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Business owner placed on probation for asbestos violation

Any business or property owner that plans to demolish or renovate buildings must take steps to test for the presence of asbestos. This is required because asbestos must be properly handled and removed to prevent the toxic fiber from being released into the air or contaminating soil or water.

Many parties take this responsibility seriously. The understand that asbestos can cause catastrophic damage to people’s health if they breathe in the airborne particles, so they hire someone to test materials. If asbestos is found, certified asbestos abatement companies can come in and properly remove and dispose of the contaminated materials. However, this does not always happen.

Are the most aggressive remedies for mesothelioma always best?

Mesothelioma is a devastating illness; there is no doubt about that. It is aggressive and requires aggressive treatments to help sufferers cope with the painful and serious symptoms. While there is no cure for mesothelioma, there are ways of extending a person's life by slowing the progression of the illness.

Not surprisingly, these treatments can be very difficult for patients. They may require lengthy surgical procedures, chemotherapy sessions, radiation or a combination of all these solutions to get rid of the cancer cells or alleviate the symptoms. Research is constantly being done to measure how effective certain treatments can be, and recently a group of doctors explored the success rates of two different methods of treating mesothelioma to determine which of the two may be more successful. 

Asbestos illnesses can move quickly, and so should you

One of the most upsetting lessons people learn if they are diagnosed with an illness caused by asbestos is that it developed as a result of exposure as long as 50 years ago. A unique and tragic characteristic of illnesses like mesothelioma is that sufferers may live for decades without any symptoms that something may be wrong inside their bodies.

However, once the symptoms do arise, the illness is already moving very quickly. Early detection is crucial, but many people are not diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition until it has already spread and caused considerable damage. At this point, treatment may be much less effective, and it may only be a matter of months until a person succumbs to the illness.

Why isn't my property owner removing asbestos in my building?

Home owners, renters and tenants in commercial buildings should be made aware if they will be living or working in a building that contains asbestos. A property owner has a duty to warn people about the presence of asbestos, but many people may wonder why the toxic fiber isn't or hasn't been removed.

Most people understand the danger that asbestos exposure can pose to a person's health. Breathing in the fibers can cause serious and often fatal illnesses because the minerals are long and sharp and get lodged into a person's lungs and other body parts, leading to cancer. So why would a property owner not have this toxic material removed?

Understanding the risks of asbestos in the automotive industry

As we have mentioned in previous blogs, the use of asbestos in products is not completely banned in the United States. Many parts and materials that contain asbestos continue to be used in products that people come into contact with regularly. 

For example, automotive workers may find themselves handling asbestos much more regularly than workers in other industries. This is because asbestos is still used in motor vehicle parts. Even though use of asbestos is declining, the risk of exposure to airborne fibers is still a very real and very harmful possibility for any person who works in automotive repair or manufacturing. 

Jury awards millions to family of lung cancer victim

In our last post, we discussed the impact that a history of smoking could have on asbestos lawsuits filed by victims of mesothelioma and lung cancer. In that post, which can be read here, we noted that it is still possible to pursue successful claims for compensation from parties who made asbestos or employers who were negligent in protecting employees from exposure to the toxic material, even if a victim also smoked. 

One example of a case involving asbestos exposure and legal challenges based on smoking was recently resolved in favor of a lung cancer victim and his family. The man worked on a cruise ship for 15 years. A year after he left the job, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and died less than five years after that.

Can I still pursue an asbestos illness claim if I smoked?

Making the decision to file a personal injury claim is not something that people typically do on a whim. There are a number of considerations that any person will likely take into account before deciding if they can and want to file a legal claim for compensation. Unfortunately, people can make assumptions about their situation that lead them to believe they cannot file a lawsuit.

For example, some people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer may assume that they cannot file an asbestos claim if they were or are a smoker. They may feel like it was only the smoking that caused their illness, not their possible exposure to asbestos, and therefore feel like filing a claim against a party tied to negligent asbestos practices would be impossible. However, this can be a costly and misguided supposition.

Fight to completely ban asbestos presses on

In a recent blog post, we wrote about the troubling fact that asbestos and asbestos-containing products are not completely banned in the United States, even though the substance is banned in 60 other countries. That post can be read here

Efforts to ban the substance have yet to be fully successful. In 2007, hopes were high that a proposed bill banning asbestos would be passed. Unfortunately, the language of the bill was changed before it was passed, changing it from banning asbestos completely to banning only materials that contain more than 1 percent of the fiber. So what's next for efforts to ban asbestos?

Feds cracking down on contractors who cut corners with asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral that was used extensively in the United States for much of the 20th century in everything from building materials to brake pads.

It wasn’t until after millions of Americans were exposed to dangerous airborne asbestos in mines, manufacturing, industrial plants, construction and aboard U.S. Navy ships that environmental officials finally demanded that the toxic substance no longer be used.

Home renovation can pose asbestos risk

It seems like home improvement shows are all the rage these days. Popular television channels like the DIY Network and HGTV make remodeling and redecorating seem easier than ever, and more homeowners are deciding to take on the work themselves.

However, what people need to know is that there are some serious risks involved with home renovation, especially in older homes. One of the primary risks involves asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a dangerous mineral fiber that can cause cancer and other serious health complications with exposure. 

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