Mesothelioma risk is one of the public liability issues that most state, federal or corporate entities want to avoid the plague that asbestos and mesothelioma risk provides with liabilities providing massive risk.
The risk visited New Jersey’s city of Paterson who face liability following state Labor Department inspection issues resulting in 13 apparently serious violations of regulations relating to asbestos removal by workers.
As reported in Surviving Mesothelioma:
Asbestos is the primary cause of malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer. Workers exposed to the asbestos now face an increased lifetime risk of developing mesothelioma. Paterson could face fines of $4,500 per day for each OSHA violation unless it complies with state safety requirements.
In Utah, a Federal Court has rejected the so-called “every exposure” theory in the case of a mechanic with mesothelioma. The man claimed that his mesothelioma was triggered by exposure to brake dust from the defendant’s asbestos brakes. Although his lawyer brought in a physician to testify that any amount of asbestos exposure could cause mesothelioma, the court rejected the idea as “inadmissible speculation that is devoid of responsible scientific support.” The decision may make it more difficult for future mesothelioma patients to be compensated for their injuries.
Finally, in Missouri, mesothelioma victims can expect larger payouts from the court in cases of employer liability if Senate Bill 1 is passed. The bill would require mesothelioma to be covered under worker’s compensation benefits. The bill also contains provisions to ensure that patients with mesothelioma, asbestosis and eight other toxic exposure diseases are entitled to extra compensation. Employers would be required to pay, in lump sum, 300 percent of the state’s average weekly wage for 191 weeks. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, whose family has been affected by mesothelioma, is expected to sign the bill.