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Poor asbestos removal procedures can lead to death

People generally understand the dangers of asbestos. Unfortunately, too many parties fail to extend this knowledge to others who could get seriously ill if exposed. Employers fail to tell employees that they will be working with asbestos; product manufacturers fail to inform consumers that their products contain the hazardous fiber; property owners fail to tell tenants or visitors that asbestos is present on site.

Sadly, even parties who are hired to handle and remove asbestos because of how dangerous it is fail to appreciate the damage asbestos can do to other people's health. They cut corners or break the law in the interest of making a profit, and this can come at the expense of other people's lives. It is important to understand that these people can also be held accountable if their actions result in the death of a loved one.

Woman cites secondary exposure to asbestos in her lawsuit

In our last post, we discussed the fact that family members of people who work with asbestos are at risk of being exposed and suffering an asbestos-related illness. This is known as secondary or indirect exposure, and it is something that has put many lives in danger.

Recently, for example, a woman filed a lawsuit against 47 companies after she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a devastating illness caused by asbestos. She never worked with asbestos-containing materials herself, but over the course of 40 years, she says she was exposed to the deadly fiber as a result of her husband and son's jobs.

Workers' family members at risk of asbestos exposure

Too many people make the mistake of assuming that a person has to work directly with asbestos to be affected by the toxic material. They believe that as long as they don't touch asbestos, there is absolutely no way their health can be put in jeopardy.

But did you know that living with someone who works or worked with materials that contained asbestos can put loved ones and family members at risk of developing serious illnesses like mesothelioma? This is called secondhand asbestos exposure and it has affected many people in devastating ways.

Asbestos-covered pipes: know the risks

If you work for a construction company or own a home, you need to understand that the risk of being exposed to asbestos could be right underneath your own feet.

Asbestos has been used for several decades in pipes used in homes and buildings all across North Carolina. While asbestos piping initially proved to be strong, durable and intact, the lifespan of these materials does not last forever. Now it is very possible that asbestos pipes made and installed more than 50 years could be crumbling, cracking and deteriorating in such a way that could put people in danger of being exposed to toxic asbestos.

Shipbuilding and asbestos regulations

Members of the U.S. Navy and people who work in the shipbuilding industry are often considered groups who are exposed to asbestos much more than people in other career fields. For several decades, asbestos was used on Navy vessels and the people who built the ships, lived on them and serviced them were often exposed to high concentrations of the toxic fiber.

In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have several directives and rules in place that address the potential threat of asbestos in the shipbuilding industry. When followed, these guidelines and rules should minimize the risk that asbestos poses to workers.

Don't lose heart if your case is initially unsuccessful

The legal process of seeking damages for illnesses or deaths caused by asbestos can be very complicated. It often requires extensive research and gathering of medical and employment records, and that's all before a case even reaches the courtroom.

The truth is that asbestos litigation takes time and work. Thankfully, victims and their families don't have to go through this process alone: They can work with an attorney in North Carolina who can prove to be a crucial ally in the fight for compensation. Having the guidance and support of an attorney can be essential, particularly if a case doesn't initially go as expected. In the event that an asbestos claim is dismissed, an attorney can help victims seek an appeal and more satisfactory outcome.

The real victims of fraud in regards to asbestos claims

People who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness have a number of very complicated questions that need to be addressed, from what type of care they may need to how they will provide for their families during a time of illness and in the event of their death.

As overwhelming as all this can be, there is an additional concern that asbestos exposure victims and their loved ones also need to consider: whether legal action may be appropriate. Unfortunately, many people are misled into thinking that they cannot take legal action or made to feel as though their claim is fraudulent. However, in this post, we want to remind people that filing a claim for compensation can be an option for every person or family hurt by asbestos exposure.

Factors that could affect whether a person develops mesothelioma

While it is widely known that exposure to asbestos can cause devastating and ultimately fatal illnesses, not every person who is exposed develops diseases like mesothelioma. In fact, mesothelioma is considered relatively rare.

But asbestos-related illnesses, while rare, are still catastrophic. The most troubling characteristics of these illnesses are that they are often fatal and they can take decades to develop. Because diagnoses can be so delayed, people who have been exposed to asbestos are often very worried about whether their health was jeopardized as a result of that exposure. However, people can get a better understanding of their risk factors even before symptoms start to show up.

Why are there so many parties named in many asbestos lawsuits?

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and has learned that that exposure has led to a catastrophic illness, you need to understand your legal rights and options. In many cases, it is possible to file a lawsuit, but some people shy away from this decision.

One explanation for this is may be that people read about asbestos litigation and get overwhelmed and intimidated. It is true that in many asbestos cases, there are multiple companies or individuals named as defendants. In fact, there may be dozens of parties involved. However, there are a couple good reasons for this.

More than 100 cases of cancer diagnosed in group of miners

A recent report released some troubling numbers for miners in the Iron Range. Out of 69,000 people who worked in the mining industry between 1930 and 1982, a total of 101 have since been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

State Department of Health researchers have been following this group of miners for several years in an effort to monitor the long-term health risks of their exposure to asbestos and taconite. What they have found is that an overwhelming number of people who were employed in the mining industry are now paying the price for outdated mining practices.

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