More asbestos exposure only leads to more lawsuits

Madison County, Virginia (JusticeNewsFlash.com – News Report) – Over the past few years, the number of asbestos lawsuits has risen steadily with more and more individuals discovering they have previously been exposed to it. Between 1940 and 1980, an estimated 27 million Americans workers had an occupational exposure to asbestos that could result in health effects; some were more severe than others. Every individual is exposed to small particles of asbestos in their lifetime; it becomes dangerous when there are large amounts that implant themselves along the lining of the lungs. It is mainly found in those working in shipbuilding trades, asbestos mining and milling, manufacturing of asbestos textiles and other asbestos products, insulation work in the construction and building trades. Demolition workers, drywall removers, asbestos removal workers, firefighters, and automobile workers also may be exposed to asbestos fibers. In addition, those who were involved in the cleanup at the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks are at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases, because asbestos was used in the construction of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Recently, a man in the town of Charlottesville filed a Federal Employers Liability Act against CSX Transportation. His claim states that during the years of 1947 to 1951 he was exposed to large amounts of asbestos in his workplace. He worked with pipe and block insulation and sheet rock – all of which contained asbestos. FELA was passed by Congress in 1908 and was designed to provide a method of compensation for railroad workers who were injured at the job site. In order to win a case in this area, it must be proven that the industry was “legally negligent” and had knowledge of the eminent danger. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma on July 1, 2005. In the case, he alleges that “CSX failed to test asbestos containing products prior to requiring employees to work with them, failed to provide safe and proper ventilation systems in the repair facilities, failed to exercise reasonable care in enforcing a safety plan and method of handling and installing asbestos and required employees to work with an ultra hazardous product.” After negligence is proven, the injured worker is entitled to full compensation. So far, CSX has paid over $30 million to settle the asbestos lawsuits.

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

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