Many industrial workers have been exposed to asbestos, a mineral that was once widely used in factories, plants, warehouses, shipyards, and docks throughout Texas and the rest of the country because of its flame-resistant qualities that are cheap to manufacture. However, research has revealed the deadly nature of this mineral, including its link to mesothelioma, which is a disease that is caused by asbestos fibers infiltrating the thin membrane that encases the lungs. Many people may not be aware that asbestos is damaging their lungs, because it may be difficult to detect until it is in too late a stage for recovery. Depending on how long you were exposed to asbestos, your lung condition could be severe and may even lead to death.
Employers really have no excuse when it comes to asbestos in the workplace. Even if they claim they were unaware of the presence of asbestos, they have the responsibility of having the workplace checked for it. Surviving family members may seek benefits through the state’s workers’ compensation system or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Act, or they make seek benefits through a wrongful death lawsuit. These benefits would include payment for your loved one’s medical expenses and funeral costs as well as loss of future financial support and the loss of the care, comfort, and companionship you must endure. If your loved one died due to exposure to asbestos in the workplace, then you are definitely entitled to take legal action against them to seek compensation. You should never be afraid of a business or corporation when it comes to filing a claim. If they were the cause of the death of your loved one, they should be held accountable.