People generally understand how dangerous asbestos is. The fact that exposure to asbestos can result in devastating and life-threatening illnesses has been known for decades. In fact, there are a number of laws, regulations and awareness campaigns designed to protect people from asbestos.
A jury recently awarded a large personal injury verdict in an asbestos case. Readers will take interest in this case because, although this took place in another state, there are many North Carolina residents who have been affected by the dangers and health risks associated with asbestos exposure. The personal injury lawsuit was filed after the plaintiff contracted mesothelioma from asbestos.
Asbestos has long been known to be harmful to a person's health. The characteristics of asbestos make it a particularly toxic substance because of how easily a person can be exposed and how much damage the fibers can do inside a person's body when inhaled.
One of the most devastating realizations that people can have when they learn about diseases caused by asbestos exposure is that there are effective ways to prevent toxic exposure, but many people do not employ these safeguards. Even though the hazards of asbestos have been known for decades, there are some parties who simply fail or refuse to take the appropriate steps to protect people.
Owning a home is something that many people hope to do. Homeowners take a lot of pride in their homes and will often go to great lengths to make sure their home is a safe and happy place to be. However, this can require third parties to complete work on the home. If that third party is reckless and irresponsible, a homeowners dream can quickly turn into a nightmare.
A young worker and his family were likely devastated to learn that the teen had been exposed to asbestos while working for a 43-year-old plumber. The young man had been hired by the plumber to complete work in an old home removing materials that contained asbestos.
While it has long been known that exposure to asbestos can be deadly, no one has been able to confirm the exact level at which exposure becomes harmful. Should it be measured in duration of exposure or concentration? Is it more dangerous to be around small amounts of asbestos for long periods of time, or could breathing in a high number of particles in a short amount of time be more hazardous?
Making the decision to put people in a position of being exposed to asbestos could be a life or death choice. Unfortunately, too many people make this decision lightly and without truly understanding that they may be putting people's lives in danger. They may think that because it takes so long for asbestos-related illnesses to develop, they will never have to take responsibility for their actions.
When a person falls ill, sometimes there is no explanation for what has caused an illness. But in other circumstances, the cause can be linked back to exposure to a toxic substance. This is often the case when it comes to asbestos-related illnesses, including asbestosis and mesothelioma. Victims of these conditions have the right to pursue a personal injury claim against the party or parties responsible for the exposure.
Even though asbestos has been known to be dangerous for a long time, it took decades before it was finally banned for use in building materials. Unfortunately, many people who worked on construction sites in North Carolina before asbestos was banned may still experience illness or injury, as it sometimes takes decades for the effects of exposure to appear. In a lawsuit recently filed out of state, a former construction worker and his wife are suing 55 companies, blaming them for the asbestos exposure that resulted in his lung cancer diagnosis in 2011.