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Asbestosis: difficult to treat, impossible to reverse

There is no doubt that exposure to asbestos is dangerous. It can cause irreparable damage to a person's lungs and other vital organs, and it should be avoided when at all possible. Unfortunately, millions of people were exposed to asbestos decades years ago and may not have even been aware that they were at risk of breathing in toxic fibers.

Since then, thousands of people die every year from illnesses caused by that exposure. One such asbestos-related illness is asbestosis. This chronic lung disease can be devastating and sadly, there is no way to cure or reverse this condition. However, there are treatments available that can improve and extend a person's life and getting help sooner rather than later can be crucial.

Asbestos often found in historic buildings

If you live or work in a building that was built before the 1980s, chances are pretty good that it was built with products containing asbestos. The fiber is often found in roofs, tiling, insulation or plumbing systems in older structures because it was an inexpensive, strong material used for its fireproofing qualities.

However, many people do not know that a building contains asbestos or want to deal with it until a construction, renovation or demolition project is planned or underway. At that point, it is essential that the appropriate steps are taken to have the asbestos safely removed and disposed of. This is what is currently happening at the historic Gracie Mansion in New York City.

FAQ About Property Owner Liability In North Carolina

At the Law Offices of Wallace & Graham, we receive many calls and emails asking whether a property owner may be held liable for compensating a building tenant or resident for contracting mesothelioma due to asbestos used in the building materials. We thought we would use this blog post to discuss some of the most frequently asked questions and answers.

We have lived in the same old apartment building for many years. My husband has been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Do I have the right to order an inspection to determine whether there may be asbestos present in the building materials?

Mesothelioma advocates fight to defeat FACT Act

Advocates for victims of mesothelioma in North Carolina and throughout the country are working hard to fight a bill that is currently supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act – also known as the FACT Act – would complicate the process for victims seeking compensation for asbestos exposure, according to opponents of the bill.

The FACT Act would be an amendment to federal bankruptcy laws. Currently, asbestos companies can set funds aside in a trust that is protected if the company enters bankruptcy. The funds in the trust are used to compensate victims of asbestos exposure. Under the FACT Act, asbestos companies would have to report quarterly to the bankruptcy court. The reports must include a description of the claim as well as why the payment was made to the claimant.

Do workers' compensation claims always involve OSHA violations?

Victims of mesothelioma -- or any workplace illness, for that matter -- should understand that they are very likely eligible to pursue workers' compensation benefits. Most companies in North Carolina and across the U.S. are required to carry this type of insurance and this money is available to people who get injured or sick in the course of their employment.

Many people get a little confused when it comes to workers' compensation and unsafe work conditions that involve the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Some people believe that there must be an OSHA violation or report filed in order for workers' compensation to be available. However, while the two events may come hand-in-hand (especially in cases involving asbestos), they are two separate issues.

Know the dangers of talc and where it is often used

In this blog, we regularly discuss the dangers of exposure to asbestos. However, there are so many types of chemicals and materials that can be just as harmful as asbestos, but like asbestos, are not banned in the United States. One such ingredient is talc.

We explored some of the dangers associated with talc in this article on our website, and we also noted how talc fibers very closely resemble asbestos fibers. There are studies that suggest that exposure to talc can be a threat to consumers and may be linked to certain types of cancer, but it is still widely used in products that are commonly used by people every day. In this post, we will explore some of the products that may contain talc.

What needs to be established in product liability lawsuits?

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with a disease like mesothelioma or asbestosis, there is no doubt that that you are dealing with a very upsetting situation. You are likely consumed with fear, stress and confusion; money and complicated legal claims may be the last things on your mind. However, it is crucial that you understand that you have the option to hold accountable the party responsible for causing the illness.

While dealing with a serious illness or the death of a loved one is extremely difficult, people often find it a great source of relief to legally establish fault and receive compensation and acknowledgment for the damages that have been suffered. There are many different types of legal claims that victims of asbestos-related illnesses can file in light of their diagnosis, though a very common type is a product liability claim.

When spring cleaning, take extra precautions with asbestos

This time of year, homeowners all across North Carolina will be doing some spring cleaning. Whether the plan is to do some light yard work or some more extensive renovations in the home, it is crucial for property owners to take very seriously the dangers of asbestos.

In an article we wrote titled "Helpful tips for North Carolina homeowners concerned about asbestos," we discussed how homeowners should properly deal with asbestos. It must be handled safely because of how toxic exposure to it can be. In this post, we will look at what can happen when and if someone fails to protect or remove asbestos in accordance with safety regulations.

Treating mesothelioma: costly and complicated, but crucial

One of the most devastating diagnoses that a person can get is cancer. If that cancer is also quite rare, it can be more upsetting because that could mean that it is not well understood and potentially very difficult or impossible to treat. That is typically the case when it comes to mesothelioma.

A diagnosis of mesothelioma, or even the potential for it, can be the beginning of a very complex medical process of easing the symptoms and trying to slow the growth of the cancer. Patients often want to be aggressive in their treatment, but it is easy to get overwhelmed by the extent of care that is needed.

Be prepared when defendants deny asbestos claims

If you have lost a loved one due to an asbestos-related illness, you may want to strongly consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit. These claims can help compensate families for death stemming from negligent behaviors, and they can prove to be crucial sources of relief.

However, filing a claim can be very complicated. Parties named in these claims often deny them and may go to great lengths to avoid taking any legal or financial responsibility. This is why it can be essential to be represented by an attorney who can anticipate common defenses and fight against them.

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