Protecting oneself from asbestos might seem easy enough, but few people realize the truly astounding number of products that still contain this deadly substance. Asbestos exposure can occur at work, in the home or in any number of places because of its still relatively widespread use or leftover remnants from decades past. Here are a few places to watch out for asbestos.
It is true that there are federal regulations that limit how and when asbestos can be used, but that does not mean that it is never used. While workers in certain industries -- including construction and manufacturing -- might be vaguely aware of the issue, it is widespread enough for everyone in South Carolina to understand the dangers. Consider some of the following products that commonly contain the deadly fiber asbestos:
- Some textiles
- Cigarette filters
- Motor vehicle brake linings
- Patching and spackling products
- Gardening materials
- Fireproofing items
- Ceiling and floor tiles, shingles, home siding and more
Many people encounter these products on a regular basis, if not daily. Despite this, few know the type of danger they are facing. Since it is important to exercise extreme caution when coming into contact with any type of product that possibly contains asbestos, it is essential for more people in South Carolina to learn about these products.
Lung cancer, mesothelioma and other deadly medical conditions can all develop after asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, many victims are not aware of their exposure until they begin to develop the devastating health effects. However, even if victims do not realize when exposure is happening, they may still be able to seek compensation when they discover this fact later on. However, the help of an experienced attorney is essential for demonstrating proof of that exposure and the consequential damages incurred.