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February 2014 Archives

Asbestos exposure sends city hall workers home

Asbestos exposure can be extremely dangerous. As many of our readers know, today, many people live with mesothelioma that was caused by asbestos exposure decades ago. Unlike many other conditions, mesothelioma takes a long period of time -- sometimes as long as 40 years -- to become noticeable in a patient. Because no amount of asbestos is safe to be around, it is imperative that all companies in North Carolina and elsewhere ensure that their workers, customers and others are not at risk of exposure.

Verdict provides hope for North Carolina mesothelioma sufferers

A recent jury verdict awarding the plaintiff and his wife the combined sum of $27.5 million offers hope for North Carolina asbestos victims. The plaintiff suffers from mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer that is most commonly the result of inhaling asbestos fibers. The man, an English teacher and musician, was never directly exposed to asbestos, but his father worked for a brake manufacturer.

Mesothelioma victim recalls asbestos hazards in video testimony

Jurors got a powerful glimpse into the life and work history of a man who suffered from mesothelioma and passed away before a lawsuit against manufacturers of asbestos products went to trial. Through a video recording of the man's testimony before his death, the man was able to share his personal story about his ongoing and tragic exposure to asbestos during his time in the U.S. Navy.

Man seeks funding to cover mesothelioma treatments

When people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, they and their loved ones can be shocked. This illness is somewhat rare and it is linked to exposure to asbestos, a toxic material, which victims may have come into contact with decades before a diagnosis. People may also be surprised with how aggressive the cancer is and how difficult it can be to treat.

SMART treatment offers new hope to mesothelioma victims

Mesothelioma is an especially lethal form of lung cancer that is most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. In North Carolina, many workers contract the disease after exposure to asbestos in the workplace, either after working directly with asbestos, like maritime workers and steam fitters, or after ingesting the fibers that insulate pipes and other industrial equipment when the fibers become dislodged and enter the atmosphere.

Court makes ruling in product liability, negligence claims

A court in Pennsylvania recently made a ruling in an asbestos case in regards to claims filed by a man who was exposed to asbestos during his time in the U.S. Navy. According to the lawsuits, the man served on naval ships that were insulated with asbestos. For many years, it was common practice for asbestos to be used in the production of ships and many Navy veterans have suffered devastating illnesses as a result of being exposed to these materials.

Can radiation therapy improve mesothelioma treatments?

People who are familiar with the dangers of asbestos likely know that detecting the diseases caused by exposure can be very difficult. It can take many years for victims to start experiencing symptoms of conditions like mesothelioma, and the symptoms are often quite similar to other conditions. A victim may not go see a doctor right away, and when they do, doctors typically rule out many illnesses before they can confirm a diagnosis of an asbestos-related illness. All this can take precious time away from a person's chances at getting effective treatment.

Asbestos exposure at elementary school

Fatal asbestos exposure is an increasing problem in Rowan due to the presence of asbestos in numerous places and products. Asbestos exposure can occur in many different ways. The substance leads to many diseases of the lungs, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and others.

Hotel fire sends asbestos dust into the air

It should be no surprise to property owners that asbestos is commonly found in several different areas of many different buildings. For decades, the toxic fiber was used as an inexpensive way to insulate and fire-proof materials used in office buildings and homes in North Carolina and across the country. While asbestos may not present an immediate health hazard to people when it is intact, it can be very damaging if it is disturbed and asbestos dust is released into the air.

Man names multiple negligent parties in asbestos lawsuit

People who learn that they have been diagnosed with a devastating illness linked to asbestos exposure are often left with many questions. Most people want to know where they may have been exposed to asbestos and how they could have been in such a dangerous environment without even knowing it. Because exposure typically happens 10-40 years before a person is ever diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, it can be very difficult to find these answers on your own.

Contractor exposes workers and illegally disposes of asbestos

Asbestos-related disease is a problem seen in Rowan due to people being exposed to asbestos through the ignorance or apathy of others. Asbestos exposure can lead to a series of diseases that are generally viewed as fatal. Asbestos litigation is becoming a more frequent occurrence for the victim or the families of a victim of asbestosis, mesothelioma and other diseases.

Jury: Brake pad company to pay family $27.5 million

When a company manufactures a product, it is expected to be safe or come with appropriate warnings to consumers if it could cause them harm. Unfortunately, not all companies take these necessary steps. For decades, some manufacturers of products that contained asbestos failed to warn people of the risks associated with being exposed to the toxic material and people in North Carolina and nationwide suffered the consequences.

Jury awards $1.7 million in 2 asbestosis claims

Exposure to asbestos can take a devastating toll on a person's health. The link between asbestos and illnesses like mesothelioma and asbestosis was established decades ago, but people continued to work with the toxic material without knowing it and without proper protection because of negligent employers. In many cases, these victims do not learn of the devastating consequences of being exposed to asbestos until it is too late.

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