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Understanding what asbestos is and why it is so dangerous

We discuss some complicated and advanced topics on this blog from time to time, from premises liability laws to federal asbestos regulations. But one thing that shouldn't be difficult to understand is that asbestos exposure can be deadly.

Treatments for mesothelioma

Any person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or supported a loved one with this diagnosis knows how devastating this illness is. They may also understand that despite medical advancements, this cancer is rare and aggressive making it very difficult to treat.

Unlawful release of asbestos fibers leads to prison sentences

When individuals are facing criminal charges, they might also face civil charges as well. This occurs when their actions whether deliberate, negligent or accidental, causes injury or death to others. The victims and their loved ones suffering because of their actions often have a cause of action for their losses and damages.

Litigating asbestos claims can be complex, but often essential

We have used this blog to inform readers about the many ways asbestos can damage a person's health, finances, and family. We often encourage victims of asbestos exposure to explore their legal options for pursuing a case and compensation from negligent or reckless parties.

Spice shows promise in battle against mesothelioma


Those who have been damage by the harmful effects of mesothelioma are sure to be interested in any new study that is done on the subject. Every bit of data collected by researches has the potential to change the lives of individuals, families and loved ones who have been exposed to the disease from asbestos, whether through the workplace or other places. Recently, interesting statistics on developments in the disease's progression have been published.

How is mesothelioma caused by asbestos?

People generally understand how dangerous asbestos is. The fact that exposure to asbestos can result in devastating and life-threatening illnesses has been known for decades. In fact, there are a number of laws, regulations and awareness campaigns designed to protect people from asbestos.

Seeking workers' compensation after asbestos exposure on the job

Many of the people who are diagnosed with illnesses like mesothelioma and asbestosis are victims of asbestos exposure on the job. In some cases, these conditions are automatically considered to be a workplace illness, which means that victims are eligible to collect workers' compensation.

The importance of mesothelioma awareness

In North Carolina, there may be victims of asbestos exposure who are unaware of their risk for mesothelioma. It is important to be aware of the risks, symptoms and signs of this potentially deadly disease. Victims of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure have the right to explore the option for financial compensation, making it important to increase awareness about the disease.

Family of mesothelioma victim awarded large settlement

North Carolina victims of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma may be interested to know that a jury from another state granted a large settlement to a family. The jury awarded the family of a victim more than 18 million dollars, an amount that the family's legal representation felt was deserved. This particular victim was exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma after years of working at a Goodyear plant.

What you can do if you believe you have been exposed to asbestos


Exposure to asbestos fibers can be a devastating event. Medical research has long documented the causal connection between the inhalation of asbestos fibers and a lethal form of lung cancer known as pleural mesothelioma. People have been and are exposed to asbestos fibers in many environments: shipyards, ships, heavy industry, work involving steam lines, the textile industry, the armed forces, the construction trades and many others.

Large personal injury settlement awarded for asbestos case

A jury recently awarded a large personal injury verdict in an asbestos case. Readers will take interest in this case because, although this took place in another state, there are many North Carolina residents who have been affected by the dangers and health risks associated with asbestos exposure. The personal injury lawsuit was filed after the plaintiff contracted mesothelioma from asbestos.

NC school evacuation, a reminder of the danger of asbestos


The recent evacuation of a high school in Gaston, North Carolina, provides another reminder that asbestos is still present in many buildings and still poses a significant health hazard. While no one appears to have ingested asbestos fibers during the incident, the reaction of school administrators shows the high level of caution necessary to protect against inhalation of the tiny white fibers that cause a fatal form of lung cancer.

Asbestos now suspected of causing auto-immune diseases

Asbestos has long been known to residents of North Carolina as the cause of several kinds of disabling and fatal diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. A new study now links asbestos to a series of autoimmune disorders that affect the lungs.

Firefighters often unaware of higher risk for job-related cancer

Overlooked or unbeknownst to firefighters, these public servants may face a higher risk for cancer. North Carolina firefighters and readers are well aware of the risk for physical harm when fighting fires. However, it has recently come to light that exposure to certain hazards from fires place these men and women at a much higher risk for multiple types of cancer.

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