One of the things that people likely do not always realize about asbestos exposure is that it is not always direct. People may generally think that if they have never worked with asbestos or held it in their hands that they have not been exposed to asbestos. Sadly, this is not true. In some cases, the victims of an asbestos-related wrongful death have only been indirectly exposed to a fiber that ultimately causes fatal and devastating illnesses.
The toll that asbestos can take on a person's health can be unpredictable. Not every person develops a life-threatening illness from being exposed to asbestos and it can take decades for a person to even start showing symptoms. This is why it is crucial to take swift action against negligent parties when and if a person is diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness.
There is a general understanding by folks in the United States that if a product is dangerous or hazardous to a person's health, steps will be taken to remove the item from the marketplace. We have seen this before with defective vehicles, dangerous foods and other substances that can jeopardize a person's health.
We expect news sources to be objective and include facts about the stories that affect us. However, news is not always black and white, and neither is the coverage. This may be the case as some news outlets struggle to report on the hundreds of thousands of asbestos claims and wrongful death lawsuits that have been filed in recent years.
People all across the world, working in all industries and living in all types of conditions can be at risk of having been exposed to asbestos. The pain and suffering that the victims go through after being diagnosed with an illness like mesothelioma is similar, as is the devastation that their families go through when a loved one dies as a result of an asbestos-related condition.
People generally understand the dangers that members of the military face during their service. They are recognized for their bravery, courage and strength. However, the unfortunate truth is that too often, one of the risks of serving in the military is dismissed because it may not be well understood by many people. Huge numbers of military veterans have been exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos during their service to the country, and many of them will develop a fatal asbestos-related illness at some point.
Despite the fact that people have known for decades that asbestos is toxic and can cause cancer, people continue to suffer from diseases and cancers caused by the airborne fibers. Tragically, the malignant forms of these cancers are ultimately fatal and while there are treatments to extend a person's life and ease the pain, a diagnosis can come too late for many victims.
Workers exposed to harsh chemicals for a number of years can often suffer from serious illness as a result of that exposure. One such worker, a 59-year-old man in Cornwall, U.K., was been diagnosed with mesothelioma last summer and given a maximum of six months to live. Chemotherapy treatments have helped to keep the cancer at bay, though have also left him house bound and weak.
The tragic truth about asbestos-related diseases is that they often lie dormant for decades before victims begin to notice symptoms. By the time many people are diagnosed with mesothelioma and other cancers caused by asbestos, it is simply too late to begin effective treatment. All too often, a person dies from their illness before they can take the appropriate legal action against the party responsible for his or her asbestos exposure. In many cases, however, family members can pursue a sense of justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent parties for their loss.
While federal regulations have limited employees' ongoing exposure to toxic asbestos in the workplace, the impact of earlier laxity lingers on. In North Carolina and elsewhere, asbestos exposure still is a killer causing wrongful death and devastating illnesses including cancers and respiratory ailments.