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July 2013 Archives

Lawsuit: Employers failed to notify worker of asbestos dangers

The risks associated with exposure to airborne asbestos are clearly understood. People generally know that breathing in asbestos can do irreversible damage to someone's health, which is why business and property owners are expected to take certain precautions when there is asbestos present.

Victims of asbestos illnesses awarded $190 million

Coping with an asbestos-related illness is often very difficult for victims and their families. There are hospital visits, medical bills and the pains associated with the illness that all must be focused on. This can already be enough for people to deal with. It may not seem like a good idea to add a lawsuit to the mix. 

Police officers confront dangerous suspect: asbestos

No one wants to live or work in an unnecessarily dangerous place. People want to feel safe and know that they are aware of any potential hazards in their home or workspace and deal with those situations accordingly. But sometimes we discover an unexpected and unwelcomed hazard that has been potentially putting us in danger for quite some time and it can be crucial to figure out how to remedy the situation and who may be held responsible.

Lawsuit: Hospital, contractor responsible for asbestos exposure

Too many people in North Carolina and nationwide are under the impression that asbestos is no longer a threat our health. There are people who understandably assume this because we have known for years that exposure to airborne asbestos can cause devastating diseases. However, there are still many employers, companies and building owners who are still failing to take steps to protect people from handling or breathing in the toxic substance.

Company charged for asbestos violations

Despite the fact that people have known about how dangerous asbestos exposure is for decades, some negligent parties continue to put workers in danger by not properly warning and protecting them. Too many employers try to cut corners and costs by hiring uncertified employees to remove asbestos from existing buildings or failing to warn workers of the dangers associated with exposure. This puts workers all across the country at risk of developing a serious and potentially fatal asbestos-related disease.

New information confirms asbestos at building collapse site

Just last week, we wrote a post about the fatal and tragic building collapse in Philadelphia; and we wondered, just like many other North Carolina residents, if the building had asbestos inside. If so, the first responders to the tragedy would have been exposed as they lacked the necessary equipment to prevent them from breathing in the harmful material.

Lung cancer victim files lawsuit against 154 companies

Victims of an asbestos-related disease often find themselves in very upsetting and painful situation. They know that they have been exposed to asbestos at some point and they know that the consequences of that exposure have proven to be a serious and life-threatening illness. Often times, these diseases can be quite aggressive and victims have a hard time figuring out what options they have in terms of seeking medical help and holding the party responsible for the exposure accountable.

Asbestos being removed from 91 North Carolina schools

Folks across North Carolina often read about asbestos lawsuits in the news, and it can seem a little daunting to read about how many parties are usually named in these cases. Many times, there are dozens of companies named in a lawsuit because the fact is that many employers and corporations were negligent in protecting workers who came in contact with asbestos. The diseases that are suffered from this exposure can take years to diagnose so there is no way to tell which specific source of asbestos exposure may or may not be liable for causing a disease.

Were first responders exposed to asbestos in building collapse?

For decades, workers were exposed to asbestos on the job without their knowledge. Many times employers and business owners were aware that employees were being exposed to the toxic fiber, but no action was taken to protect them. In many cases, employers simply believed that doing so would cost too much money. Since then, many people have developed asbestos-related diseases as a result of their job, and they have ended up paying the ultimate price.

Family of asbestos-exposure victim awarded $1.4 million

Diseases that are caused because of exposure to asbestos can be some of the most devastating illnesses. Many victims of mesothelioma, asbestosis and other types of lung cancer often develop the disease long before they notice any symptoms. In fact, a diagnosis for these illnesses often comes decades after exposure has taken place. Even more upsetting is that they can be quite aggressive. By the time a victim learns that he or she is suffering from an asbestos-related condition, it is too late for treatment to be effective. In many cases, it is just a matter of a few months before a person passes away.

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