What Can Exposure to Asbestos Do?

There are many consequences to asbestos exposure but none quite as dangerous or lethal as that of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a kind of slow-acting cancer that can take years before it is detectable. It is a rare kind of cancer, meaning treatments of it is scarce and experimental. The worst thing about it is that it can happen to anyone – all it takes is the littlest bit of exposure to asbestos, the tiniest inhalation of the wrong kind of air to change not only your life but the lives of those around you.

The most common kind of mesothelioma is one that affects the protective lining or membrane that surrounds the lungs called the pleura, thereby calling it Pleura Mesothelioma. Another kind of this cancer is one that attacks the abdominal cavity. This is relatively rarer than that of pleura mesothelioma and is called Peritoneal Mesothelioma. The third, last, and rarest kind of this cancer is the one that surrounds the membrane of the heart – and this is called Pericardial Mesothelioma.

It can be difficult to find evidence of when or how the person was exposed to asbestos since mesothelioma does take quite a long time before there is evidence of it. Contacting asbestos lawyers may be the best option to take when first diagnosed with this kind of disease as, due to their expertise with handling people who have to go through cases like this, means that they are well equipped with how to handle this situation as well as have sufficient resources to be able to get the afflicted person with the best medical resources possible.

People who have served in the military, should they have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, can file for compensation as there has been evidence of asbestos on ships or other military-grade vehicles. Construction and railroad workers are also susceptible to this disease as asbestos was only quite recently banned in 1979 and its effects can still be felt by people today.

Consequences of Unsafe Premises

It is mandated by law that if any given person or party owns a property, the premises must be kept structurally sound and safe for all who might inhabit it, in order to protect all who might enter from accidents or injury lest you become liable for any and all injuries sustained due to negligence.

This can be to things as simple as putting up warning labels if the floor is wet or making sure that the roof or the walls or the stairs won’t cave in. There are a million different ways that premises can be declared unsafe; if injury is sustained due to the negligence of the premises’ owner, immediate legal action is recommended.

Not all injury is immediately evident however as there are some consequences that are not visible to the naked eye, as is the damage done by inhalation of dangerous toxins found in paint laced with lead or present asbestos.

There is also the possibility that if the place is easily accessible but dangerous for children, the premises could be marked as an attractive nuisance as an added charge along with being proclaimed as unsafe premises. According to the website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, there are many different ways that could render a place dangerous, ergo unsafe, then making the pursuit of a premises liability claim as one that is validated and recommended by law.

If you have been the victim of a property owner’s negligence with maintaining the safety requirements of keeping the premises safe for habitation, then you are warranted to press legal charges on the grounds of unsafe premises against the offending party. The aftermath of having suffered through such ordeals is not strictly confined to physical damage but also financial constraints as well as emotional trauma. The offending party should be held accountable to his or her negligence and pay the dues owed to the victim as recompense and as a reminder for everyone to keep their environments safe.

Exposure to Asbestos: Where and Why

Asbestos is not a single element or mineral, it is actually a name that is given to a naturally-occurring group of minerals that was used in many industrial products, mainly due to their resistance to heat and corrosion.  Asbestos has been known as a serious health hazard that is highly monitored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Because they are hardly visible to the naked eye and are really fine, breathing asbestos or being exposed to asbestos could result to its build-up in the lungs that lead to various lung-related diseases. These diseases and lung complications can cause long-term disability or even death to the patient.

People who work with asbestos, or those who are exposed to asbestos as part of their work, are the one that are at high-risk of getting asbestos-related health complications and injury, however, even those who are not working with asbestos can develop these complications. Many old buildings have used paints that contain asbestos, and these can put the people living there at risk of developing asbestos-related injuries. When a tenant suffers an injury due to asbestos exposure, then the tenant can file a personal injury lawsuit against the landlord. This is because, according to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, it is the landlord’s responsibility to inform the tenant of the potential danger of asbestos exposure. The landlord is responsible for removing the rent or risk losing rent.

In accordance to the federal OSHA rules which applies to all states, all landlords of residential properties are essentially required to have their property checked for asbestos and other dangerous substances. The law, aside from the OSHA regulations, compels the landlord to inform the tenants about the dangers of asbestos (and other dangerous substances) present in the property; if the landlord avoided the building inspections, they should acknowledge to their tenants that they are not sure if asbestos is present in the building or not.

Tenants should also know that presence of asbestos does not necessarily mean that the landowner is compelled to remove it; asbestos is deemed dangerous when it is airborne. When the asbestos is present in dangerous conditions (peeling or airborne), the tenant can take legal actions against the landowner, especially in an injury or accidents occurred because of the presence of asbestos. The tenant can demand to have the asbestos removed or break lease (even withhold a portion of the rent) because the landlord has violated the “warranty of habitability,” which ensures that the tenant can live in the place safely.