Insulation workers play a critical role in construction and industrial settings, installing insulation materials to protect buildings and equipment from heat, cold and noise. Unfortunately, many insulation workers have been exposed to asbestos, a highly toxic substance commonly used in insulation materials until the 1980s.
This exposure can lead to serious health issues, including lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, some of which may not be evident for years to come.
Worker rights after asbestos exposure
When insulation worker is exposed to asbestos on the job, they have certain rights to protect their health and well-being. One of the most important rights is the right to workers’ compensation benefits, which can help cover the cost of medical bills and lost wages.
These benefits may be available regardless of who was at fault for the exposure and may even be available if the worker was exposed to asbestos – but only when they meet the state’s timeline to file a claim.
In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, insulation workers may also have the right to file a lawsuit against the parties responsible for their asbestos exposure. This may include the manufacturers of the asbestos-containing products, the contractors who hired the workers or the building owners who failed to maintain their facilities properly. A successful lawsuit can help workers recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos as an insulation worker, knowing your legal rights and options is important. This will help you protect yourself and get the compensation you and your family are entitled to receive.