When an employer knows that the work they are having an employee do could bring the employee into contact with asbestos, it is incredibly important for the employer to do everything they can to protect their employee’s health and safety. This includes providing their employee with proper safety training and all necessary protective equipment.
When an employer fails to take proper steps to protect their employees from accidental asbestos exposure, it can be catastrophic for employees. For example, employees can sometimes develop cancer, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer, from inhaling asbestos. No worker here in North Carolina should have to face a cancer diagnosis because their employer failed to act properly in regards to asbestos-related safety.
Recently, a personal injury case involving asbestos, cancer and allegations of employer negligence has come up in another state.
The case involves a man from Louisiana and four companies he worked for in the 1960s and 1970s. The man claims that these four companies committed negligence, such as failing to provide him with proper personal protective equipment, and that this negligence resulted in him inhaling a large amount of asbestos when he worked for them.
The man alleges that this exposure to asbestos caused him to develop two types of cancer: brain cancer and lung cancer. Additionally, he says the exposure has led to him suffering various lung problems.
The man has brought a lawsuit against the four companies in relation to the negligence allegations. The lawsuit asks for several different types of damages.
Source: The Louisiana Record, “Marrero resident sues previous employers claiming brain cancer result of asbestos exposure,” Michelle Keahey, Dec. 2, 2013