You don't have a cause of action for simply being exposed to asbestos, and let's hope you don't, have a cause of action for being exposed to asbestos. Many people are exposed to asbestos but never develop an illness. You and your coworkers though should absolutely have chest x-rays and a full evaluation by a pulmonologist.
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Everyone exposed should speak with an attorney immediately.
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This is scary news and should be viewed by the employees and employer seriously. At the very least, this should prompt people who have worked in the building to have medical check-ups done. A complicated legal analysis of facts and causation must be done to determine if anyone has a cause of action.
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