Firefighters in the Seattle suburb of Everett, Wash. are filing a claim with the city for $9 million — seeking compensation for being exposed to asbestos during training exercises at abandoned houses owned by the city. But firefighters are not merely looking for a payday.
Rather, they want the money to go towards frequent monitoring of the firefighters in the coming years to hopefully find mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases at early stages should any firefighters unfortunately contract the diseases. The point of contention in the matter is that the city offered this monitoring for 27 of those who are thought to have the most exposure to asbestos fibers, but not the 22 others who were present for the training.
The firefighters emphasized they would rather not go to court over the matter, and are only following through with the claim because they feel strongly about asbestos testing among firefighters — something we here at Asbestos.net share with the firefighters.
“We don’t want to go the lawsuit route,” the firefighters union president said to the Everett Herald. “We’re doing what we have to do to take of our members.”
Companies that expose their employees to high amounts of asbestos fibers, despite their knowledge that doing so was a health hazard, may be held legally liable for the mesothelioma diagnosis of a former worker.
If you feel a former employer or the manufacturer of the asbestos product is at fault for your diagnosis, contact a mesothelioma attorney to learn more about possibly receiving an asbestos settlement that may be able to provide financial security for your family.