ASBESTOS INJURY AND OTHER HARMFUL TOXIC EXPOSURE
The news that you or a family member has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer or another diagnosis linked to harmful toxic substances such as silica dust, heavy metals or red dust from aluminum production, is devastating.
At Harris & Huge, we are Charleston asbestos lawyers that strive to ease the emotional and financial burden of the diagnosis through competent and compassionate legal representation. We are fully committed to zealously pursuing the companies that are responsible for illness-causing and potentially deadly asbestos exposure.
COMPENSATION FOR LEGAL CLAIMS DUE TO ASBESTOS EXPOSURE
South Carolina, as well as many other states and the U.S Virgin Islands, has an extensive history of workers and others developing asbestos-related diseases due to asbestos exposure. Asbestos has been prevalent at job sites in various industries throughout the country, including construction, oil refining, chemical manufacturing, mining and others. Asbestos was commonly used for decades until the 1970s and 1980s because of its insulative, flame-retardant and other properties which made it very useful in various applications. Unfortunately, asbestos fibers were released into the air from the ordinary use of asbestos products, and workers and others breathed these fibers into their lungs where the fibers may cause serious diseases, such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural disease and other diseases.
Workers in construction, mining, chemical manufacture, oil refining, textiles and other industries may be particularly vulnerable to asbestos exposure, even today. The problem with asbestos is that the fibers that can cause disease are microscopic and cannot be seen with the naked eye, are colorless, odorless and otherwise undetectable by those exposed. Also, asbestos diseases take decades to manifest after exposure to asbestos. Thus the symptoms of an asbestos-related illness do not surface until many years later, often decades later, making the diagnosis and cause difficult to trace to asbestos exposures.
The facts and circumstances for exposure to asbestos vary widely from person to person. The attorneys at Harris & Huge have extensive experience evaluating potential asbestos claims and can assist you, along with referral to qualified medical experts and other qualified professionals, to determine whether you may have an asbestos claim and how to proceed. Keep in mind that exposure to asbestos does not mean that the exposed individual will develop an asbestos disease at some point later in life. According to top medical experts and other professionals, there are many factors that may lead an individual to develop an asbestos disease or be at an increased risk of developing asbestos disease.
Compensation for an asbestos-related claim is available to cover medical costs, loss of income, loss of spousal support, emotional distress, end of life treatment and much more. Unfortunately, we are also seeing more “take home” cases, where spouses, children and other family members of workers exposed asbestos dust have also been exposed to asbestos dust, often from the worker’s clothing over a period of several years, and developed an asbestos disease. These family members may have claims as well, and should contact our firm if they have been diagnosed and believe they were exposed to asbestos dust from a family member who worked many years ago at a job site where there was asbestos.
WHY CHOOSE HARRIS & HUGE
We are reputable and knowledgeable asbestos exposure attorneys in South Carolina and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We will serve as zealous advocates, so you are able to receive the compensation you deserve, and compassionate ears, so you truly understand that we are on your side. We have demonstrated our skill and expertise in the field asbestos litigation. We also have an extensive array of other professionals that we employ to help on each client’s case, including expert witnesses and medical specialists. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos or is suffering from an asbestos-related illness, contact the Charleston asbestos attorneys at Harris & Huge today.