There are multiple ways to bring a claim for asbestos injuries. It often depends on when and how exposure happened.
Many times, injuries occur due to a work environment or job duties. But sometimes, it could be from another type of situation. Georgia law allows claims for both conditions.
Workers who develop an asbestos illness due to their direct job duties and environment have a few options depending on their line of work. General workers’ compensation claims are open to most workers and will provide the ability to avoid a lawsuit to get benefits.
Three other options may be available for certain workers. These include bringing claims under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Federal Employees Compensation Act.
Not every asbestos illness is a result of working with the substance. In those cases, the Georgia Code has a statute that allows for bringing claims against a liable party for damages. The law provides the ability to make a claim if someone died, suffered an injury or underwent monitoring and testing due to the fear of an injury due to asbestos exposure. Individuals also have the right to bring claims for damages and loss that results from the removal of asbestos.
If you or a loved one suffered any type of loss, illness or damages because of exposure to asbestos, you may have a claim under one of the laws. You can usually receive benefits or payments for medical costs, losses and other expenses related to your illness if there was negligence that led to the asbestos exposure.