Asbestos in Police Building in Washington, D.C.
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Oct 27, 2009 in Uncategorized
Airborne asbestos fibers were found in floor tiles and officer lockers at the Police Building located at 1700 Rhode Island Ave., NE in Washington, D.C. The locker room, boiler room and two storage rooms were sealed. It has been reported that officials were first notified of the problem on June 25, 2009 when signs were seen for asbestos abatement work at the D.C. Office facility. Asbestos causes serious injuries including asbestosis, cancer and mesothelioma. Those employees of the D.C. government exposed to the asbestos while working likely have a D.C. Workman's compensation claim and the right to bring a claim non-economic damages and/or medical monitoring.
Mesothelioma is a cancer and a deadly disease that causes injury to the mesothelium and lining of organ tissues in the abdominal cavity. Exposure to asbestos can also cause lung cancer, esophagus cancer, kidney cancer, larynx cancer and pancreatic cancer. The risk of acquiring lung cancer is seven times higher for those exposed to asbestos than for those who have not been exposed. There have been many asbestos jury verdicts around the USA and in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area for asbestos cases for well over $2 Million Dollars. Mesothelioma often remains latent and dormant for years until it is diagnosed. Once it is diagnosed, there is generally a very poor prognosis.
If you or anyone you know was exposed to asbestos at 1700 Rhode Island Avenue it is important that you understand your legal rights and take prompt action.
To bring a claim for non-economic damages against the D.C. Government they (The D.C. Government) must be put on notice within six months of the injury being sustained (See 12-309 of the D.C. Code). The D.C. Code states:
§ 12-309. Actions against District of Columbia for unliquidated damages; time for notice.
An action may not be maintained against the District of Columbia for unliquidated damages to person or property unless, within six months after the injury or damage was sustained, the claimant, his agent, or attorney has given notice in writing to the Mayor of the District of Columbia of the approximate time, place, cause, and circumstances of the injury or damage. A report in writing by the Metropolitan Police Department, in regular course of duty, is a sufficient notice under this section.
DC ST § 12-309
Case law has interpreted this code provision very strictly in favor of the D.C. Government and against individuals who are injured. Therefore, if you or someone you love was exposed to airborne asbestos at 1700 Rhode Island Ave. it is important that you hire legal counsel right away to protect your rights.