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.
Removing sooner is better than later because, although asbestos is incredibly durable, it can become brittle over time. Brittle asbestos fibers are more easily released into the environment. Scientists have long been aware of the health problems associated with exposure to those types of asbestos fibers. The fatal cancer mesothelioma attacks the lining of the organs and is frequently traced back to asbestos exposure. Asbestosis can lead to scarred lungs and is another disease caused by the toxic fibers.
Since asbestos was once used in a wide range of industries and is still used in selected applications today, virtually anyone could be at risk for asbestos exposure. When that exposure leads to serious and even fatal health outcomes, South Carolina victims may want to consider their options. Asbestos litigation is often effective at recovery necessary compensation, which victims can apply towards their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.