One of the most upsetting lessons people learn if they are diagnosed with an illness caused by asbestos is that it developed as a result of exposure as long as 50 years ago. A unique and tragic characteristic of illnesses like mesothelioma is that sufferers may live for decades without any symptoms that something may be wrong inside their bodies.
Veterans of the U.S. military are among those who are known to be at an increased risk of developing serious illnesses caused by asbestos.
It is all but impossible to overestimate the devastation families suffer when someone is diagnosed with a serious and ultimately fatal illness caused by asbestos exposure. Worlds can be turned upside down and there is often extensive and unfortunate adjustments that need to be made rather quickly, leaving victims and their families feeling lost, angry, sad and overwhelmed.
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.
The family of a man exposed to asbestos on the job has recently filed a lawsuit claiming that exposure to the toxic materials contributed to his devastating death. The man was reportedly employed by Gulf Oil/Chevron and worked with products that contained asbestos before he died.
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.
Asbestos litigation can be intimidating to people, especially when they are also dealing with an illness or death of a loved one. However, it can also be a necessary means of pursuing damages that victims and their families deserve.
Losing a loved one who had battled a devastating illness can be one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through. No one wants to see someone they love and care about suffer and we want to do everything we can to help that person. In the worst cases, an illness is incurable and a death resulting from that condition is all but unavoidable.
A case regarding asbestos has come to an end in North Carolina, resulting in a summary judgment for the companies that were acting as defendants. A woman was attempting to bring the case against those companies because she claimed that the products that they made caused a man, for whose estate she has been set up as the representative, to pass away due to asbestos exposure. She said that exposure led him to develop mesothelioma, which was found in 2012. The man in question was in the military, and he served on vessels for the United States Navy. The claims were that parts on those ships used asbestos and that his exposure while serving led to the mesothelioma.
Many North Carolina residents may have been exposed to asbestos in the early- to mid-1900s. Those who worked in factories, shipyards and other places where sheet metal was prominent often found out decades later that their exposure to asbestos led to mesothelioma, a deadly cancer. A union sheet metal worker who also served for several years as the union president died from asbestos exposure in June 2013, and his wife recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against more than two dozen companies.