Asbestos is also arguably the biggest workplace killer of the 20th and 21st centuries. The numerous asbestos-related diseases, which can be caused by inhalation of just one single fiber of the substance, can take many years to manifest. From an employer’s perspective, asbestos claims are a ticking time bomb.
Record-breaking payout in New Jersey
New Jersey has been a forerunner of medium to heavy industry for many years, playing host to many of America’s best-loved brands and their factories — General Motors, for example, has been manufacturing in New Jersey since the 1930s. A record breaking asbestos payout was recently made to the family of a prolific advertising executive, Mark Buttitta. Mr. Buttitta only worked at GM for the occasional summer vacation during his student years. His father and brother, however, were long-term employees at GM. Often returning home from shifts on the GM production line with asbestos fibers on their clothes, the Buttittas unwittingly transferred them to other family members, including Mark. Mark's disease took many years to develop, demonstrating the long-term effect of this silent killer. He died in 2002 of asbestos-related mesothelioma — his wife and daughters are sharing a compensation payout of $30.3 million.
Specialist court guide for asbestos cases
The New Jersey courts have become so adept at processing asbestos-related claims that they actually have a judicial team dedicated to the area and a comprehensive guide for judges, their staff and the New Jersey Bar Association. The Case Management Manual for Asbestos Claims deals with issues such as bankrupt defendants, multiple defendants and a protocol for producing evidence.
If you have been exposed to asbestos and have become ill or developed a medical condition as a result of exposure, the New Jersey Worker’s Compensation Act requires that the employer provide medical testing and treatment for these conditions.
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