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Victims are still dying from asbestos exposure

There is no doubt that asbestos is an extremely durable, fire-resistant substance. However, there is also no doubt that it is extremely toxic to human beings. Despite the dangers, adults and children in South Carolina probably face a much higher risk of asbestos exposure than they might think.

Asbestos might not be mined in the United States anymore, but it is still imported into the country for limited uses. One of the most common uses of asbestos today is in brake pads. Limited use does not mean that there is limited risk, though. Scientists agree that asbestos is dangerous at all levels of exposure, even those that might seem minor or insignificant.

In the United States, asbestos-related diseases kill around 50,000 people each and every year. The worldwide average is only a little over 100,000 deaths, so people in America are disproportionately affected by this dangerous substance. One of the biggest reasons why is because asbestos was so widely used prior to the 1980s. It is not at all uncommon for buildings, schools and homes that were built before then to have asbestos in roofing tiles, insulation and more.

Some states and cities are even experiencing crises in their older school buildings because of deteriorating asbestos. Asbestos releases small, hazardous fibers into the air as it deteriorates. Not only are the teachers and faculty at risk, but even schoolchildren are not safe.

Asbestos exposure is a very serious health issue that should always be treated as such. If someone in South Carolina learns that he or she has suffered from exposure, taking prompt action can be very helpful. This includes documenting the exposure, undergoing regular health screenings and speaking with an attorney about possible options for pursuing justice.

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