A recent post on this blog explored the topic of take home liability for illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos-containing products. Take home liability refers to claims for asbestos product exposure made by persons who were exposed to asbestos fibers when they laundered or otherwise handled the clothes of the person who worked in the vicinity of airborne asbestos fibers. A recent state court decision clarified the law of take home liability that may help asbestos exposure victims in North Carolina and other states.
The Georgia Supreme Court reinstated a lawsuit by the daughter of a man who worked for the city water department for 35 years; one of his job duties was cutting water pipes manufactured by CertainTeed Corp. Starting when she was eight years old, the daughter laundered her father's clothes. When she shook them out, she noticed a fine gray dust that became airborne during the shaking. As an adult, the daughter contracted pleural mesothelioma, a lethal lung disease caused almost exclusively by exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. After her diagnosis, the daughter brought a product liability lawsuit against CertainTeed for failure to warn of the hazards of asbestos and for selling a defectively designed product.