Current Cases of Asbestos Exposure

With the widespread information campaign about the dangers of asbestos, and the stringent laws against the use of the compound in any but the most specific circumstances in the US, it seems strange that not one but two companies are being charged sanctioned for exposing their employees to asbestos exposure.

Many of the older buildings in the US are built with materials that contain asbestos, and some companies have specialized in the demolition of such buildings with emphasis on the proper removal and disposal of these materials. This was what the Department of Labor and Industries contracted Partners Construction Inc. and Asbestos Construction Management Inc. for when they were tasked one after the other to demolish a residential building in Seattle.

Investigations into job were prompted when an employee revealed that a considerable quantity of asbestos remained on the property after the first company Partners Construction claimed that the job had been completed. Asbestos Construction Management then took over after Partners Construction was decertified, but it turns out that there was a close family link between the two companies, and is currently in the process of decertification.

Employees alleged that both companies had exposed them to asbestos in the demolition process, and the agency is charging them for willfully and knowingly violating 19 safety and health regulations. Fines of nearly $380,000 may be levied against the two companies.

Prolonged and significant asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, a form of cancer, or asbestosis, but the symptoms usually takes years to manifest after exposure. Because the causative link is well-established with asbestos, it is enough for a plaintiff in a personal injury claim to show that there was significant exposure within the relevant period to prove liability.

If you believe that your medical condition was caused by negligent toxic exposure, you may have a claim against the responsible party. However, you should take action as soon as you confirm your medical condition as the statute of limitations starts from the time of discovery in most states.

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