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What does asbestos look like?

Property owners across North Carolina should understand that they have an obligation to maintain safe and hazard-free premises. This includes addressing and removing asbestos if it poses a threat to people on the property.

However, asbestos is not always as easy to identify as a slippery walkway or poorly-lit hallway. Unless you know what you're looking for, you may be ignoring a serious problem that can have severe consequences.

The trouble with tracking asbestos exposure

Take a moment and think back to what you may have been doing 10, 20 or even 30 years ago. If you were working, try and remember what projects you were working on and where you were, down to the exact details. It's much harder than you expected, right?

This is why it can be so difficult for people exposed to asbestos to track down the source of their exposure. In most cases, a person came into contact with exposure decades ago and may not have even been aware of the presence of asbestos in the first place. It can be a little like finding a needle in a haystack, and you don't even know where to find the haystack.

TNM: 3 letters critical in describing mesothelioma

We have often discussed the fact that diagnosis is extremely complicated when it comes to mesothelioma. There are several reasons for this.

To begin with, the symptoms of mesothelioma are often similar to the symptoms of other illnesses. Chest pain, fatigue, coughs and shortness of breath are all potential signs of illnesses caused by asbestos exposure, but they can also be signs of other illnesses, which doctors typically need to rule out first. Additionally, diagnosis can be difficult because any symptoms that arise typically do so decades after a person has been exposed to asbestos which can make it difficult to connect the two events. But as difficult as it may be, it can be crucial to get an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible, and this can typically involve three letters: T, N and M.

Asbestos claims often left up to victims' family members

In several posts on this blog, we have discussed the tragic toll that asbestos exposure can take on people's health. Unfortunately, many of the cases we explore and talk about here involve a person who has died as a result of an asbestos-related illness like mesothelioma. These illnesses can be devastating because they are often severe and can progress very quickly, leaving victims with few options for effective treatment. Sadly, many people pass away within a matter of months after being diagnosed.

This is why it is often left up to the victim's family to take legal action on behalf of their loved one. Many family members choose to pursue a wrongful death claim as this can be an effective way for families to seek compensation, accountability and closure.

Exit plan concerns residents of town destroyed by asbestos

People across North Carolina may be aware of the devastating situation that has taken place across the country in Libby, Montana. To inform people who may not be, the city was essentially a battleground for asbestos-related illnesses caused by a vermiculite mine just outside Libby. Thousands of people who worked in or near the mine and lived nearby ultimately got sick from exposure to asbestos contaminated materials, and 400 people have died as a result of asbestos exposure.

In recent years, extensive efforts by the U.S. government have been made to clean up Libby and make it safe for residents. Contaminated dirt has been removed; insulation in homes that contain asbestos have been removed. However, there is still asbestos-contaminated vermiculite all around Libby, and residents are reportedly unhappy with the Environmental Protection Agency's plan for what they want to do with it: nothing.

Amphibole and chrysotile: 2 types of asbestos, both dangerous

We often discuss how common it can be to find asbestos in the vehicles, buildings and materials we come into contact with every day. Asbestos fibers are used for a number of reasons, including fireproofing and insulation, and just as there are many different uses for asbestos, there are many different types of asbestos minerals that can be used.

Generally speaking, there are two types of asbestos: amphibole and chrysotile. These minerals can look different and behave differently, but they can both pose a serious threat to a person's health if they are breathed in.

Asbestos in talcum powder poses threat to consumers' safety

Last month, we dedicated a blog post to the subject of talc and dangerous it can be. There are numerous similarities between talc and asbestos, which is why it can be important for people to understand that exposure to either talc or asbestos fibers can dangerous. In that blog post, which can be read in full by clicking here, we noted that it can be crucial to take legal action if you have gotten sick as a result of exposure to talc.

That is exactly what one woman did after she was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Many people in this situation would immediately assume that their illness was caused by asbestos exposure on construction sites or in ships, old buildings, mines or manufacturing plants. However, in this woman's case, she was exposed to asbestos through the talcum powder she used.

Traditional investigation methods may be best in asbestos cases

When people are diagnosed with a serious illness, they typically want explanations and information about what factors may have contributed to their condition. With all the advancements in technology and medicine, much of this information can be made available to patients.

However, people who suffer from an illness caused by asbestos, including mesothelioma or asbestosis, may not get their questions answered so easily. In some cases, the best way to get answers is not through advanced forensics and expensive testing; instead, focused and comprehensive investigation may be the best solution. This is because many people became susceptible to asbestos illnesses decades ago.

Veterans: Seeking help when seeking benefits can be crucial

Veterans of the U.S. military should know that they can be eligible for benefits if they get sick or hurt while on active duty. Unfortunately, veterans also know that it can be a frustrating and complicated process. In many cases, navigating the system to apply for benefits successfully can just add stress to an already difficult situation.

Combine the complexities of trying to get through the process of applying for benefits with the challenges associated with asbestos illnesses and you can find yourself completely overwhelmed. However, it is important not to lose hope or give up. Working with an attorney can prove to be a wise decision for vets who suffer from asbestos-related illnesses.

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.

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