According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) more than 10,000 Americans will die each year as a result of asbestos exposure.
Georgia is a state with an extensive history of industrial growth. Asbestos was once widely used throughout the state in many different industries because of its heat and fire resistant properties. More than 346 tons of asbestos was shipped into Georgia throughout the 20th century. To date, Georgia has had hundreds of sites across the states that have at one point reported asbestos exposure. Many people have spent years working alongside asbestos fibers and asbestos related products, often without their knowledge or any form of protective equipment.
Residents living close to naturally occurring asbestos sites and construction zones have also been unknowingly exposed to asbestos. The highest rates of asbestos exposure in the state of Georgia occurred between the years of 1920-1980, but new cases of exposures are still being reported. The highest amounts of asbestos fibers were found in the Georgia counties of Fulton, Chatham, DeKalb, Cobb and Richmond. Asbestos was used extensively in: shipyards, oil refineries, construction sites, commercial buildings, military installations, factories, residential buildings, manufacturing plants, steel mills, power plants, iron mills, paper mills, textile mills, rail yards, cement plants, industrial plants, lumber mills, academic buildings, schools, libraries, museums, retirement homes, banks, and in many historic buildings. Asbestos has also been found in the military installation of Fort Benning and worksites owned by Georgia-Pacific.
Georgia Workers and Asbestos Exposure
Workers from many professions have been placed at risk of asbestos exposure. Exposure could have taken place at any time, from the initial construction of a building, to any renovation or during a demolition. The most common professions to suffer asbestos exposure include: insulators, plumbers, pipe fitters, shipyard workers, electricians, auto mechanics, oil refinery workers, sheet metal workers, miners, military personnel, veterans, and construction workers.
Georgia workers even brought home asbestos fibers on their clothes and in their hair, subsequently exposing their friends and family members to dangerous levels of asbestos. Many industries relied on products that contained asbestos. Those employed were exposed to asbestos while on job sites or while using equipment. Common pieces of equipment used containing asbestos particles were: ship building equipment, engines, pipe fitting systems, electrical insulation, flooring, ceiling tiles, boilers, pipes, heating systems, furnaces, vents, paints, cement, roofing materials, brakes, drywall and any other heat or fire resistant clothing.
Georgia is also home to numerous naturally occurring asbestos sites. The Appalachian Mountain range harbors many naturally occurring asbestos fibers. Erosion and mining operations have put thousands at risk. Other locations where asbestos has been found include areas in the Northwestern and Southeastern parts of the state. Deposits have also been found near Macon, Westpoint Lake and Milledgeville.
Exposure to asbestos has been proven to cause a variety of fatal health conditions including Mesothelioma and Asbestosis. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure; it is found in the tissues that surround the lungs, heart and abdomen. Symptoms can take upward to 40 years to manifest making a diagnosis difficult. Georgia currently ranks 26th in the U.S. for Malignant Mesothelioma Deaths. Because of the delayed onset of symptoms, many Georgia residents and workers are currently at risk. Georgia residents exposed to asbestos as far back as the 1940s are still developing asbestos related illnesses today.
Georgia Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Claims
Over the last 20 years, thousands of people in Georgia have been injured by asbestos. More than 757 Georgia residents have died from asbestos related diseases, with over 527 deaths resulting from Mesothelioma. Fulton county alone has had more than 68 deaths related to asbestos and over 62 deaths as a result of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an incurable disease with a brief life expectancy following a diagnosis.
Symptoms include: cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, fever, anemia, bowel obstruction, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, weight loss, finger clubbing and swelling of the face or neck.
Currently there are two types of Mesothelioma Claims:
- Mesothelioma Personal Injury Claims: where a claim is filed by a person diagnosed with Mesothelioma
- Mesothelioma Wrongful Death: in which a claim is filed by the family members of a deceased person who has passed away from Mesothelioma
Victims of asbestos and those diagnosed with Mesothelioma are entitled to compensation in the form of:
- Reimbursement for loss of wages
- Medical expenses
- Funeral cost
- Pain and Suffering
- Physical Impairment
- Medical Expenses
- Economic Damages
- Emotional Distress
- End-of-Life Expenses
- Future Medical Bills
- Loss of Income
- Loss of Parental Care
- Loss of Spouse
- Product Liability
- Punitive Damages
- Monetary Compensation
- Any other expenses not covered by a patient’s insurance coverage.
While no amount of compensation can be made for damages caused by asbestos and related diseases, monetary compensation can help with any economic hardship brought on by this terrible ordeal. Monetary compensation can also assist with end of life expenses and make a difference in the lives of family members who are left behind by victims of an irresponsible industry. Asbestos Manufacturers have placed the lives of millions of Americans at risk for the sake of profits. The dangers of asbestos were even withheld from workers despite numerous medical journals at the time placing asbestos at the epicenter of many health risks.
As the number of diagnosed cases of Mesothelioma increased, so did the number of lawsuits in the state of Georgia. The statute of limitations for filing a claim is 2 years from the occurrence of a wrongful death and 2 years from the initial diagnosis of Mesothelioma. Georgia law entitles victims of asbestos exposure to receive compensation for damages related to asbestos related injury. In order to receive the appropriate compensation, a law firm will need to know: what type of mesothelioma one has been diagnosed with, if the disease can be treated, the dates of exposure, and where the exposure took place. Also any information regarding the types of products used that led to exposure and which companies could be held liable. This information can be attained through the combined efforts of a victim in need of compensation and the law firm that will represent them.
Those responsible for damages include: asbestos manufacturers, landlords and any companies that were involved in the shipment of asbestos. There is also a greater liability for companies that willfully employed personnel at worksites that were known to have levels of asbestos, but failed to warn their employees or take appropriate action to minimize health risks.
Here is a list of successful cases that ruled in favor of those injured in the state of Georgia:
$1.1 Million dollars awarded to 71 year old Georgia Navy Veteran who was diagnosed with Malignant Mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos.
$3,889,764 was awarded to a 54 year old Georgia man who was diagnosed with Mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos.
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