Exposure to asbestos has caused devastating injuries and even death for thousands of people. There have already been payments from insurers on such personal injury and wrongful death claims in North Carolina and nationwide which have totaled $51 billion to date. The insurers covering relevant claims set aside another $23 billion for pending and anticipated claims. Now a report from an insurance industry rating firm has indicated that claims are actually likely to ultimately cost an additional $11 billion on top of that.
For decades, men and women in the U.S. Navy have been put in situations where they have been heavily exposed to asbestos. The toxic substance was used extensively in many areas of naval ships as a fireproofing method. Through the 1980s, shipbuilders continued using asbestos in ships, despite learning the risks associated with it. Since then, however, changes have been made in the way in which the Navy deals with asbestos.
Hurricane Sandy will continue to affect the communities along the east coast for years to come and in New York, parents complained about the conditions of a storm-damaged school. Investigators found that the parents had good reason to be worried as tests have found mold and asbestos and PS 114Q in the school.
Asbestos is an extremely toxic substance, exposure to which can cause a host of life threatening and health destroying diseases and injuries. In North Carolina, and elsewhere, this can result in the potential for significant premises liability. When property owners discover the presence of asbestos in buildings, particularly those being either torn down or remodeled, they often confront a dilemma--the relatively high cost of properly disposing of the asbestos in a way that is both legal and minimizes the risk of exposure both to work crews and to the surrounding community.
A man and his wife have filed a lawsuit claiming that as many as 67 different companies may have contributed towards causing his development of mesothelioma through exposing him to toxic asbestos over his working lifetime. The man worked as an auto mechanic at one company, and also did construction work while employed by another company involved in building residences. The personal injury lawsuit also notes that he was, at times, a laborer or helper at a steel mill facility, and repaired and maintained equipment and trucks used by a timber company.
People across the country have been affected by the recent devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused. Besides the power outages and flooding that is still affecting residents immediately, some people may be facing consequences of the hurricane decades from now. According to recent reports, Hurricane Sandy has swept up and destroyed many buildings containing asbestos, which may put residents in danger of becoming exposed to the toxic substance.
A man engaged in the renovation of three separate homes has been accused of improper removal and storage of asbestos containing material found in the residences. A lawsuit, filed in state court against him, seeks to impose penalties as steep as $25,000 a day for violations of a clean air law. Improper handling of asbestos in North Carolina and elsewhere has often resulted in serious personal injury or illness, with some contracting serious respiratory ailments or cancer as a consequence.
Asbestos was once used frequently for insulation and for wrapping wires. Since it was found by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be dangerous to human health, the substance was banned. Exposure to any amount can lead to serious lung problems. Negligence during building demolition and renovations can happen anywhere, including North Carolina, leaving workers and businesses liable to the devastating consequences asbestos exposure can have on people.
A man who served in the Navy for four years, from 1965 through 1969, and later worked 38 years in a powerhouse at a university, says he is now seriously ill as a result of prolonged exposure to asbestos over the years. He has filed a federal lawsuit against 30 different companies he accuses of responsibility for that exposure. Many people have become ill from asbestos exposure in North Carolina and throughout the nation and have sought some measure of help from those responsible through lawsuits and workers' compensation claims.
A man is suing a number of companies for causing his mesothelioma by exposing him to asbestos. In an unprecedented move, one of the companies involved in the personal injury lawsuit asked the trial judge to grant an order authorizing the company to conduct an autopsy on the man, believing that he might die before trial.