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Firefighters reach settlement with city in asbestos lawsuit

January 20th, 2012

A group of Washington firefighters have reached an agreement with the city of Everett after filing a $9 million asbestos lawsuit. Under the agreement, the city will pay for any medical tests the firefighters could require as a result of asbestos exposure that may have occurred during a training program run by the city.

In 2007, the firefighters were asked to train in old buildings that may have contained asbestos, using chainsaws to cut up the buildings in a simulation. Upon learning of the possibility of asbestos in the buildings, the firefighters filed a lawsuit when the city refused to pay for medical testing. The firefighters dropped the lawsuit when the city agreed to cover their asbestos medical testing costs for life.

Asbestos exposure has been directly linked to serious diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma, which can take decades to develop. Mesothelioma affects more than 4,000 people in the United States every year, and hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits are filed by patients who contracted the disease after being exposed to asbestos.

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