Mesothelioma and Workers Compensation

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Asbestos is a deadly substance that was used in several types of construction materials. It has since been banned from being used in many products after being linked to mesothelioma. Prior to the 80’s, it was common for people who worked in construction and high heat areas to be exposed to asbestos. In other words, 9 out of every 10 asbestos exposure case is work related. Depending on the law of the state in which you live, you may be able to receive a Mesothelioma Workers’ Compensation. Whether or not you are able to receive a Worker’s Compensation will also be based on whether your disease is an occupational disease. In the case of mesothelioma, it qualifies as such. However, this is only one avenue to compensation; it is highly suggested that you seek an Asbestos Compensation. Where Workers’ Compensation is limited, an Asbestos Compensation provides a much greater compensation, so as to cover all medical expenses as incurred by you. Note, Worker’s Compensation is much stringent on the state level—workers of federal organizations have a better chance of receiving a claim on the federal level.

The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) allows for the compensation of federal employees’ work related injuries or illnesses (5 USC Chapter 81). Program is overseen by the Department of Labor, Office of Worker’s Compensation Programs (OWCP). The four compensation programs overseen include:  Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC), Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC), Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC) and the Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation (DCMWC).

Since a Mesothelioma Worker’s Compensation will at times fail to cover your expenses, you should speak with a Mesothelioma Attorney so as to seek an Asbestos Compensation. An Asbestos Compensation will help to secure your family’s future. When seeking a Mesothelioma Worker’s Compensation, the relevant question is that of whether or not your mesothelioma did occur on the job. If an Asbestos Compensation, the relevant issue is that of whether or not the other party is responsible for your exposure. Asbestos is a known carcinogen that is dangerous to overall health, an exposure of little as three months has been known to cause mesothelioma. Regardless of whether or not you seek a Mesothelioma Workers’ Compensation, it is imperative that you speak to an attorney so as to seek an Asbestos Compensation. Further, it is your legal right to pursue compensation through whatever means possible.

Generally, people who work directly with asbestos based-products are at the highest risk of exposure. In reality, four types of exposure may occur, namely; Commercial-Industrial Exposure, Product Exposure, Second Hand Exposure and Military Exposure. A Commercial-Industrial Exposure usually occurs within the scope of employment. A Product-Exposure occurs when you handle an asbestos product, e.g., working on your home. Product Exposure may also occur in a Commercial Industrial setting, e.g., cement and insulations. Second Hand Exposure on the other hand occurs when another party introduces the carcinogen to a party that was not immediately working with asbestos. A Military Exposure is common to the members of the Armed Forces. Though military members are unable to pursue a Mesothelioma Workers’ Compensation, they may sue the responsible party by initiating an Asbestos Compensation.

In the case of a Second Hand Exposure, a Mesothelioma Worker’s Compensation is basically non applicable. However, those workers that have been exposed to asbestos under Commercial-Industrial conditions may seek a Mesothelioma Worker’s Compensation. Nevertheless, the need to contact a Mesothelioma Attorney still exists. A Mesothelioma Attorney will litigate your case so as to get the Asbestos Compensation you deserve. Remember, an Asbestos Compensation will far exceed your regular Mesothelioma Workers’ Compensation. By contacting a mesothelioma law firm, you set in motion the process necessary to recover medical and loss of work related expenses. Also, note, you were wrongfully exposed to asbestos, and by seeking an Asbestos Compensation you exercise your legal rights. It is in your interest to begin litigation, if you have not yet done so.