Many women, teenagers and even young girls in South Carolina can recount going to a Claire's store to have their ears pierced. The popular chain not only provides ear piercing services, it also sells a wide variety of items marketed to young girls. Unfortunately, some of those products likely resulted in asbestos exposure.
Facing the death of a loved one is rarely an easy process, but it can be especially difficult when their death was the result of another's negligence. When dealing with asbestos exposure, this often involves families losing their loved ones to extremely devastating diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Some of these families in South Carolina choose to pursue compensation on behalf of their loved ones.
Long-term health issues are just one concern of unexpected exposure to the toxic substance asbestos. South Carolina victims might also face financial issues when dealing with medical bills for mesothelioma or lung cancer care, which can also require them to take time off work. But what about when the impact of asbestos exposure is more immediate. For students and employees of one major university, questions of what to do in the wake of asbestos exposure are lingering.
Asbestos is often considered a problem of the past that few people South Carolina need to worry about. However, asbestos is still used in a wide range of products and new exposures are still a frightening reality. Additionally, because of the of the nature of how asbestos exposure causes damage, those who had a problem with it in the past have to worry about the consequences now.
Parents generally expect that their children will be safe at school, but this is sadly not always the case. Some school buildings -- particularly those that are older -- are filled with dangerous substances, such as asbestos, that must be removed as the building ages. However, this could put many South Carolina school children at risk for asbestos exposure, which could lead to future health problems.
Many people already understand that exposure to asbestos can cause victims to develop the deadly cancer mesothelioma. But what about other serious health effects? One woman points to asbestos exposure as the root cause behind her lung cancer diagnosis.
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.
Despite the limits the government has placed on the use of asbestos in building supplies, the danger remains. Many older homes and structures in South Carolina were built with asbestos-containing materials in their floors, walls, roofs and other places. As long as the materials are undisturbed, there is less danger. However, when the particles are disturbed, for example during a renovation, everyone around is at risk of asbestos exposure.
Asbestos, a toxic, cancer-causing substance, is well-known to be dangerous to human health. This is not new information to anyone in South Carolina, and yet for decades Johnson & Johnson allegedly knew that their products were contaminated with asbestos, and said nothing. Evidence indicates that the company actively tried to cover up ongoing asbestos exposure suffered by their customers.
Despite its once prevalent use in construction, most people in South Carolina now understand just how dangerous asbestos is. As such, communities have an understandable right to be concerned when they learn of a potential source of asbestos exposure or contamination. For one community in a different state, there are mounting worries in regard to the demolition of an old library.