Decades after research showed the link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, our country is still dealing with the consequences. Asbestos continues to lead to thousands of new cancer cases annually, and because of its ongoing presence in older buildings, we will continue to see asbestos cause havoc to people’s health and livelihood.
Why asbestos is still a problem for Georgians
For a while, asbestos seemed like a fantastic innovation. It was an effective insulator; it was fire retardant; it was cheap. The result was a rapid adoption of asbestos as a building material nationwide. It was present in homes and commercial buildings. But this popularity means that our country is still struggling with asbestos exposure.
Much like lead paint, asbestos is replete in older buildings. Renovations and demolition projects are high-risk activities in many areas, and when you find asbestos, you need to be incredibly cautious. Georgia law and the Environmental Protection Agency are very strict about asbestos removal and disposal.
Regardless, the problem persists.
How the law can support you
Many asbestos victims can collect financial support throughout their treatment. In fact, asbestos producers continue to create trusts and other funding because of their ongoing liability. You may also be eligible for support if an asbestos removal company fails to follow state guidelines and best practices.
The best way to get this support is by paying attention to the details. The more information you have about the source of the asbestos, how you were exposed and how it has been managed, the better a case you have. This also means having a full medical evaluation and an in-depth understanding of your health.
There are still options for mesothelioma victims and their families.