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November 2016 Archives

What are asbestos-related diseases?

Many people in North Carolina have contracted an asbestos-related disease because of on-the-job exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. This post will summarize the symptoms of the three diseases that are most commonly caused by asbestos product exposure: mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.

Jury awards $12.5 million in asbestos death of lifelong smoker

Many residents of North Carolina are smokers and many have been exposed to asbestos fibers. A large number of smokers suffer from one or more asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma. These people often wonder whether their history of smoking precludes recovering damages from the manufacturers of the asbestos products to which they were exposed. A recent jury verdict provided a heartening example for smokers who suffer from lung diseases that may have been caused by asbestos products exposure.

What is "take-home" liability for asbestos exposure?

Most of the asbestos exposure cases from North Carolina and elsewhere that have been discussed in this blog involve direct exposure, that is, the plaintiff was exposed to asbestos fibers on the job or elsewhere. A number of recent cases have focused on a different kind of liability - the harm caused by asbestos fibers that were inhaled by a family member as he or she laundered the work clothing of someone who was exposed to asbestos fibers during the work day. In this post, we will review so called "take-home" liability for asbestos product exposure.

Cancer victim who used talc obtains $18M jury verdict

This blog has previously written about the presence of asbestos fibers in talc, the fine white power that is used in cosmetics and baby power and is a common presence in many North Carolina households. The hazards of talc as an asbestos-containing product are just now emerging, as revealed by a recent $18.07 million verdict in favor of a man exposed to asbestos by using talc.

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