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Contractor files lawsuit regarding improper disposal of asbestos

Companies in Georgia and elsewhere may take great care in the disposal of hazardous materials. Materials such as asbestos can be dangerous, and failing to protect others from exposure can result in disaster. A contractor in another state has recently filed a lawsuit against environmental officials who they claim have failed to crack down on the improper disposal of asbestos.

According to reports, the lawsuit was filed in relation to the disposal of materials containing asbestos in an open air dump site. The contractor claims that by using an open air site, anyone who works or lives nearby and breathes in the air could be placed in harm's way. Exposure to asbestos can be harmful, and could cause some to develop long-term or permanent conditions, such as a fatal form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

For health and safety reasons, there are numerous rules and regulations that govern the disposal of such hazardous materials. Although the other party did not deny that the materials were being dumped at the site, they reportedly claim that the responsibility lies with the landfill operators and building owners. Those who feel as though similar actions may pose a threat to their health, or those who have already been affected, may wish to seek accountability through the civil justice system, but the process can be complex.

Asbestos exposure is a serious issue that can have a substantial impact on the life of an individual. Those who suffer harm under similar circumstances could speak with an experienced attorney for advice on available options for legal recourse. An attorney can evaluate the situation and assist a client in Georgia in pursuing the full amount of compensation through a claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.

Source: greatfallstribune.com, "Contractor sues state for inaction on asbestos dumping", Oct. 15, 2017

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