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January 2014 Archives

Discovery of asbestos during airport renovation spurs concerns

In Rowan, asbestos can be discovered at any time in numerous places. Often it is found without warning or the knowledge of the owners of the residence, business or property. Other times, the caretakers of the location were aware of the asbestos being present. Asbestos exposure has been linked to numerous fatal diseases and almost invariably results in asbestos-related death.

Radiation before surgery may be helpful for mesothelioma patients

Caused by exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma is a silent killer that is very aggressive. Almost all mesothelioma cases are fatal. In many cases, because the detection is so late, many individuals only have months to live. However, a new study may provide a little bit of hope to North Carolina mesothelioma patients.

Could asbestos be in the air at South Carolina airport?

Decades ago, many buildings in and around North Carolina were constructed using products that contained asbestos. The use of these materials was quite common because asbestos was relatively cheap and the properties of the material provided effective sound absorption and resistance to fire. Whether asbestos was used in a building's insulation, floor tiles or cement, it was a very popular practice to construct buildings using the fiber.

Mesothelioma is a devastating diagnosis for many

Workers typically report for work daily with an understanding of any dangers they could face. However, as medical technology improves, more information is surfacing regarding the causes of mesothelioma. North Carolina residents who are suffering with this condition or feel they have been subjected to asbestos which can cause this disease may take a particular interest in a recent case.

Former school-hospital condemned for asbestos

North Carolina residents who suffer from asbestos-related disease due to asbestos exposure understand the severe health issues and concerns that accompany the disease. Asbestos was used frequently for a variety of purposes before it was known to be dangerous and a number of people who were exposed to the substance and now suffer asbestos-related disease have filed asbestos litigation.

Company fined for asbestos-removal violations

Because of how toxic asbestos is, there are strict regulations for how it must be handled, removed and disposed of. Unfortunately, not all companies comply with these rules. In many cases, companies choose to ignore their responsibilities in the interest of saving and making money. They hire untrained employees, neglect to inform them of the dangers of asbestos or provide them with inadequate protective equipment. This can result in workers suffering serious and even life-threatening illnesses years after the work is complete.

Manufacturer of asbestos-containing products battles lawsuit

Manufacturers of asbestos products and asbestos-containing products are continually at risk for lawsuits due to illnesses that result from people in Rowan being exposed to it. This includes mesothelioma and other illnesses. Asbestos product exposure often occurs due to the companies providing the products failing to inform consumers of its dangers or because they were unaware of it themselves. That doesn't diminish the potential for an affected person to file a product liability lawsuit.

Lawsuit: Man says no warnings issued for asbestos products

When a company makes, sells or uses dangerous materials, they are supposed to warn others of the risks related to their product. Failure to do so can put that company in a position to be held liable for any illnesses or injuries that result from use of or exposure to that product. This is often what happens when people in North Carolina and nationwide get sick after being exposed to asbestos.

The devastating consequences of asbestos exposure

When a person falls ill, sometimes there is no explanation for what has caused an illness. But in other circumstances, the cause can be linked back to exposure to a toxic substance. This is often the case when it comes to asbestos-related illnesses, including asbestosis and mesothelioma. Victims of these conditions have the right to pursue a personal injury claim against the party or parties responsible for the exposure. 

School renovation shows possibility of asbestos product exposure

Asbestos product exposure can lead to serious health issues for people in Rowan. Individuals who have been exposed to asbestos-containing products may not have been aware that an asbestos company had put the products in place. Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, which is a cancer that results in illness and a rapid death. It can also cause other serious health issues.

Residents near shipyards disproportionately affected by asbestos

We have discussed how workers in certain occupations can be much more affected by exposure to asbestos than others. For many years, people in North Carolina and all across the world were working in jobs where they breathed in or came into contact with asbestos without proper protection or warnings by employers. 

Asbestos-related lung cancer diagnosis leads to lawsuit

Even though asbestos has been known to be dangerous for a long time, it took decades before it was finally banned for use in building materials. Unfortunately, many people who worked on construction sites in North Carolina before asbestos was banned may still experience illness or injury, as it sometimes takes decades for the effects of exposure to appear. In a lawsuit recently filed out of state, a former construction worker and his wife are suing 55 companies, blaming them for the asbestos exposure that resulted in his lung cancer diagnosis in 2011.

Case involving asbestos reopened after successful appeal

North Carolina construction workers are well aware of many of the possible dangers associated with their work. However, it can sometimes be the unseen dangers that can be deadly. A construction worker from a Midwest state suffered from mesothelioma asbestos exposure and might not have been aware that it could take his life, even years later.

Asbestos exposure increases risk of death

In Rowan, asbestos related diseases have led to a significant number of individuals who were negatively affected by the substance choosing to file asbestos litigation. Those who have been subject to asbestos exposure or have had a family member grow ill as a result of it are increasingly seeking compensation for illness from asbestos.

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