The answer to that question is fairly straight forward: anyone who has been diagnosed with an asbestos induced disease, and whose health condition can be conclusively linked back to negligence or misconduct of another party, might have the grounds for an asbestos compensation claim. However, being eligible for filing a claim does not mean that a person is also automatically entitled to receive a monetary asbestos compensation recovery.
Asbestos products have done a lot of harm to thousands of people over the past few decades. Formerly a highly praised substance, known for its outstanding properties as a building and insulation material, asbestos has come to be known a lethal thread to anybody who is being exposed to it.
Experts claim that as long as asbestos products remain undamaged, nobody is a risk of getting sick. The situation may drastically change, though, once damages occur such as broken asbestos tiles or cracks in asbestos house siding. Microscopically toxic dust particles get airborne and contaminate the surrounding air. Anybody on site or in close proximity is at risk of either ingesting or inhaling the substance which ultimately may cause severe health conditions such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and certain kinds of lung cancers.
And as a matter of fact, a lot of the cases where new patients have been diagnosed with asbestos induced illnesses could have been prevented. The risk involved of being exposed to asbestos is known since the mid 1980s; yet, irresponsible employers or landlords simply failed to take action in installing the adequate safety measures to protect their employees or their tenants, respectively, and therefore put them, against their better knowledge, at a high risk.
And such incidents do warrant asbestos compensation claims. In a first step the claimant should seek legal advice from an experienced and reputable attorney with a proven track record of successfully litigated asbestos settlement claims and lawsuits. Requesting a free consultation is advisable to get an impression on the attorney’s style and personality. But even before that I would recommend to get started on gathering as much relevant data and documentation as possible, pertaining to your health condition. This may include but shouldn’t be limited to: pathology reports, any attestations from your health care providers, pictures, employment and rental contracts, etc. The more thorough your case can be documented, the more substantial it becomes, which will help your asbestos attorney to frame a solid compensation claim.
Most importantly, don’t wait but take action right after your diagnosis. The stature of limitations sets forth clear rules and regulations as to the time in which an individual must come forward in order to file an asbestos compensation.