While use of asbestos in industrial, commercial, and consumer products has been heavily regulated in the United States since the mid 1970s, millions of pounds of the carcinogenic mineral remain trapped in structures still standing to this day. When developers and construction companies renovate or demolish these structures, they can disturb the asbestos inside and create a potentially dangerous situation for both workers and innocent bystanders living nearby.
Sadly, thousands of people are diagnosed with mesothelioma from secondhand exposure to asbestos every year, including situations in which demolition companies create so-called “demolition dust” containing the carcinogen. Although most municipalities have regulations pertaining to the handling and disposal of deadly asbestos, many property owners and construction companies fail to live up to these legal obligations and put innocent people at risk of developing serious health conditions through exposure.
Other times, poor enforcement and oversight by local governments can be to blame for allowing renovators to spew toxic substances like asbestos into the air and put communities at risk. When municipalities fail to put the time, money, and effort into protecting local residents, victims are left to turn to their healthcare providers to deal with the potentially serious health consequences caused by asbestos.
The good news is that even in cities where compliance with asbestos abatement and disposal is essentially voluntary, most parties comply with regulations for the good of their workers and the community. With tried and proven techniques, developers can help ensure that their projects do not cause harm to unsuspecting people who have no idea that they may be at risk for mesothelioma, asbestosis, or other serious health conditions caused by dust and debris from tearing down an old building.
However, not all construction companies are as considerate as others and may end up causing serious harm. In these situations, it may be necessary to file a formal lawsuit against the parties responsible for the asbestos exposure. Because mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer that commonly affects the thin lining of tissue surrounding vital organs, can take decades to show symptoms, it may be difficult to track down the responsible parties.
Fortunately, a seasoned and dedicated mesothelioma cancer lawyer has the experience and resources necessary to help determine all the liable parties in a lawsuit and recover the vital compensation needed to help pay for medical bills and make up for lost wages. While nothing can undo the harm caused by a mesothelioma diagnosis, filing a lawsuit is important not only to help make victims whole again but also to hold wrongdoers accountable for their indifference to public safety.
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If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.