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.
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.
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.
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.
The dangers of asbestos are often lurking in areas all over buildings and homes constructed before the 1980s, when asbestos was used in everything from roofing to insulation to floor tiles. Many of these areas of a home go untouched for years, leaving the asbestos intact and relatively harmless. But all it takes is one project to stir up the toxic substance, releasing it into the air where it poses a serious threat to people's health.
One of the most dangerous products in construction is also one of the most common in households and office buildings across the country. That product is asbestos and it is very possible that a person has come into contact with an asbestos-containing product at some point. However, asbestos is most dangerous when it becomes airborne and breathed in. When this happens, a person can develop serious lung illnesses and cancers that can be fatal.
Folks across North Carolina often read about asbestos lawsuits in the news, and it can seem a little daunting to read about how many parties are usually named in these cases. Many times, there are dozens of companies named in a lawsuit because the fact is that many employers and corporations were negligent in protecting workers who came in contact with asbestos. The diseases that are suffered from this exposure can take years to diagnose so there is no way to tell which specific source of asbestos exposure may or may not be liable for causing a disease.
For many years now, it's been common knowledge that the use of asbestos products was harmful -- and potentially fatal -- for anyone who came into contact with the material. As thousands in North Carolina and the rest of the country contracted mesothelioma and other lung conditions related to asbestos exposure, many explored their legal options and took action to recover the physical and financial damages they sustained.
One of the worst realizations of being diagnosed with mesothelioma is that it is a very aggressive cancer and it moves very quickly. It is not uncommon for victims to go decades before being diagnosed, which only results in a shorter amount of a time that a person may be able to seek effective treatment for this illness.
There are far too many stories in the news about people who have become victims of exposure to dangerous levels of asbestos. We read about the people who worked in shipyards, on the railroads and in other industries who learn they have mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis. Many of these people have long since retired from their jobs and are focused at enjoying retirement. The tragic reality is that asbestos-related cancers can be very aggressive and many people do not receive a diagnosis until it is too late for treatment to be effective.