Suffering from mesothelioma? Your employer might be to blame

The narrative around asbestos is fraught with corporate interests and influence. Before the public understood the associated risks, many corporations were fully aware of the dangers but chose to conceal that information. Even now, some South Carolina businesses limit the information they give their employees about asbestos. For them, it is all about minimizing the chance that they will have to pay compensation. But for workers, it is a potential for developing mesothelioma.

In many ways, asbestos seems like an ideal substance. It is lightweight and durable, and it is also extremely resistant to changes from chemicals or heat. These seemingly wondrous properties made it a popular addition to many products, including insulation, drywall, car parts, fireproofing products and more. However, once businesses realized the serious health implications of asbestos, they should have discontinued its use and provided adequate information to their workers. Unfortunately, this never happened.

The health effects of asbestos exposure and inhalation — such as mesothelioma and lung cancer — were purposely suppressed. Workers in construction, manufacturing and many other industries were exposed to this deadly substance for years or even decades without any idea that they were at risk. Perhaps even more upsetting is the inadvertent exposure to their families, as asbestos fibers can easily travel on a person’s body or clothing.

Concealing important safety information from South Carolina workers is not just upsetting, it is wrong. Countless men and women are now suffering from serious health issues such as mesothelioma because of this behavior, and some may be unsure of where to turn. After all, the effects of mesothelioma can take years or decades to develop, so most victims do not have much documentation of their exposure when they go to seek compensation. This is why working with an experienced counsel when going up against large companies is so important.

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