South Carolina consumers should feel confident that they are making safe purchases, but this is unfortunately more difficult than it seems. Companies are frequently more concerned with their own bottom lines than they are with the health and safety of their customers. Concerned over citizens' safety, one state is engaging in asbestos litigation against Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson.
Maybe you never imagined that you would develop mesothelioma or another type of asbestos-related disease, but that does not change the fact that you did. You understand just how difficult it is to live with one of these diseases. On top of pain and suffering, you may have a diminished quality of life and hefty medical bills you are struggling to pay. If you need help getting compensation for your injuries and are ready to pursue asbestos litigation in South Carolina, here is what you can expect.
Victims who develop mesothelioma or other related diseases often do so after only being exposed to asbestos from a single source, such as through employment. However, some victims in South Carolina might have developed asbestos-related diseases after multiple sources of exposure. One couple is currently in the middle of asbestos litigation for this type of situation.
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.
More than four dozen people are suing Johnson Controls Inc. and TOCON Holdings LLC for their alleged role in exposing a group of residents to the toxic substance asbestos. Their claim stems from the demolition of a manufacturing plant. In these types of situations, asbestos litigation is often an effective way for South Carolina victims to recover much-needed compensation for damages, including health bills and more.
Losing a spouse can be a devastating experience. When the death was caused by the negligence of others, the experience can be even worse. That's exactly what one woman claims happened to her husband, who developed and ultimately succumbed to lung cancer. She has since brought a lawsuit against his former employer, seeking compensation on her husband's behalf through asbestos litigation.
New headlines still abound with stories regarding a major jury verdict that held Johnson & Johnson liable for more than $100 million in damages for asbestos-related injuries. The manufacturing conglomerate is now battling plaintiffs in a separate state, where are attorneys are arguing for punitive damages on behalf of their clients. The ability to seek punitive damages in asbestos litigation is not something all states allow. South Carolina residents with questions about such issues may seek answers by reaching out for legal support.
Many South Carolina residents know how it feels to suffer from ill-health without having definite answers as to underlying causes of their conditions. Sometimes, people suffer symptoms for months or even years before medical professionals are able to correctly diagnose their problems. Sadly, for those who worked in factories, shipyards, steel mills or construction-related jobs, such diagnoses often includes phrases, such as mesothelioma or asbestosis. When a person suffers from a deadly illness caused by inhaling or ingesting microscopic fibers on the job, it often leads to asbestos litigation.
You may be one of many South Carolina residents who have suffered adverse health effects related to your job. Perhaps you were injured in an on-the-job accident and had to take time off work to recover. Then again, your situation may be much more permanent, such as those who have suffered an incurable disease or serious respiratory illness related to asbestos. Such situations often lead to asbestos litigation, which can be stressful and complicated if you try to go it alone in court.
In South Carolina and elsewhere some individuals are battling illnesses and incurable respiratory diseases associated with exposure to asbestos. Not only are construction workers, factory workers and other industrial employees at high risk for such injuries, people who live in or near various types of structures or businesses may also be in danger of contracting asbestos-related illnesses. Ongoing asbestos litigation in another state involves one company that is suing its insurance company to recoup millions of dollars it was forced to pay out in a settlement.