Q I haven't worked with asbestos for 20 years. Do I still have a North Carolina workers' compensation claim if I get sick?
Yes, you may still have a North Carolina workers' compensation claim even if you have not worked near asbestos in many years. There are several different time limits, but the most important thing is to file a workers' compensation claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission as soon as you think you are suffering from an asbestos-related disease. Every claim will require reconstructing your work history, but if you have been exposed to asbestos at several employers, you do not have to prove which employment exposure caused your disease. When a worker proves that an occupational disease was caused by one of several employments, the last employment that might have caused the disease is responsible for providing workers' compensation benefits. Our Raleigh workers' comp lawyers can explain more, but workers' compensation benefits for an asbestos claim can be significant, including payment of all medical bills, tax-free wage loss, payment for permanent disability, job training, and lifetime widow/widower's benefits.