When it comes to dealing with asbestos in buildings and on the job, some employers would rather put their employees in danger rather than spend the time and money to have the asbestos removed safely. These negligent employers have put people at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses for decades, and this dangerous practice continues today in North Carolina and all across the county.
We often discuss the unique risks that members of the U.S. Navy were, and continue to be, exposed to during their time in the service in regards to asbestos. Veterans and shipyard workers are particularly susceptible to asbestos-related illnesses because of long, concentrated exposure to the toxic material that was commonly used in naval vessels. They may have slept near pipes coated with asbestos or worked in engine rooms where asbestos dust was kicked up when valves, pumps and gaskets were being replaced.
The dangers of asbestos have been known for several years. We know that being exposed to asbestos can cause devastating and permanent damage to a person's health, as it is linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma. But residents of an apartment complex are also learning that exposure to asbestos can also result in other upsetting damages.
People who have heard of asbestos generally associate the toxic fiber with industrial machines, construction jobs and military vessels. It is true that these are just a few of the environments in which asbestos was commonly used and can still be found today. However, people may be surprised to learn that asbestos still lurks in places that many of us visit on a regular basis.
In a trial that may have implication for people in North Carolina who suffer from asbestos exposure, a mesothelioma victim in Illinois made a video recording of his deposition testimony. The video was then played for the jury during the trial in his case.
In a recent post, we discussed the tragic death of a Navy ship worker who died from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos on the job. Although the man had already passed away, the jury in the case was able to view his stirring video testimony that had been recorded prior to his death. You can read more about that video here.
Asbestos exposure can be extremely dangerous. As many of our readers know, today, many people live with mesothelioma that was caused by asbestos exposure decades ago. Unlike many other conditions, mesothelioma takes a long period of time -- sometimes as long as 40 years -- to become noticeable in a patient. Because no amount of asbestos is safe to be around, it is imperative that all companies in North Carolina and elsewhere ensure that their workers, customers and others are not at risk of exposure.
Jurors got a powerful glimpse into the life and work history of a man who suffered from mesothelioma and passed away before a lawsuit against manufacturers of asbestos products went to trial. Through a video recording of the man's testimony before his death, the man was able to share his personal story about his ongoing and tragic exposure to asbestos during his time in the U.S. Navy.
A court in Pennsylvania recently made a ruling in an asbestos case in regards to claims filed by a man who was exposed to asbestos during his time in the U.S. Navy. According to the lawsuits, the man served on naval ships that were insulated with asbestos. For many years, it was common practice for asbestos to be used in the production of ships and many Navy veterans have suffered devastating illnesses as a result of being exposed to these materials.
Fatal asbestos exposure is an increasing problem in Rowan due to the presence of asbestos in numerous places and products. Asbestos exposure can occur in many different ways. The substance leads to many diseases of the lungs, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and others.