In recent years there has been a multitude of lawsuits regarding asbestos exposure and mesothelioma in the U.S. Many of the cases of mesothelioma were recently diagnosed and attributed to years of asbestos exposure, typically in the workplace and commonly in past decades when the risks of working around asbestos weren't as well understood as they are today. North Carolina workers as well as workers throughout the U.S. should be aware of the seriousness of the asbestos-related illness.
While federal regulations have limited employees' ongoing exposure to toxic asbestos in the workplace, the impact of earlier laxity lingers on. In North Carolina and elsewhere, asbestos exposure still is a killer causing wrongful death and devastating illnesses including cancers and respiratory ailments.
Reported cases of mesothelioma and other lung diseases associated with asbestos exposure continue to climb. One reason for this might be the fact that there can be a 40 year gap between exposure and visible symptoms. Because asbestos was commonly used until about 20 years ago, many people are now beginning to be diagnosed with fatal diseases. Some of these victims may have been kids at the time of exposure and may be considered part of the "third wave" of sufferers.