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July 2015 Archives

Asbestos industry ignored government safety guidelines

The health hazards of exposure to asbestos fibers are widely known in North Carolina and throughout the United States. Nevertheless, a recent study has shown that federal regulations establishing safe limits for concentration of airborne asbestos fibers have been routinely ignored by various industries.

Places where the risk of asbestos exposure may be serious

On a day-to-day basis, the risk of coming into contact with asbestos may not even register on a person's radar. Realistically speaking, many people will never have to worry about asbestos or the devastating consequences of toxic exposure. However, there are plenty of people who do worry about asbestos because of where they live or work. 

North Carolina residents: be aware of summer asbestos hazards

Summer is the perfect time to take vacations with the family, spend time with friends at a backyard barbecue and just generally relax. However, there are still risks of getting seriously injured or sick during these months and it can be crucial to be aware of them.

Federal appeals court reinstates mesothelioma claim against GE

In a ruling that could affect claims by North Carolina servicemen and women who worked on jet engines, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit by the relatives of a serviceman who died of mesothelioma and who alleged that he inhaled asbestos fibers while serving as maintenance crew chief during the Vietnam War. The decision overturns a ruling by the trial court that the serviceman had not produced enough evidence to warrant a trial.

North Carolina parents beware: asbestos found in kids' product

Parents will often go to great lengths to keep their kids safe. They put helmets and knee pads on kids who go skateboarding, check for worrisome ingredients in their food and install apps on a teen driver's phone to prevent texting and driving.

The risk of contracting an asbestos-related disease

In our last post, we discussed the difficulty of measuring the number of persons who suffer from or who die from exposure to asbestos. Another way to look at the problem is to focus on the environmental conditions that carry a high risk of exposure to an asbestos or an asbestos-containing product.

Ways to keep employees safe from asbestos on the job

Many products we use today still contain asbestos, even though we have known for quite some time that exposure to asbestos can be toxic. Most people would agree that when a product is proven to be hazardous, it probably shouldn't be used anymore, and in many cases this is true.

Asbestos exposure and deaths: a current overview

This blog has repeatedly observed that asbestos still poses a serious health threat, even though the material has been banned for most uses in the United States. Quantifying this health risk is not easy, but no one can deny that asbestos exposure will continue to cause serious illness and death.

Residents near asbestos sites have higher mortality rates

There are certain regions in the U.S. where industrial jobs and mining are among the top fields in which people work. In these areas, workers and their families have been known to be exposed to asbestos at a higher rate than people living and working in different areas.

Why are asbestos cases so complicated?

Any lawsuit stemming from a serious injury or wrongful death has the potential to be very frustrating. The legal system itself can be much more complicated and slow-moving than people expect and there are many intricacies of the law that people without a legal background can find intimidating and overwhelming.

Asbestos victims' survivors file hundreds of probate court claims

Many workers in North Carolina have died from exposure to asbestos-containing products, and many of these workers received compensation for the disability and shortened life expectancy caused by this exposure. An issue now emerging is whether the survivors of those victims who did not seek compensation can recover damages for their husbands' or fathers' fatal asbestos-related diseases. A recent state court filing in probate court in Akron, OH offers a promising answer to this question.

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