Mesothelioma one of many dangers associated with asbestos

Even though laws exist nowadays to greatly restrict the use of asbestos, the dangers and potential risks associated with the product remain present throughout South Carolina and the rest of the nation. Certain locations, such as old schools, libraries, factories and other buildings, are high-risk asbestos areas. Then again, there are hazards associated with newer products as well, such as cosmetics and many children’s toys on the market today. The greatest danger known to be related to asbestos exposure is mesothelioma, an incurable cancer.

Asbestos is often used because of its fire-retardant properties. Studies show the risk for injury associated with the microscopic particles in asbestos are much lower if the item or area containing it is left undisturbed. However, if it is crumbled or otherwise disrupted, anyone in the vicinity is at risk because unseen microfibers released into the air may be ingested or breathed in, perhaps becoming lodged in a person’s lungs and slowly developing into a fatal respiratory illness.

Many stories have recently made national news headlines regarding accusations against certain stores whose products are geared toward children. The accusations state that some products may have dangerous levels of asbestos. Thus, parents are cautioned to research the topic in order to make well-informed decisions about the toys and cosmetics they purchase for their kids.

Mesothelioma, asbestosis and other asbestos-related illnesses necessitate expensive medical treatments, and many people’s illnesses are so advanced that they are no longer able to earn income. Some who suffer are already retired but contracted illnesses in factories, mines or steel mills, long ago. If you or your loved one believe you have grounds for filing an asbestos-related legal claim in South Carolina, you can reach out for support from Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC.

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