Today, the dangers of asbestos are well-known. Unfortunately, many people are still exposed to the potentially deadly product in the course of doing their jobs. Still more individuals are just beginning to develop the serious medical conditions resulting from asbestos exposure years ago. Shipbuilders, insulators, pipefitters, electricians, plumbers, mechanics and railroad workers are individuals most likely to have been affected by asbestos exposure; however, any worker who was exposed to airborne asbestos due to unsafe working conditions may be affected by serious respiratory problems and diseases.
If you were exposed to asbestos at work, your employer can be held accountable for all resulting illnesses and injuries through Colorado’s workers’ compensation system. Your employer may be required to pay medical costs, partial lost wages and disability benefits as a result of your asbestos exposure. This is separate from any claim you may have against the manufacturer of the asbestos and it does not require you to demonstrate negligence on the part of your employer. However, it can still be challenging to make an asbestos claim due to the time delay between exposure and the development of your illness or medical condition. To get help proving your claim and getting the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve, contact a Colorado workers’ compensation lawyer at the Dominick Law Firm today at 303-447-2644.
Colorado Workers’ Compensation and Asbestos Exposure
When you make a claim for exposure to a toxin or dangerous product at work, it is important to be able to prove that the exposure actually occurred at your place of business and that the exposure was the direct cause of your medical condition. Because asbestos-related conditions sometimes don’t develop for many years after you were exposed, getting this proof can sometimes be difficult. However, many of the conditions associated with asbestos develop only as a result of exposure to asbestos.
For instance, asbestosis is a lung disease that develops as a result of breathing in asbestos while mesothelioma is a cancer that develops only in patients who have breathed in asbestos fibers. This makes proving an asbestos work injury claim a bit simpler than proving other types of work injury cases for more general conditions such as a heart attack or other types of cancer. Of course, asbestos can also cause other respiratory problems and illnesses aside from just mesothelioma and asbestos, and if you have those conditions- including lung cancer- you may face a greater challenge in conclusively linking your medical condition to your asbestos exposure.
In any case, it is important that you have legal representation to help you to understand how to prove your workers’ compensation case and to help you to enforce your rights under the law. Your lawyer can also advise you as to the possibility of making third party claims against the asbestos manufacturer. Because your employer is covered under workers’ compensation, your employer cannot be sued and your recovery is more limited, in that you cannot collect damages for pain and suffering as a result of a work-injury or workplace exposure to asbestos. Filing both a work injury claim and a third party claim against the manufacturer of the asbestos products may thus provide you with the broadest recovery possible under Colorado law.
The Dominick Law Firm can help you to understand your rights in an asbestos case under Colorado workers’ compensation laws and under the specific policy your employer has in place. Our Boulder workers’ compensation firm has assisted clients with workers’ comp claims throughout Boulder, Thornton, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie, Broomfield, Lyons, Mead, Loveland, Wheatridge, Greeley, Ft. Collins, Superior, Denver and the entire Colorado Front Range. If you live in this area and need assistance understanding or enforcing your rights after exposure to asbestos, contact us today at 303-447-2644 or using our online form to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help.