In late 2016, the California Supreme Court ruled that companies can be held liable if cancerous asbestos from job sites makes someone at a worker’s home sick.
The ruling let lawsuits proceed in the state on the behalf of family members and roommates of employees who may have brought home asbestos on their personal clothing or artifacts.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the ruling was a result of two lawsuits.
One lawsuit was filed on behalf of a man, age 53, who was diagnosed with perotineal mesothelioma in 2011, who died three years later. His uncle reportedly worked at a brake manufacturing plant in Virginia around asbestos-containing products, and he spent several nights per week at his home.
The other lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman whose husband worked for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, a predecessor of BNSF Railway Co., according to the newspaper.
The woman died in 2009 after complications from mesothelioma. Her children claim that her husband worked around asbestos in the form of pipe insulation and their mother was exposed to harmful materials as a result.
Why is Asbestos Exposure Dangerous?
Most of people diagnosed with mesothelioma experienced some form of asbestos exposure during their lives. Asbestos exposure has been linked to colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer and kidney cancer.
Many asbestos exposure victims are unaware of their legal options. Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with cancer and you believe it was the result of asbestos exposure.
In addition, if you have had a family member die and you believe it is linked to exposure to harmful materials at work, speak to our attorneys. We can investigate his or her career.
Call (800) 637-6347 today or fill out our online case review form. We may be able determine if you can hold a former employer liable.
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