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What does South Carolina state law say about asbestos exposure?

Before anyone was aware of the health hazards, asbestos was a highly valued substance used in a variety of industries. Although it is now banned for most new uses, there is no escaping the centuries of use that can still be found in office buildings, homes and even vehicles. South Carolina has laws that are intended to minimize the risk of asbestos exposure when dealing with or removing this toxic substance.

South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control requires all workers involved with asbestos abatement to receive necessary training and be licensed. Having well-trained workers can minimize the risk of exposure to both themselves, innocent bystanders and the community at large. Facilities that are slated for demolition or renovation also have to undergo inspections for asbestos before any work can begin.

Mesothelioma cases expected to rise among 9/11 survivors

Nearly 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks, but the death toll steadily increases as survivors succumb to a variety of illnesses. Estimates show as many as 2,100 first responders have died from related diseases as the nation observes the 18th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Many believe the number of deaths from related diseases will equal or surpass the number who died on the day of the attack by 2020. Nearly 10,000 first responders and others who live and work in the area around the Twin Towers have been diagnosed with cancer, including mesothelioma.

Makeup company puts consumers at risk of asbestos exposure

It is no secret that asbestos is a dangerous and deadly substance. Unfortunately, South Carolina consumers might be more susceptible to asbestos exposure than they may think. Asbestos continues to show up in products where it should not, putting individual consumers at risk for developing deadly diseases.

A safety alert from the Food and Drug Administration urges consumers to immediately stop using cosmetics by the company Beauty Plus. The FDA says that it found asbestos in four or more products, including a beauty palette, matte blush, shimmer bronzer and bronzer, all of which are talc-based. Beauty Plus has issued a voluntary recall, the second of which it has had to make.

Researchers create new tool to predict mesothelioma survival

When a patient is diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and told that the condition is almost always fatal, one of the first questions they ask is how much time they have left. A new tool created by Chinese researchers may have a more accurate answer.

The tool could eventually replace the Tumor Node Metastasis (TNM) staging system currently used to describe cancer as stage 1, 2, 3 or 4 to identify how far it has progressed. Researchers at Peking University believe other factors impact survival for mesothelioma patients.

Victim of asbestos exposure awarded $8.4 million for damages

In South Carolina, asbestos is far from a problem of the past. People who attend school in old buildings or work in industries that still use asbestos can easily come into contact with the substance. Asbestos exposure at any level can be dangerous, and health problems may develop many years later.

A man who developed pleural mesothelioma after decades working in the auto industry claimed that he was routinely exposed to asbestos during his career. He worked at multiple car dealerships for Lincoln, Mercury and Ford from the 1960s through the 1980s. He says the sources of the exposure were things like gaskets, clutches, brakes and replacement parts for OEM.

Clinical trial explores new treatment for mesothelioma

A promising new clinical trial takes a two-drug approach for treating pleural mesothelioma. The cancer occurs in the protective lining of the lung and is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. It is the most common form of mesothelioma.

The trial combines the well-known immunotherapy drug nivolumab (OPDIVO), and ramucirumab (Cyramza), a drug that stops blood vessels from forming, which can cause new tumor growth. The Food and Drug Administration has already approved both drugs for other cancer treatment.

What to watch for: Early signs of mesothelioma

Each year, an estimated 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma. People exposed to asbestos – such as through work – may be more likely to get the disease, even if that exposure was decades ago. Diagnoses are generally most common among older men.

So, if you have a loved one who might be at risk of developing mesothelioma, what are some early possible signs you should watch for?

What you should know about asbestos litigation in South Carolina

Maybe you never imagined that you would develop mesothelioma or another type of asbestos-related disease, but that does not change the fact that you did. You understand just how difficult it is to live with one of these diseases. On top of pain and suffering, you may have a diminished quality of life and hefty medical bills you are struggling to pay. If you need help getting compensation for your injuries and are ready to pursue asbestos litigation in South Carolina, here is what you can expect.

Before you file your lawsuit, you need to decide who to name as the defendant or defendants. If you were exposed to asbestos at work, you will probably include your employer. Asbestos exposure can also occur in the home, and if you were renting your landlord or leasing agent could also be responsible. Asbestos manufacturers, installers and companies that irresponsibly used asbestos are also commonly named in these types of lawsuits.

Couple pursues asbestos litigation over husband's injuries

Victims who develop mesothelioma or other related diseases often do so after only being exposed to asbestos from a single source, such as through employment. However, some victims in South Carolina might have developed asbestos-related diseases after multiple sources of exposure. One couple is currently in the middle of asbestos litigation for this type of situation.

The couple, who live in a different state, filed a lawsuit that named multiple defendants, including Johnson & Johnson, Brenntag Specialties Inc., Brenntag North America Inc., 3M Co., and more. The suit claims that these companies were negligent in their use of asbestos. The couple claims that the various companies did not adequately warn people about asbestos exposure or provide warning on product packages. The suit also alleges that the defendants did not properly design or manufacture products that were safe to use.

RPWB attorneys named to 2020 Best Lawyers list

RPWB, which is known for its work on behalf of asbestos victims who develop mesothelioma cancer, was once again named a top law firm in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

In total, 16 RPWB attorneys are selected as 2020 Best Lawyers, including David Butler, who was chosen as a personal injury lawyer of the year. Butler, who works nationally out of Aiken, S.C., has spent his career representing people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure.

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