(a) Payments as advances on workers' compensation asbestos worker benefits shall be furnished an asbestos worker for injury resulting in asbestos, or the dependents of the asbestos worker in the case of his or her death due to asbestosis, subject to the provisions of this division, if all of the following conditions occur:
(1) The asbestos worker demonstrates to the account that at the time of exposure, the asbestos worker was performing services and was acting within the scope of his or her duties in an occupation that subjected the asbestos worker to the exposure to asbestos.
(2) The asbestos worker demonstrates to the account that he or she is suffering from asbestosis.
(3) The asbestos worker demonstrates to the account that he or she developed asbestosis from the employment.
(4) The asbestos worker is entitled to compensation for asbestosis as otherwise provided for in this division.
(b) The findings of the account with regard to the conditions in subdivision (a) shall not be evidence in any other proceeding.
(c) The account shall require the asbestos worker to submit to an independent medical examination unless the information and assistance officer, in consultation with the medical director or his or her designee, determines that there exists adequate medical evidence that the worker developed asbestosis from the employment.
(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1077, Sec. 4.)