Regardless of how many fruits and vegetables South Carolina residents eat, how often they exercise and how well they take care of themselves, another person's negligence can still cause them to develop serious health issues. Developing mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure is just one devastating example of this. This form of cancer is usually fatal, so seeking compensation can be an important aspect of dealing with the emotional, physical and financial implications of facing such a disease.
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. There is currently no cure, and because of where this cancer usually takes root in the body -- the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen -- it cannot be surgically removed. In general, medical treatments do not focus on beating the disease, but on providing pain management and even breathing assistance to patients.
Many -- although not all -- victims who develop mesothelioma do so as a result of wrongful exposure. In some cases this means that an employer purposely withheld information about asbestos on the job. Others might have been informed of the presence of asbestos, but never received proper training or safety equipment. In some instances, mesothelioma victims developed the cancer after family members brought home asbestos fibers on their clothing.
Living a healthy life might seem easy enough to do in South Carolina, but avoiding dangerous substances can sometimes be difficult. When exposure to dangerous substances like asbestos results in mesothelioma, victims may be entitled to pursue a legal claim against their employer or other negligent parties. Any resulting compensation from such claims can be helpful in addressing the myriad of associated costs, including medical bills and lost wages.