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.