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.
When a company manufactures a product, it is expected to be safe or come with appropriate warnings to consumers if it could cause them harm. Unfortunately, not all companies take these necessary steps. For decades, some manufacturers of products that contained asbestos failed to warn people of the risks associated with being exposed to the toxic material and people in North Carolina and nationwide suffered the consequences.
When a company makes, sells or uses dangerous materials, they are supposed to warn others of the risks related to their product. Failure to do so can put that company in a position to be held liable for any illnesses or injuries that result from use of or exposure to that product. This is often what happens when people in North Carolina and nationwide get sick after being exposed to asbestos.
In North Carolina, an increasing number of people who have lost a loved one who has died of asbestos or fatal mesothelioma are choosing to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. When a loved one has died of mesothelioma, the obvious reason that family members will point to is exposure to agents that might cause the disease such asbestos.
Losing a loved one who has suffered an asbestos-related illness can be devastating. These tragic deaths can happen quite quickly after a diagnosis, which can leave family members hurt, confused and looking for answers and a sense of closure and justice. These deaths are typically not accidental; they can be the result of extreme and long-term negligence. Under these circumstances, it may be appropriate for family members to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for exposing a victim to asbestos.
For decades, companies all across the country manufactured and sold products containing asbestos. While it has long been known that asbestos exposure can lead to serious and fatal illnesses, many of these companies kept this information under their hats. They did not warn consumers that a product contained asbestos, and if they did, they failed to appropriately warn them of the dangers associated with the toxic fiber.
As Veterans Day has come and gone, many people in North Carolina -- and all around the country -- honored and thanked the hundreds of thousands of people who have served in the military. Many of these veterans, both young and old, served in the Navy and, as a result, they may spend a lot of time on ships of all sizes and classifications.
On this blog, we often discuss the fact that companies and manufacturers have known for decades that products with asbestos can pose a serious threat to a person's health. Airborne asbestos can enter a person's lungs and do some serious damage, causing a person to develop various types of cancer, including lung cancer.
Mesothelioma is a devastating and fatal disease. Too many people develop this form of cancer after being exposed to toxic levels of asbestos. Any person can come into contact with the deadly substance, but it disproportionately affects those who spent years working with or around asbestos without knowing the dangers associated with the mineral.
For decades, companies put asbestos in products and claimed that these products were safe. Everything from household appliances to shipbuilding materials commonly contained asbestos. It was touted as a safe and cheap material, even after it was discovered that inhaling or ingesting asbestos could, in fact, cause cancer.