Asbestos exposure and psychiatric injury

Asbestos exposure and psychiatric injury

We were recently able to resolve a damages claim for a worker suffering a severe psychiatric condition from his fear of developing an asbestos-related disease after he was unreasonably exposed to asbestos dust at work. Over a number of weeks he and his co-workers raised concerns about a white powdery substance present at the worksite. They queried whether the powder could be asbestos and they were assured it was not and their concerns were not taken seriously. Eventually experts were called in who confirmed the powder was the lethal blue asbestos and shut down the site. Although he never developed an asbestos related disease, such as mesothelioma, he genuinely feared that he would and suffered a severe psychiatric reaction to these events. He was unable to continue working and requires on-going counselling and medication. He recovered compensation for his injuries. The terms of the settlement were confidential.

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