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How is mesothelioma caused by asbestos?

People generally understand how dangerous asbestos is. The fact that exposure to asbestos can result in devastating and life-threatening illnesses has been known for decades. In fact, there are a number of laws, regulations and awareness campaigns designed to protect people from asbestos.

However, it can still be difficult to understand why exactly asbestos is so dangerous because it doesn't cause immediate symptoms and the damage is being done slowly and inside a person's body. Knowing how asbestos causes illnesses like mesothelioma can be important in helping people better understand why asbestos is such a hazard and why it can be crucial to hold people responsible if and when they fail to protect others from exposure.

Seeking workers' compensation after asbestos exposure on the job

Many of the people who are diagnosed with illnesses like mesothelioma and asbestosis are victims of asbestos exposure on the job. In some cases, these conditions are automatically considered to be a workplace illness, which means that victims are eligible to collect workers' compensation.

But there is a big difference between knowing these benefits are available and actually taking steps to collect them. Workers' compensation is a complicated and robust system that can be very difficult to navigate, especially when a person is already dealing with the stress of a serious and life-threatening illness.

The importance of mesothelioma awareness

In North Carolina, there may be victims of asbestos exposure who are unaware of their risk for mesothelioma. It is important to be aware of the risks, symptoms and signs of this potentially deadly disease. Victims of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure have the right to explore the option for financial compensation, making it important to increase awareness about the disease.

It is known that at least one-third of mesothelioma victims breathed the hazardous fibers while working in shipyards around the country. Other sources of asbestos exposure come from building materials, in factories or plants and even washing clothes with the fibers on them. There are safety measures designed to protect workers, but there are still North Carolina employees who may be at risk to contract this cancer.

Family of mesothelioma victim awarded large settlement

North Carolina victims of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma may be interested to know that a jury from another state granted a large settlement to a family. The jury awarded the family of a victim more than 18 million dollars, an amount that the family's legal representation felt was deserved. This particular victim was exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma after years of working at a Goodyear plant.

Despite certain safety regulations set into place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1972, the Goodyear plant still exposed workers to dangerous asbestos. The man worked at this plant for 30 years, and the jury found that the plant had been responsible for the man's exposure to the substance. His particular job in the plant resulted in consistent exposure to asbestos while he was at work.

Large personal injury settlement awarded for asbestos case

A jury recently awarded a large personal injury verdict in an asbestos case. Readers will take interest in this case because, although this took place in another state, there are many North Carolina residents who have been affected by the dangers and health risks associated with asbestos exposure. The personal injury lawsuit was filed after the plaintiff contracted mesothelioma from asbestos.

The plaintiff was a man who worked as a mechanic for a period of time during the 1970s, during which he claims he was exposed to asbestos in brake linings. These brake linings were manufactured and distributed by Ford Motor Company and Pneumo Abex, the latter named as defendants in the lawsuit. Pneumo Abex was found responsible for failing to warn that their brake linings contained harmful parts.

Firefighters often unaware of higher risk for job-related cancer

Overlooked or unbeknownst to firefighters, these public servants may face a higher risk for cancer. North Carolina firefighters and readers are well aware of the risk for physical harm when fighting fires. However, it has recently come to light that exposure to certain hazards from fires place these men and women at a much higher risk for multiple types of cancer.

A study performed by the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine found that firefighters are 12 percent more likely to contract cancer and have an 18 percent higher chance of dying from cancer. It is also known that firefighters are twice as likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos in burning buildings. There are many possible reasons why a firefighter could get cancer, but the statistics relating firefighting and illness are staggering.

Challenges of proving secondary exposure to asbestos

Asbestos has long been known to be harmful to a person's health. The characteristics of asbestos make it a particularly toxic substance because of how easily a person can be exposed and how much damage the fibers can do inside a person's body when inhaled.

Another reason why asbestos is so dangerous is that the damage it causes may not be identifiable for 10, 20 or even 40 years after exposure, making it difficult to diagnose and treat effectively. This can be especially true for victims who may never have been directly exposed to asbestos. Because they may never have handled asbestos or worked in environments where asbestos dust clouded the air, victims of secondary asbestos exposure may have no reason to suspect that the fiber could be the cause of their medical conditions.

Where is asbestos often found in homes and buildings?

Whether you own, lease or are looking to buy a home, there are certain hazards that you must be on the lookout for. Often, people think about faulty plumbing, poor insulation crumbling foundations, older roofs and outdated appliances as some of the more significant issues in a home. But these issues can be even more troubling that people may realize.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, asbestos can commonly be found in these areas of the home. Knowing where asbestos may be and what to do about it can be crucial for homeowners to understand, or they can face the possibility of being exposed or exposing others to the toxic material.

Widow's wrongful death lawsuit heads back to trial

Asbestos litigation can be intimidating to people, especially when they are also dealing with an illness or death of a loved one. However, it can also be a necessary means of pursuing damages that victims and their families deserve.

Taking legal action against a company that may have contributed to or caused a deadly illness can provide those affected by that negligence with compensation and a sense of justice. However, it can be a complicated and lengthy process, which is why it can be so beneficial to have the guidance and support of an attorney at every step of the way.

Tracking down the source of your asbestos exposure

Getting diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis can be shattering news for anyone. These illnesses can be aggressive and very difficult to treat, especially when it is not caught in the early stages. Seemingly in the blink of an eye, a person's life can change dramatically.

However, the fact is that asbestos-related illnesses do not develop overnight. In general, they are the result of exposure to high levels of asbestos over a significant period of time. Then it could be 10, 20 or even 50 years after this exposure when the symptoms actually start showing up. Once a person is diagnosed, however, conditions like mesothelioma can spread and get worse quite quickly.

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