Can I Sue if I was Exposed to Asbestos at Work in Maryland?

Some jobs are more perilous than others. However, those in the construction business are especially prone to asbestos exposure. If you are exposed to asbestos on the job, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more.

High-Risk Jobs:

Some of the riskiest jobs when it comes to asbestos exposure include:

  • Automobile mechanics
  • Chemical plant workers
  • Construction workers
  • Flooring installers
  • Military service personnel
  • Power plant workers
  • Roofers
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Steel mill workers
  • Tile installers

Who is responsible for asbestos exposure?

If you have been exposed to asbestos exposure, it may have been a result of negligence. If this is the case, you and your personal injury attorney will have to prove that one of the following parties was responsible:

  • the company that manufactured the asbestos or any protective equipment that failed to work properly
  • owners of the premises where the work was being performed
  • contractors and sub-contractors involved in the work being performed

Your workplace should provide protection, which may include:

  • training of employees who will be working with and around asbestos
  • properly ventilated workspaces
  • monitoring of employees for asbestos exposure levels
  • protective clothing and equipment

If this is not provided, you may be able to hold one of the above parties responsible for your exposure.

Providing proof of negligence

One of the most important steps is seeking medical attention. This will ensure that your symptoms are properly treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries/illnesses.

What is the statute of limitations?

If you have been exposed to asbestos at work or experienced another work-related injury, you may have a legal case. However, it is important that you take action as soon as possible. This is due to a deadline known as a statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury case is typically three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file your claim in time will typically mean forfeiting your right to take legal action.

If you have been exposed to asbestos at work, you will need a dedicated attorney to advocate for you. Our firm will fight for you every step of the way. Contact us today to discuss your case.


The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.

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