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When should asbestos be removed from a building?

Asbestos is a notoriously dangerous substance. For decades, it was used without caution or regulation before the devastating effects of exposure were known. Even after the risks were known, asbestos exposure was a huge problem for many people working or living in environments where asbestos was used thanks to poor oversight and noncompliance with safety requirements.

Today, however, people generally understand that asbestos is dangerous and should only be handled with proper protection and by specialists certified in removal. But one question that many people have is when -- or even if -- asbestos should be removed from a building.

Asbestos: a workplace hazard too many people face

The damage that asbestos can do to a person's health is devastating. For decades, there may be no indication that anything is wrong and then suddenly, a diagnosis of an asbestos-related illness may reveal that exposure to asbestos years ago has proven to be catastrophic.

By the time a person has been diagnosed with an illness like mesothelioma, there is nothing that can be done to undo the damage. At that point, slowing the progression of an illness and easing the painful symptoms is a top priority. Early detection is essential in terms of seeking effective treatment, which is why it is important to know if you or a loved one is at a potentially high risk of exposure.

Children and the risk of asbestos exposure

Readers of this blog should already know that asbestos can be dangerous for any person who is exposed to it. There are some groups of people who may be more likely to be exposed; but no one is immune to the illnesses that are caused by asbestos. 

Sadly, this means that even children can be at risk of developing an asbestos-related illness. In fact, a study out of the UK suggests that the younger a person is when he or she is exposed to asbestos, the greater the chances are that he or she will develop mesothelioma.

What steps do I need to take if I have been exposed to asbestos?

Asbestos has long been known to cause devastating illnesses, but the product has not been completely banned in the U.S. This means that despite the laws and protections that are in place to keep people safe from asbestos, there is still a chance that people will be exposed to the unsafe material on the job or at home. 

If you or a loved one has potentially been exposed to asbestos, you will need to take steps to better understand your options for testing, treatment and legal action.

Workers can be eligible for compensation after asbestos exposure

Learning that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness caused by exposure to asbestos can be tragic. Even learning that you have been exposed to asbestos can be shocking and very upsetting. The last thing on people's minds at these difficult times is often money.

But the reality is that money can be a very important part of getting treatment and taking care of yourself and your family after asbestos has put someone's health in danger. Pursuing the maximum compensation available may be essential, and having the help of an attorney to identify all the potential sources for payment can be important.

What to know about asbestos products in the automotive industry

Companies that manufacture, sell or distribute products that could be dangerous to the health or safety of consumers are expected to limit these risks and warn people that they exist. Unfortunately, there are some companies that place profits ahead of people's health and put unsafe products on the market without adequate warnings and without taking steps to make the product safer. 

This is the irresponsible and reckless route that many companies have taken when it comes to products that contain asbestos. 

Asbestosis: Another deadly disease caused by asbestos

When people hear about how deadly exposure to asbestos can be, they often immediately think of mesothelioma. But asbestos can be the cause of many different conditions that may be less well-known, including asbestosis.

In this post, we will take a closer look at asbestosis and what causes it, what it is and what treatments are available for victims of this devastating condition.

Appeals court: Punitive damages not excessive

Asbestos court cases can be very complicated; in many cases, this is because there is a large amount of money at stake. Product manufacturers and employers accused of negligent or reckless behaviors will go to great lengths to defend their actions -- or inaction -- because they understand that victims of asbestos-related illnesses can be in a position to be awarded significant damages.

Defendants also know that people with mesothelioma, asbestosis and other serious conditions stemming from asbestos exposure are battling aggressive and painful illnesses, so they try to drag out the court process in the hopes that victims will eventually drop their claim. However, there are numerous examples of what happens when these tactics fail. 

The risks of secondary asbestos exposure

For many years, people didn't understand that asbestos posed a serious threat to people's health. Even after the risks associated with asbestos were known, people dismissed them as minor. And for long after that, people wrongly assumed that unless a person was directly exposed to asbestos, there was no risk of developing an asbestos-related illness.

But as we have seen time and time again, these misconceptions about asbestos can prove to have devastating consequences. Take, for example, that last assumption: the belief that unless people have direct contact with asbestos, there is no need to worry about exposure. We know now that secondary exposure can, in fact, be fatal.

How should property owners address asbestos?

Property owners have a great deal of responsibility when it comes to making sure their property is safe. Premises liability is about much more than protecting residents and visitors from slipping and falling; owners must also be sure the structure itself is not a threat to anyone's health. 

This often involves handling asbestos. Many buildings across North Carolina were constructed with materials containing asbestos, and these materials can be the cause of serious harm if that asbestos is breathed in by anyone. Property owners must ensure that they comply with state and federal laws when it comes to having asbestos removed.

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