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 is a general understanding by folks in the United States that if a product is dangerous or hazardous to a person's health, steps will be taken to remove the item from the marketplace. We have seen this before with defective vehicles, dangerous foods and other substances that can jeopardize a person's health.
Asbestos exposure is something that people are faced with every day. For decades, people have become victims to mesothelioma, asbestosis and other cancers that are linked to asbestos exposure. Often times, this exposure could have been prevented by manufacturers of asbestos products or employers who hire workers to handle asbestos. In either case, there are steps that could be taken to protect people who come into contact with the dangerous fiber but negligent parties fail to do so.
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.
For decades now, the dangers of asbestos exposure have been well known. People who made products containing asbestos and employers who used these materials have known that exposing people to airborne asbestos can make them very sick. In the most severe cases, a person develops mesothelioma, a cancer that is quite aggressive and affects the lining around a person's lungs.
On this blog, we often discuss scenarios in which people are exposed to asbestos on the job. The problem of negligent employers and manufacturers is that there are far too many of them, and people often develop asbestos-related diseases after having been exposed to airborne asbestos at work decades ago. However, the threat of asbestos exposure does not stop once you clock out of work. In fact, many homes that were built up until the mid-1980s were built using asbestos.
Those in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. are likely aware of the reality that workers who were exposed to asbestos, especially decades ago when protective gear was not deemed necessary, are being diagnosed and dying from mesothelioma in significant numbers. One woman went to court recently after her husband contracted the serious illness and sought damages in charges involving product liability.
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.
Mesothelioma is one of the most deadly work-related diseases. The condition, which plagues people across North Carolina, is a cancer that is known to be caused by asbestos. Mesothelioma affects the lungs and respiratory tract, and it causes shortness of breath, chest pain and sometimes unexplained weight loss. The condition can take 10 years or longer to diagnose because of its slow rate of development.
Too many people think that asbestos is no longer an issue in today's homes and products. They may think that because the dangers associated with asbestos were discovered decades ago, the fiber has been removed from the marketplace, banned and no longer present in products we come into contact with every day. Unfortunately, this is not true. The fact is that asbestos is still used in some capacities and people may be using asbestos-containing products on a regular basis without even realizing it.