Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC
We can help. Call today: 866-594-8765

Man started illegal fire, community suffered asbestos exposure

Asbestos is a highly toxic substance, which is why rules and regulations regarding its proper disposal are so incredibly important. Unfortunately, many South Carolina businessmen and women prefer to prioritize their own bottom lines over having to pay for the right methods of disposal. In a recent out-of-state incident, a man allegedly caused an entire community to suffer from asbestos exposure because of his actions.

Back in Feb. 2017, the business owner created an enormous mound full of brush waste and mobile homes. Reports indicate that the trash mound was approximately 20 feet tall, and contained at least five old mobile homes. The area's fire chief had apparently already warned the man not to burn the old homes, who even asked the city for permission to do so but was ultimately denied.

Despite this, he set the pile of trash on fire at 3 a.m., perhaps expecting that it would burn off before the dawn. Unfortunately, the fire raged on for over a week. Inspectors from that state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration witnessed the mound continuing to smolder through the end of March 2017. Samples of the debris were later collected and tested positive for asbestos. The businessman could now face of more than $100,000 in fines for the fire.

There is no safe level of asbestos exposure in humans, and the substance is known to cause cancer and other serious health issues. When the negligence of a person or business leads to unnecessary exposure, South Carolina victims can seek compensation for financial, emotional and medical damages through a civil lawsuit. However, since health problems can take years to develop, victims may want to keep careful records of medical tests and treatments as soon as they are made aware of the exposure.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
AV Preeminent
Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | US News | 2020
2015 Top Ranked Law Firms AV Preeminent
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC 2018 - Recognized by Best Lawyers
Email Us For A Response

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with mesothelioma? Contact RPWB for help

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Mount Pleasant Office
1037 Chuck Dawley Boulevard Building A
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Toll Free: 866-594-8765
Phone: 843-410-3956
Fax: 843-216-6509
Mount Pleasant Law Office Map

Edwardsville Office
Mark Twain Plaza II 103 West Vandalia Street Suite 212
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Toll Free: 866-594-8765
Phone: 843-410-3956
Fax: 843-216-6509
Edwardsville Law Office Map

Charleston Office
174 East Bay Street P.O. Box 879
Charleston, SC 29402

Toll Free: 866-594-8765
Phone: 843-410-3956
Fax: 843-216-6509
Charleston Law Office Map

Barnwell Office
1730 Jackson Street P.O.Box 1368
Barnwell, SC 29812

Toll Free: 866-594-8765
Phone: 843-410-3956
Fax: 843-216-6509
Barnwell Law Office Map

Aiken Office
623 Richland Ave W
Aiken, SC 29801

Phone: 803-541-9625
Fax: 843-216-6509
Aiken Law Office Map

Columbia Office
2700 Middleburg Dr #220d
Columbia, SC 29204

Phone: 803-541-7850
Fax: 843-216-6509
Columbia Law Office Map