Asbestos exposure poses significant health risks and can lead to serious diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Workers in Georgia who have potentially received asbestos exposure on a job site may wonder if they have legal recourse against their employers or other responsible parties. In this article, consider the options Georgia workers have when in this situation.
Occupational exposure to asbestos in Georgia
Workers in certain industries, such as construction, shipbuilding and manufacturing, face a higher risk of asbestos exposure. In Georgia, if a worker becomes ill due to asbestos exposure on the job, they can file a claim for workers’ compensation, which can provide medical benefits and wage loss compensation.
The potential for legal action
In some cases, workers might also have the right to file a lawsuit against a third party, such as a manufacturer of asbestos-containing materials, if their products contributed to the worker’s exposure and subsequent illness.
Challenges in asbestos exposure lawsuits
However, pursuing a lawsuit for asbestos exposure can be complex. Asbestos-related diseases often do not manifest until decades after the initial exposure, making it difficult to establish a direct link between the illness and the job site exposure. Furthermore, multiple parties may be responsible for the exposure, complicating the process of directing responsibility.
Next steps after asbestos exposure
If a worker in Georgia believes that asbestos exposure has occurred on a job site, they should first seek medical attention. They should also report the exposure to their employer as soon as possible. Documenting the exposure and maintaining a record of any related health issues can be crucial in supporting a workers’ compensation claim or a potential lawsuit.
Understanding the legal landscape and taking prompt action can be important steps in obtaining the necessary medical care and financial support.