Workers’ Compensation for Mesothelioma
Workers’ compensation can help you access medical care and disability benefits when you have contracted mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure on the job. Navigating the claims process can be confusing, especially when your condition developed decades after the exposure. The Lanier Law Firm can walk you through the steps and help you file a workers’ compensation claim for mesothelioma.
According to data from the Institute for Health Metric and Evaluation (IHME), approximately 40,764 American workers died from asbestos-related illnesses in 2019. Despite the well-known dangers of asbestos, the product is still not completely banned in the United States; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted a partial ban in 1989.
As a result, nearly 500,000 workers are exposed to asbestos annually, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Most mesothelioma deaths result from exposures that happened decades ago, even before the 1989 partial ban in some cases.
Workers exposed to asbestos on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation. The mesothelioma attorneys at The Lanier Law Firm can help you determine whether you qualify and assist you with filing a workers’ compensation claim.
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance policy purchased by employers to cover injuries and illnesses sustained by their employees. Workers’ compensation provides benefits to both the employer and the employee.
Employers who purchase workers’ compensation are protected from further liability, which means covered employees cannot seek additional compensation from the employer through a lawsuit, even if the injuries stemmed from employer negligence.
Workers’ compensation provides benefits to employees more quickly than the court system would and without the employee having to prove that their employer was negligent. Workers’ compensation laws vary from state to state, but benefits generally include free medical care for work-related injuries or illnesses and partial wage replacement.