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Why does asbestos litigation seem so common?

The use of asbestos is heavily regulated, which might lead some people in South Carolina to believe that it is a past problem that has no more bearing on current times. Unfortunately, this is far from reality. As some people develop health problems decades after exposure and companies make headlines for concealing the presence asbestos in their products, asbestos litigation will continue to be an outlet for victims to seek necessary compensation.

Asbestos is incredibly durable. The fibrous substance is even stronger than steel and is also waterproof, fireproof and resistant to corrosion. Even though its use is now limited in the United States, the toxic substance persists in many communities in things like roof shingles, car parts and more. Asbestos' durable nature makes it difficult to get rid of and perhaps even more difficult to remove safely.

No recall for Claire's products linked to asbestos exposure

Many women, teenagers and even young girls in South Carolina can recount going to a Claire's store to have their ears pierced. The popular chain not only provides ear piercing services, it also sells a wide variety of items marketed to young girls. Unfortunately, some of those products likely resulted in asbestos exposure.

The Food and Drug Administration recently released a warning for consumers. According to the FDA, Claire's is currently selling makeup products that contain the toxic substance asbestos. Perhaps even more upsetting than this realization is that Claire's refuses to issue a voluntary recall on the affected products. It is unclear why the company will not pull the products from its shelves since it issued a recall for similar issues in early 2018.

Compensation for mesothelioma is possible

Asbestos was once frequently used in a wide range of industries, from automobiles to manufacturing to construction and much more. For those working in these types of industries, exposure to asbestos was not only common but, at one point in time, even routine. Decades later, many of these workers are now suffering the serious health consequences of that exposure. The fatal cancer mesothelioma is just one such illness that impacts victims in South Carolina.

Mesothelioma most commonly shows up in victims' lungs, although it is also possible to develop mesothelioma in the abdomen, heart lining and testicles. Pleural mesothelioma -- the kind that shows up in the lungs -- is responsible for 75 percent of all mesothelioma diagnoses. Victims with this type of cancer generally report having trouble breathing. Fluid can also build up in the lungs, which it difficult and painful to breath.

Mesothelioma victim, wife file suit for asbestos exposure

South Carolina patients who develop serious, life-threatening medical issues suffer more than just physical symptoms. Many deal with ongoing and severe emotional distress related to their illnesses. This is often true for patients dealing with mesothelioma, a fatal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Some victims decide to channel their emotional distress toward holding those responsible for their asbestos exposure accountable.

An elderly wife and her husband with mesothelioma filed a suit against more than a dozen defendants. According to the claim, the husband began working during the 1950s. During his decades of work, he says that he was routinely and repeatedly exposed to asbestos fibers, which he inhaled and ingested. The defendants -- including Ameron International -- allegedly sold, distributed, manufactured or installed the asbestos-tainted products. He also asserts that he was never warned of the dangers of asbestos or given any guidance on its safe handling.

Family secures $18.5 million re loved one's asbestos exposure

Facing the death of a loved one is rarely an easy process, but it can be especially difficult when their death was the result of another's negligence. When dealing with asbestos exposure, this often involves families losing their loved ones to extremely devastating diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Some of these families in South Carolina choose to pursue compensation on behalf of their loved ones.

A jury in a different state recently awarded $18.5 million to a family whose loved one had developed mesothelioma. Their suit claimed that while working at a brake shop from 1971 to 1983, the victim had performed as many as 12 brake jobs per day. The brakes that he worked on were lined with asbestos, which he was neither warned of or provided safety gear for.

Questions for your doctor after a mesothelioma diagnosis

Going to a medical appointment can be a stressful, nerve-wracking experience. This is especially true after receiving a diagnosis such as mesothelioma.

Most patients diagnosed with mesothelioma have many questions about their diagnosis, treatment plan, options, prognosis, and more. But remembering those questions when it comes time to meet with the doctor can be a struggle.

What jobs have high asbestos exposure?

People who work in certain jobs and industries have a higher likelihood of being exposed to asbestos. The danger here is that asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that usually affects the outer lining of the lungs, and can affect other body parts as well.

Mesothelioma most often occurs in people who have had heavy exposure in their jobs, and it takes decades for the mesothelioma to manifest enough to be diagnosed. The latency period for mesothelioma can be 30 to 50 years.

University apologizes for decades of asbestos exposure

Long-term health issues are just one concern of unexpected exposure to the toxic substance asbestos. South Carolina victims might also face financial issues when dealing with medical bills for mesothelioma or lung cancer care, which can also require them to take time off work. But what about when the impact of asbestos exposure is more immediate. For students and employees of one major university, questions of what to do in the wake of asbestos exposure are lingering.

Officials at the out-of-state university discovered what they called unacceptable levels of asbestos in one of the campus buildings. The building housed multiple offices as well as an on-campus preschool. Although the university ultimately closed the building as a preventative measure, some parents are not pleased with the school's actions. Parents of children who attend the preschool claim that the university waited too long between discovering the asbestos and relocating the preschool classroom to a new area.

Couple blames lung cancer on asbestos exposure

Asbestos is often considered a problem of the past that few people South Carolina need to worry about. However, asbestos is still used in a wide range of products and new exposures are still a frightening reality. Additionally, because of the of the nature of how asbestos exposure causes damage, those who had a problem with it in the past have to worry about the consequences now.

A married couple from another state recently filed a lawsuit against multiple defendants, including Borg-Warner Morse TEC LLC. According to their claim, the husband was routinely exposed to asbestos during his working career during the 1960s and '70s. He says the exposure was both inhaled and ingested.

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