A lawsuit has been filed in New Orleans over alleged exposure to asbestos on the job that is said to have caused a man's lung cancer, which is incurable. The former electrician has filed suit against Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, Chiquita Brands International Inc., and several other companies. In his suit, he accuses the companies of negligence from about 1950 to 1979, during which time he was an electrician; he claims to have worked on the construction of a canning room where pipefitters and insulators lined pipes with asbestos, and in boiler maintenance where there was no ambient air filtration.
The plaintiff further accuses the companies of failing to provide sufficient warning about the risks of his work environment, "ignor[ing] or actively conceal[ng] such information, or condon[ing] such concealment". He is pursuing an undisclosed amount in damages for medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and disability.
No workplace is without its hazards, but workers have a right to a reasonably safe work environment. If a supervisor, or even a company, is negligent, then this can increase the danger for employees. This could look like an employer not providing sufficient safety training, not marking off hazards, failing to provide inspections, and more. A coworker's negligence can also lead to injuries on the job. This could mean an employee operating equipment improperly, or not following safety regulations.
Whatever the cause, if you have been injured or made ill from your workplace, then you are likely entitled to recover a good amount from workers' compensation. Getting the full amount you deserve can be tricky on your own though, and a personal injury lawyer can help you protect your rights. If you were harmed by incredibly negligent actions, you may be able to pursue further compensation through a personal injury claim. Learn more about your legal rights when you contact a Shreveport personal injury lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers.