1.3 million workers are exposed to asbestos daily as a result of being subjected to exposure in buildings where they work. As a result, two senators have proposed the READ Act, legislation that would amend the 1988 Asbestos Information Act and require companies to update the database of locations where asbestos can be found. The bill, aimed at reducing asbestos exposure, would also require any company handling materials containing asbestos to update the database annually. The previous act only required an initial one time reporting.
Many new cases of asbestos related illnesses emerge each year, despite the use of asbestos products being banned decades ago. In fact, because asbestos still remains in many older buildings, it is reported that 10,000 workers die annually as a result of asbestos exposure. Often, symptoms do not arise until decades later, at the point when treatment options may be less successful. In one recent case, workers who removed asbestos from a Missouri courthouse in the 1980’s have filed suit for medical expenses and damages due to their exposure.
Those who worked in shipyards are at a heightened risk for mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos. It is estimated that 100,000 have died or will die as a result. In addition to those who had been employed in shipyards, other groups at an increased risk for mesothelioma include Navy veterans, power or machinery plant workers, electricians, construction workers, plumbers, etc.
If you have been exposed to asbestos due to your occupation and are suffering from a related illness, contact an attorney who is experienced in dealing with these matters who will ensure that you receive the appropriate compensation. Call the attorneys at Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP at (212)571-7171.