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Veterans exposed to asbestos have options to pursue benefits

Veterans of the U.S. military are among those who are known to be at an increased risk of developing serious illnesses caused by asbestos.

Navy veterans in particular were at risk of being exposed to asbestos for decades. The toxic fiber was commonly used in many of the materials found on vessels, including boilers, turbines, gaskets and pipes. Servicemen and women who have concerns about their exposure may be wise to explore their options for compensation which could include lawsuit awards and disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Damages that may be awarded in wrongful death claims

It is all but impossible to overestimate the devastation families suffer when someone is diagnosed with a serious and ultimately fatal illness caused by asbestos exposure. Worlds can be turned upside down and there is often extensive and unfortunate adjustments that need to be made rather quickly, leaving victims and their families feeling lost, angry, sad and overwhelmed.

The emotional toll of such a tragic experience is undeniable; but many people soon realize that the financial toll is considerable as well. While nothing can undo or fix the emotional and physical loss when a victim of an asbestos-related disease passes away, there are ways to address the financial aspect. In this post, we will explore some types of damages that may be awarded to a victim's family should they choose to pursue a wrongful death claim.

Clothing can provide critical protection from asbestos

There are some jobs that require workers to handle or be in the presence of unsafe materials. This exposure can be all but unavoidable. But when workers are exposed to a toxic substance or dangerous product at work, it is critical that they have access to protective equipment that can keep them safe.

When working with asbestos, for example, workers can benefit significantly when they have and wear protective clothing. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers are required to provide this clothing to employees who work in environments with higher-than-permissible levels of asbestos.

Time: friend or foe in asbestos claims?

When it comes to legal and medical issues related to asbestos, time can be one of the biggest challenges. There are a number of complications that time can present, and it is important for victims of asbestos-related illnesses and their families to know what they may be up against.

Time can seem to drag on and on or move much too quickly for people who are dealing with health issues related to asbestos exposure. Dealing with these fluctuations in time can be exhausting, both physically and mentally and it can be very beneficial to seek guidance and support to try and take some control over the difficult situation. But time is still of the essence when it comes to seeking this support.

Study: Multiple cell mutations found in mesothelioma development

There is no question that mesothelioma is a horrible disease that can lead to a rapid, unpleasant death. When it is diagnosed it is often that much more difficult to handle because of the circumstances surrounding the development of the condition. In many cases those who are diagnosed with mesothelioma were unknowingly exposed to asbestos over a long period of time. It is fair to say that many facing the reality of having mesothelioma would have selected a different occupation had they been aware of the risks.

When veterans develop asbestos-related diseases

Many of our nation's veterans were exposed to significant harms during their time serving our country. Some of these harms were ones that veterans were aware that they could face, as there are many risks associated with combat. However, there are other harms and risks veterans may have faced that they may not have been aware that they could be subjected to. Among these are the risks and harms of asbestos exposure.

During the 20th century, particularly its middle decades, asbestos was used in a variety of contexts, including contexts associated with military life. Thus, for individuals who served as members of the military in the 20th century, there may be a possibility that they were exposed to asbestos during their military service. 

Is asbestos banned for use in products in the US?

When a product or substance poses a threat to the health and safety of consumers, it may be necessary to pull the unsafe materials off the market to protect people. There are many ingredients and materials that have been banned for use in materials, but not all hazardous substances are completely prohibited in the U.S.

For example, despite the known risk factors associated with asbestos, it is not completely banned for use in the United States. Asbestos continues to be used in a variety of products, which means that people continue to be in danger of suffering illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos.

Homeowners face losing homes, land due to asbestos

Asbestos is an international concern as it is used in materials that are shipped and used around the world. Even when people living in other countries are affected by asbestos, they still face the same devastation and challenges that people living right here in North Carolina face in regards to asbestos.

For example, people in this state may be aware of the serious situation that many Australians have been facing recently. For roughly 20 years, a company called Mr Fluffy used significant levels of asbestos in insulation for homes across parts of the country. However, even after efforts to remove the asbestos were launched decades later, many homes still tested positive for traces of asbestos. Now, the homeowners are being dealt another blow as they face the potential for losing their home and their land.

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.

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