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March 2014 Archives

Could blood test help identify mesothelioma risk early?

Being exposed to asbestos can be very scary, as many people are aware of the serious diseases that can be caused by breathing in asbestos. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people who ultimately develop an asbestos-related disease will not know about it until decades after exposure when they start showing symptoms. By then, it may be too late for treatment to be effective.

How should property owners handle asbestos in a building?

Now that spring is here, home owners all across North Carolina may be doing some spring cleaning and planning home repair or construction projects. However, before people start sweeping, repairing, washing, tearing down or building up their property, they may want to remember that there can be a very real risk of asbestos exposure during these projects.

Asbestos illnesses are still a threat to industrial workers

The link between asbestos fibers and lung cancer is well-known, and it has been medically proven. Many persons who inhaled asbestos fibers, including many residents of North Carolina, have recovered compensation dollars from manufacturers of asbestos-containing products whose products caused them to contract mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer caused only by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. And the Jeffrey Mine, once the supplier of three-quarters of the world's demand for asbestos, has closed. It is located in a Canadian town named Asbestos.

Family members seek justice after asbestos-related fatalities

Losing a loved one to an asbestos-related illness can be devastating. Mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis can all be caused by exposure to asbestos and they can all be aggressive, painful illnesses that may not respond to treatment. Because of how difficult it can be to treat these conditions, victims can often pass away relatively quickly after diagnosis.

Property owners fail to remove asbestos safely, tenants at risk

When people think about premises liability, they often think that it simply means clearing a slippery sidewalk, fixing a broken step or putting up a fence around a swimming pool. These can all pose a threat to a person's safety and they should be addressed by a property owner in order to make it safe for others. However, not all unsafe conditions are this obvious. In fact, there can be hazards lurking inside a building that tenants and visitors are exposed to every single day without even realizing it. 

Mesothelioma victim's family wins $7.25 million verdict

The estate and family of a shipyard worker who died from mesothelioma won a $7.25 million verdict on March 13, 2014 against a variety of companies that manufactured asbestos-containing products. The verdict is good news for residents in North Carolina who suffer from mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer that is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos fibers.

Lawsuit: Employee punished for raising concerns about asbestos

When it comes to dealing with asbestos in buildings and on the job, some employers would rather put their employees in danger rather than spend the time and money to have the asbestos removed safely. These negligent employers have put people at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses for decades, and this dangerous practice continues today in North Carolina and all across the county.

Man pleads guilty to removing asbestos without a license

Asbestos was used in building materials and thousands of products for generations in North Carolina before the federal government banned the product in the late 1980s. As a result, countless American buildings still have asbestos in them, whether it's serving as insulation or some other purpose. As long as they sit undisturbed in a building, asbestos-containing products don't pose a huge health risk to the occupants, but if something knocks asbestos fibers into the air, occupants can inhale the fibers, exposing themselves to risks of cancer and other health problems.

Navy veteran dies from asbestos-related illness

We often discuss the unique risks that members of the U.S. Navy were, and continue to be, exposed to during their time in the service in regards to asbestos. Veterans and shipyard workers are particularly susceptible to asbestos-related illnesses because of long, concentrated exposure to the toxic material that was commonly used in naval vessels. They may have slept near pipes coated with asbestos or worked in engine rooms where asbestos dust was kicked up when valves, pumps and gaskets were being replaced.

Apartment complex residents lose belongings because of asbestos

The dangers of asbestos have been known for several years. We know that being exposed to asbestos can cause devastating and permanent damage to a person's health, as it is linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma. But residents of an apartment complex are also learning that exposure to asbestos can also result in other upsetting damages.

Concerns rise after asbestos found in school

People who have heard of asbestos generally associate the toxic fiber with industrial machines, construction jobs and military vessels. It is true that these are just a few of the environments in which asbestos was commonly used and can still be found today. However, people may be surprised to learn that asbestos still lurks in places that many of us visit on a regular basis.

Video allows asbestos victim to talk to jury after he died

In a trial that may have implication for people in North Carolina who suffer from asbestos exposure, a mesothelioma victim in Illinois made a video recording of his deposition testimony. The video was then played for the jury during the trial in his case.

Company defends use of asbestos in products

In a recent post, we discussed the tragic death of a Navy ship worker who died from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos on the job. Although the man had already passed away, the jury in the case was able to view his stirring video testimony that had been recorded prior to his death. You can read more about that video here

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