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Large asbestos settlement result of attorney leg work

Many people in North Carolina still suffer the debilitating effects of exposure to asbestos fibers. A recent settlement of an asbestos lawsuit for $10.8 million shows that claims for exposure to asbestos-containing products can succeed if enough work is put into preparation of the case.

When should asbestos be removed from a building?

Asbestos is a notoriously dangerous substance. For decades, it was used without caution or regulation before the devastating effects of exposure were known. Even after the risks were known, asbestos exposure was a huge problem for many people working or living in environments where asbestos was used thanks to poor oversight and noncompliance with safety requirements.

Asbestos claims need legal representation

People in North Carolina are still getting sick from exposure to asbestos fibers. These people probably worked in a shipyard or a military installation or were employed in the construction industry or energy industry where they were responsible for installing or repairing asbestos-containing products. While working, they inhaled airborne asbestos fibers. The fibers lodged in the lining of the lung and, after 30 or 40 years, they are now causing the symptoms of either asbestosis or mesothelioma. Both diseases are severely disabling and, in most cases, fatal.

Asbestos: a workplace hazard too many people face

The damage that asbestos can do to a person's health is devastating. For decades, there may be no indication that anything is wrong and then suddenly, a diagnosis of an asbestos-related illness may reveal that exposure to asbestos years ago has proven to be catastrophic.

Asbestos suit for exposure in the navy allowed to move forward

The plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking damages for exposure to asbestos fibers that originated in North Carolina received a favorable ruling from the United States District Court for the District of Eastern Pennsylvania. Defendant Crane Company had asked the court to dismiss the case because the plaintiff could not prove that he was exposed to Crane's products.

What steps do I need to take if I have been exposed to asbestos?

Asbestos has long been known to cause devastating illnesses, but the product has not been completely banned in the U.S. This means that despite the laws and protections that are in place to keep people safe from asbestos, there is still a chance that people will be exposed to the unsafe material on the job or at home. 

Use of certain talcum products may cause mesothelioma

North Carolina residents may be interested to hear of new and concerning research that has found that some types of talc -- a soft mineral substance used in many medical and household products such as baby powder and cosmetics -- contain asbestos. Researchers found many reports of women suffering from mesothelioma without necessarily working with commonly known asbestos-containing products such as insulation, pipe wrappings and brake linings.

Workers can be eligible for compensation after asbestos exposure

Learning that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness caused by exposure to asbestos can be tragic. Even learning that you have been exposed to asbestos can be shocking and very upsetting. The last thing on people's minds at these difficult times is often money.

Asbestos cleanup conducted at university building in N.C.

Asbestos exposure can have devastating consequences for victims and their families. Only a few hours east of the Rowan area, East Carolina University recently posted an asbestos abatement notice for staff and students in one of its campus buildings. Asbestos was discovered in hallways in the building. During fall break, a contractor accredited by the state, and overseen by ECU facilities services and environmental health and safety staff, removed the asbestos. More than 1,000 square feet of asbestos was removed. According to reports, the contractor ensured that the asbestos remained enclosed during the removal process, as it is less of a risk to health and safety when it remains intact and undisturbed.

What to know about asbestos products in the automotive industry

Companies that manufacture, sell or distribute products that could be dangerous to the health or safety of consumers are expected to limit these risks and warn people that they exist. Unfortunately, there are some companies that place profits ahead of people's health and put unsafe products on the market without adequate warnings and without taking steps to make the product safer. 

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