Indianapolis, IN asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Indiana

Q: Being exposed to asbestos in a public area; is this grounds for a lawsuit? Or does hospitalization need to arise?

Hazardous Material was easily accessible; even to children, Mental distress/ Aggravation/ negligence. This is well known to cause cancer and other bodily harm and has been well known for quite an extensive period of time. This is a public area where tens of thousands of people are known to interact with yearly.

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: You listed this question under personal injury. Please specifically state the nature of the injury that you sustained. If you are saying that you were exposed to asbestos but were unharmed, you have no cause of action as you were not "injured." There are no health risks associated with exposure to asbestos unless the asbestos is airborne. If you are aware of a public facility where "tens of thousands of people" are being exposed to airborne asbestos, every year, you should be bringing this to the attention of the authorities. Again, if the asbestos is sealed or otherwise prevented from becoming airborne, it poses no health risk of which I am aware. I do hope this addresses your question.

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