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December 2013 Archives

Man seeks compensation for father's fatal mesothelioma

In North Carolina, an increasing number of people who have lost a loved one who has died of asbestos or fatal mesothelioma are choosing to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. When a loved one has died of mesothelioma, the obvious reason that family members will point to is exposure to agents that might cause the disease such asbestos.

South Carolina fire damage to be tested again for asbestos

Although some people in South Carolina may not truly understand the danger that asbestos can cause, look no further than the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's decision to test the debris of a ruined floral shop for asbestos for a third time. While there were traces of asbestos found in late October, it appears that it was difficult to determine exactly which products contained asbestos and which could be salvaged.

North Carolina residents may want to follow mesothelioma case

The vast majority of North Carolina residents, as well as individuals across the country, assume that the air they are breathing is relatively clean and safe. Over the years, laws have been put into place to ensure this. Unfortunately, for many middle-aged and older Americans, exposure to asbestos and other dangers in our air occurred when little thought was given to air safety, resulting in mesothelioma and other illnesses.

Job training program for students leads to asbestos litigation

Most North Carolina readers are likely aware of the dangers of asbestos and the health issues that it can cause. Because of this, federal law requires that asbestos removal be performed by trained individuals who have the proper equipment and gear to prevent exposure. Anyone who violates this law may be subject to federal prosecution and civil asbestos litigation. In an out-of-state case, three men who ran a job training program now face civil suits by former students who claim that they unknowingly removed asbestos materials during a building renovation.

Son files lawsuit after father dies of mesothelioma

Losing a loved one who has suffered an asbestos-related illness can be devastating. These tragic deaths can happen quite quickly after a diagnosis, which can leave family members hurt, confused and looking for answers and a sense of closure and justice. These deaths are typically not accidental; they can be the result of extreme and long-term negligence. Under these circumstances, it may be appropriate for family members to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for exposing a victim to asbestos.

Workplace illness could be found at building site

Many people in North Carolina and around the region know by now that asbestos is an unsafe product that can cause lung cancer and other very serious conditions. Some of these illnesses can even lead to death. It is therefore unfortunate and disturbing when a company, knowing this, still insists on having its employees remove material containing asbestos. It is even more disturbing when this is done intentionally and in light of allegations of pure financial gain for the company.

Mesothelioma victims win big after state Supreme Court ruling

People all over the country have suffered from illnesses related to exposure to asbestos. In North Carolina alone, too many people have died or lost loved ones from mesothelioma, asbestosis and other tragic illnesses. It has long been an issue that millions of people have been faced with and one that people will continue to deal with for many more years.

Report: Firefighters at increased risk of asbestos-related cancer

If you or a loved one is a firefighter, there is a very real threat that asbestos-related illnesses are a serious concern. Numerous studies have been conducted to measure the impact that asbestos exposure has on firefighters and their families, and a recent survey reportedly confirms that asbestos is contributing to a higher rate of cancer in this population.

U.S. military members exposed to high levels of asbestos

We often discuss some of the people who are disproportionately exposed to asbestos on this blog. We have looked at some of the unique challenges that construction workers, plumbers and railroad workers face because of their increased risk of coming into contact with asbestos. But did you know that about 30 percent of all the people diagnosed with mesothelioma are veterans of the military?

Have we forgotten about the 9/11 workers exposed to asbestos?

The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2011 have been widely regarded as one of the worst events in American history. But it was also a day that saw many heroic efforts by emergency responders and volunteers who rushed in to save lives and protect others. The importance of their aid could never be overstated. However, some workers now fear that their assistance has put their own lives in danger and some do not feel as though they will get the same type of help.

Man claims employers failed to protect him from asbestos exposure

When an employer knows that the work they are having an employee do could bring the employee into contact with asbestos, it is incredibly important for the employer to do everything they can to protect their employee's health and safety. This includes providing their employee with proper safety training and all necessary protective equipment.

Victims of asbestos-related illnesses still suffering in Montana

People in and around North Carolina should be aware by now that asbestos is a toxic and potentially lethal substance. Once it is inhaled or ingested, it can do catastrophic damage to a person's lungs that may not even show up for decades. By then, the fiber has already done considerable damage and victim may only have a matter of months to live. The diseases caused by asbestos can be devastating for victims and their families to cope with.

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