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If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you probably have many questions. While focus must shift to medical care, you also need to get sound legal advice or you could lose the right to seek legal remedies.

Building owner settles, possibly to avoid asbestos litigation

Sometimes, accusations against one South Carolina party or another wind up being sorted out in court. In the construction world, that often includes asbestos litigation surrounding issues regarding illegal removal of the substance, violation of safety protocol or failure to inform workers or others that asbestos is present in an existing structure. A situation in another state has been settled before going to trial.

A building owner was the central figure of an investigation that alleged his company failed to perform required environmental protection surveys regarding asbestos removal before a renovation project. Reconstruction was set to take place on the second floor of the building. Surveys were to take place between 2013 and 2015.

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6 jobs with high risks of asbestos exposure

Asbestos has long been known to cause serious health problems for people who breathe in the fibers. Exposure can lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, all of which can be aggressive, fatal illnesses.

Many people are exposed through their occupations. In fact, a number of jobs put workers at a considerably higher risk of asbestos exposure than others do. Below are some of the occupations for which the risk of being exposed to asbestos is especially high.

These products may carry risk for asbestos exposure

Tiny particles that can get into people's lungs exist in many products and work environments. South Carolina readers may recall various laws enacted between 1973 and 1989 that banned certain products containing asbestos. The problem is that, some time later, many of those bans were overturned. Asbestos exposure remains problematic in many places, causing some people to suffer serious illnesses.

Asbestos has fire retention and insulation properties, which makes it useful to many manufacturers. Much more is known nowadays regarding the potential hazards of repeated exposure to asbestos than was known even a mere decade ago. In 1990, the Environmental Protection Agency banned the use of spray materials containing more than 1 percent asbestos in pipes, conduits, buildings and other structures. 

Beware lung symptoms that suggest mesothelioma

There's a malignant disease that can affect various parts of the body, including lungs, abdomen tissue and the heart. Many people suffer after being exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma is an incurable condition, although various medical treatments may help alleviate symptoms. South Carolina residents who suffer from this disease may not even be aware they are ill until the condition has greatly progressed. This is because symptoms are not always immediately apparent.

If a person notices a decline in his or her general health condition, and experiences unexplained chest or stomach pain, pursuing a medical diagnosis makes sense. If possible exposure to asbestos is a key factor, a doctor should be made aware of the circumstances. Many Mesothelioma situations wind up in litigation when negligence is determined to have played a role in a developing illness.

How to explore litigation options regarding asbestos exposure

When you hear the word "natural" with regard to minerals and things, it usually evokes images of good health. However, there are some natural minerals that are known to be extremely dangerous if a person is repeatedly exposed to them, such as asbestos. Asbestos is actually more than one naturally occurring mineral, known to be fire retardant, durable at high temperatures and chemical resistant. South Carolina workers suffering from asbestos exposure can tell you that it's anything but healthy.

The problem is that asbestos also places anyone exposed to it at great risk for adverse health conditions. When tiny asbestos fibers are ingested, it can set the stage for serious health risks, such as asbestiosis and mesothelioma cancer. The former is a serious lung disease, and the latter is a pleural condition referring to malignancy in the area between the lungs and chest wall.

Are you concerned for your health because of asbestos exposure?

There are many employment situations in South Carolina that are hazardous to human health. For instance, janitors often use cleaning supplies that contain dangerous chemicals that are potentially hazardous to their health. Some workers repeatedly undergo asbestos exposure, which can wind up causing serious health problems, the symptoms of which may not show up for years.

There's an inflammatory condition that affects lungs caused by multiple exposures to asbestos over long periods of time. When this occurs, those who suffer often experience permanent lung damage. Those in such situations often feel overwhelmed, afraid and unsure where to turn for help.

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Occupational exposure to asbestos from the 1940s into the 1980s is the only known cause of mesothelioma. After a diagnosis, questions of where and when exposure occurred can be difficult to answer. This is complicated by the fact that it often takes between 10 to 50 years for the disease to develop.

A work history using Social Security records, Navy veteran resources about products used on ships or interviews with co-workers could effectively put the pieces together to complete the puzzle of the where and when. How much exposure could have been enough to cause the disease? Short-term (an internship in a metal plating factory during college) or secondhand (washing asbestos laden uniforms) may even be enough.

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