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Well-known actor passes away from mesothelioma

When we go to see movies, many of us appreciate a good action film that has us on the edge of our seats. However, if we knew that the actors in movies or on TV were repeatedly put in danger of getting seriously injured or sick, we might not be so eager to buy a ticket.

Unfortunately, we do not always realize the true dangers that some people face in the entertainment industry. For example, well-known actor Ed Lauter recently passed away from an asbestos-related illness that his family says was the result of working in TV studios where asbestos was present. It may come as a surprise to some people that actors and others in the entertainment industry were put in the position of being exposed to asbestos, but according to Lauter's family, that is exactly what caused the mesothelioma that would ultimately claim Lauter's life.

More tenants express concern over asbestos removal

In recent posts, we have discussed tenants of rental properties who have been affected by asbestos in their buildings. Sadly, these cases continue to come up because too many property owners continue to fall short when it comes to their responsibility to deal with asbestos safely.

Just recently, tenants in affordable apartment complexes learned that asbestos had been discovered in their buildings. As if that is not bad enough, reports indicate that they only found out about the presence of the toxic fiber after renovations on the buildings had already begun. In fact, the work likely would have continued if not for the stop-work order that was issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. Now the tenants are understandably upset and concerned about their health.

When fines are not enough to dissuade negligent employers

Workers across North Carolina may be a little familiar with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. People may know that it is an agency involved in improving workplace safety by setting safety guidlines and issuing fines, but what people may not realize is that some employers do not take the threat of OSHA violations as seriously as they should.

When an unsafe condition exists at the workplace, employees are at an increased risk of getting sick or hurt. In order to limit these instances, OSHA frequently issues fines to companies after an accident caused by unsafe work conditions. However, these financial penalties may come too late for workers who have already been exposed to a dangerous situation and suffered the consequences. Additionally, the possibility of fines may not be enough to change a negligence employer's behavior.

Could blood test help identify mesothelioma risk early?

Being exposed to asbestos can be very scary, as many people are aware of the serious diseases that can be caused by breathing in asbestos. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people who ultimately develop an asbestos-related disease will not know about it until decades after exposure when they start showing symptoms. By then, it may be too late for treatment to be effective.

Researchers all across the world are trying to find improved ways of identifying, diagnosing and treating diseases stemming from asbestos exposure. This is largely due to the fact that there are so many people who suffer from mesothelioma and other illnesses caused by asbestos. Every advancement in this research could prove to be beneficial for victims, so it can be helpful to stay updated on mesothelioma studies.

How should property owners handle asbestos in a building?

Now that spring is here, home owners all across North Carolina may be doing some spring cleaning and planning home repair or construction projects. However, before people start sweeping, repairing, washing, tearing down or building up their property, they may want to remember that there can be a very real risk of asbestos exposure during these projects.

Many older buildings were built or repaired using products that contained asbestos. It may not be common practice today, but until the 1980s or so, asbestos was used in everything from floor tiles to plumbing to insulation. As long as the asbestos is not damaged or disturbed, it poses a relatively low risk to people on the premises. However, when it is disturbed, the fibers are released into the air, posing a serious threat to anyone who breathes in the toxic mineral. 

Family members seek justice after asbestos-related fatalities

Losing a loved one to an asbestos-related illness can be devastating. Mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis can all be caused by exposure to asbestos and they can all be aggressive, painful illnesses that may not respond to treatment. Because of how difficult it can be to treat these conditions, victims can often pass away relatively quickly after diagnosis.

Family members who lose a loved one to these illnesses can be left with more answers than questions. It is common for people to feel angry and helpless, especially when people learn that the illness could have been prevented. For decades, people have been exposed to asbestos without knowing it. The makers of asbestos-containing products and employers in companies that used these products did not always take their responsibilities seriously when it came to alerting others to the hazards of asbestos. This negligence resulted in many people breathing in asbestos and learning 10, 20 or even 40 years later that they were exposed to toxic materials. 

Because of the aggressive nature of these illnesses, victims often pass away before they can take action against a negligent party. In these cases, family members can act on their behalf and work to hold the appropriate parties accountable.

Property owners fail to remove asbestos safely, tenants at risk

When people think about premises liability, they often think that it simply means clearing a slippery sidewalk, fixing a broken step or putting up a fence around a swimming pool. These can all pose a threat to a person's safety and they should be addressed by a property owner in order to make it safe for others. However, not all unsafe conditions are this obvious. In fact, there can be hazards lurking inside a building that tenants and visitors are exposed to every single day without even realizing it. 

Asbestos is still commonly found in many buildings across North Carolina. It can be under our feet in the floor tiles, above our heads in the roofing or all around us in the insulation. When it is intact and undisturbed, asbestos may not present a serious health risk to people. However, once it is released into the air, it can be easily breathed in to a person's body where it can cause devastating and irreparable damage. That is why property owners are expected to remove asbestos-containing products safely and in accordance with state and federal laws. Unfortunately, not all property owners understand this or take this responsibility seriously.

Lawsuit: Employee punished for raising concerns about asbestos

When it comes to dealing with asbestos in buildings and on the job, some employers would rather put their employees in danger rather than spend the time and money to have the asbestos removed safely. These negligent employers have put people at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses for decades, and this dangerous practice continues today in North Carolina and all across the county.

One man was reportedly penalized by his employer for complaining that asbestos in an athletic center was putting people in danger. Instead of taking his complaints seriously and addressing the hazard, his superiors chose to punish the man for complaining. The man filed a lawsuit against his employer citing employment law violations, but this case also illustrates that these violations also put people's health and safety in danger.

Navy veteran dies from asbestos-related illness

We often discuss the unique risks that members of the U.S. Navy were, and continue to be, exposed to during their time in the service in regards to asbestos. Veterans and shipyard workers are particularly susceptible to asbestos-related illnesses because of long, concentrated exposure to the toxic material that was commonly used in naval vessels. They may have slept near pipes coated with asbestos or worked in engine rooms where asbestos dust was kicked up when valves, pumps and gaskets were being replaced.

In cases when Navy veterans develop an illness caused by exposure to asbestos, they or their families may choose to file a lawsuit against negligent companies that contributed to their exposure. Not only can taking legal action increase awareness of this ongoing issue, but it can also result in an award of compensation for victims and their families. 

Apartment complex residents lose belongings because of asbestos

The dangers of asbestos have been known for several years. We know that being exposed to asbestos can cause devastating and permanent damage to a person's health, as it is linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma. But residents of an apartment complex are also learning that exposure to asbestos can also result in other upsetting damages.

The residents were shocked when they were informed by management that asbestos had been found in the building. Normally, people would expect that they would be given the time to pack up and arrange for new place to stay temporarily until the asbestos has been removed. But in this case, the threat of exposure was apparently so acute that the residents were told they had just a matter of hours to pack a few things and leave. They did not learn until later that they would not be allowed back in the building and would never be able to get back some of their belongings.

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