may file a claim, but it must be within a short time of the death. Also, a family member who may have gotten asbestos in a secondary manner, such as, from the primary person who may have brought it home and got asbestos on a family members clothes, may be entitled to file a claim. First step is to contact an experienced attorney who can talk to you and help you get the compensation you need for your pain and suffering and for medical treatment.
Mesothelioma and Your Legal Rights
There are laws in place in the US to protect the public from asbestos exposure.
Older homes have to be inspected before being sold. Current homeowners will have to have the asbestos removed before the sale can be completed.
If an adult is examined and asbestos fibers are found in the body, the physician must call the health department so the person’s home can be inspected. If children are living in the house, then the asbestos must be removed right away. Excessive or prolonged asbestos exposure can cause cancer and other diseases.
If a school building is found to contain asbestos, it is against the law to not have all the asbestos properly removed. After the removal new insulation will be installed and the school will no longer present a health hazard.
Federal legislation states that it is up to employers to have a safe work environment, including safety from asbestos. If employees are to work with asbestos manufacturing, mining or production, the employers are required to provide special equipment, like contamination suits that are to be used and then cleaned at the end of the day. These suits prevent the possibility of asbestos fibers and particles from accidentally traveling outside on their employees' clothing and contaminating families and others. Along with these materials, the employees should have Material Safety Data Sheets as reference information and for any chemicals being used during the day.
Employees have to use safe practices when working with chemicals and other cancer causing substances. There need to be training sessions for handling chemicals completed with each new employee hired and retraining available when an employee requests it.