Legal recourse for toxic exposure in the workplace

Countless individuals have contracted mesothelioma and other lung diseases as a result of exposure to Asbestos. Fortunately, legal recourse is available to sufferers and their families.

Manufacturers have a duty to make sure that the products they offer to consumers are safe and fit for use. But, in some cases, dangerous products slip through the cracks, are placed in the hands of the public, and cause injury or even death.

Sadly, many who do sustain injuries from dangerous products are workers-particularly employees who work in manufacturing, construction, and warehouse settings. And these products are often toxic chemicals or hazardous substances, like Asbestos. Countless consumers and employees have contracted mesothelioma and other lung diseases as a result of exposure to Asbestos.

Fortunately, legal recourse is available to sufferers and their families.

Workers' compensation

Workers' compensation may be one avenue available. Workers' compensation is a system that provides benefits to employees who have suffered an injury or become ill as a result of working alongside toxic substances or chemicals.

It doesn't matter if the employee no longer works for the company. Employees can still file a workers' compensation claim as long as their symptoms were not apparent when they were working with the substance at their place of employment.

This often happens with illnesses such as mesothelioma or black-lung disease. Symptoms do not typically manifest until years after exposure.

A product liability claim

Filing a product liability lawsuit may be another potential avenue. A product liability claim is essentially a negligence claim filed against a party because of a particular defect in a product that causes injury or death to an individual.

A defect in the manufacturing of a product, for instance, can give rise to a product liability claim. Generally, a product contains a manufacturing defect if it was made outside standard manufacturing protocols, thereafter placed on the market, and injured a consumer or worker.

Alternately, a defect in the marketing of the product can also give rise to a product liability cause of action. A marketing defect typically occurs if the product did not come equipped with adequate warnings or instructions for the consumer and that failure caused injury or death as a result.

Consulting with a lawyer

If you or a family member is suffering from a work-related illness, consulting with an experienced attorney is the first step in determining the appropriate course of action. A lawyer can expand on the legal recourse options outlined above and provide the best solutions as they pertain to your individual circumstances. Medical bills, rehabilitation services, lost wages, and pain and are types of potential compensation you may be entitled to.

Keywords: Mesothelioma, asbestos, workers' compensation, product liability