According to the Associated Press, an $80 million settlement was reached at the end of October regarding long-term asbestos exposure that occurred in a Kansas courthouse 30 years ago.
The source reported that the settlement was reached in the class action lawsuit involving the Jackson County Courthouse shortly before it was supposed to go to trial. The county allegedly reached the agreement with Kansas City-based U.S. Engineering, which removed the asbestos from the courthouse from 1983 to 1985.
The settlement money will be used to pay for diagnostic tests for people exposed to the asbestos during their time at the courthouse. Those exposed and eligible for testing include county employees, jurors, jail inmates and attorneys. It is estimated that this could include as many as 7,500 people.
According to the AP, people who spent 80 hours in any one year at the courthouse while renovations were occurring will get free health screenings every five years. In addition to those who were present while the work was taking place, people who were in the courthouse for at least 80 hours per year after the work was done (1986 to 2007), will get free screening every five years.
The news comes after a woman died in 2010 from complications after inhaling asbestos fibers at the courthouse where she was employed while the renovations were taking place. Keep in mind, asbestos exposure is directly linked to mesothelioma, colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer and kidney cancer.
Exposed to Asbestos at Work?
If you believe that you were exposed to asbestos at work and now suffer from respiratory problems, as this case shows, you should contact an asbestos attorney.
We may be able to investigate your case and determine if an entity can be held liable for your injuries, including an asbestos manufacturer and/or your former employer. A list of manufacturers who made asbestos-containing products and when those products were used is available here. We also offer pages of known asbestos sites categorized by state by clicking on the above web links in the bar.
Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another respiratory ailment. You could be entitled to compensation to help you pay for healthcare costs.
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