The Evolving Case of Second Hand Asbestos Exposure
Asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer are all very tragic conditions, and are ones that can severely impair a person’s quality of life, lead to pain and suffering, result in death, and leave surviving family members to struggle emotionally and financially. Because most asbestos exposure occurs in an employment setting, an affected person’s previous employer, or a manufacturer or distributor of asbestos-containing products, may be held liable. Proving that asbestos exposure occurred in a workplace setting, and that this exposure was the direct cause of asbestosis, can be difficult to do. This is why working with a legal team that has experience and a proven track record of successful asbestos related cases is critical. Our team is ready to fight for you and your family and will stand up to the courts and fight to get the compensation you and your family deserve! It is not always easy and even when current trends seem to make cases for second hand asbestos exposure lawsuits harder, we are still determined to help you fight for your rights.
No Liability for Second Hand Asbestos Exposure
“Employers can’t be held liable to somebody who contracted cancer from asbestos brought home on a parent’s work clothes, according to a decision handed down on Friday by the Arizona Supreme Court. The case stems from the 2014 death of Ernest Quiroz Jr., whose 2013 negligence lawsuit contends he was exposed to asbestos on his father’s work clothes and developed mesothelioma as a result. Quiroz’s father worked at a Reynolds Metal Co. plant between 1948 and 1983. The suit argued that Reynolds Metal Co. was legally obligated to avoid creating hazardous conditions that would injure people off its property. However, lower courts ruled that Reynolds, which was later purchased by Alcoa Inc., didn’t have a legal obligation to Quiroz, for secondary or take home asbestos exposure – when an employee carries asbestos fibers on their work clothes offsite – something required for a negligence claim” (Claims Journal). It is important to note that every case is different and current trends like these should not deter you or cause you to lose hope. Even in states that have passed down rulings like this in recent years can still have second hand asbestos cases won. This is why you need to speak to your legal team about the options that are available and what all can be done to help you win your case!
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