Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that’s used for it’s insulating and fire-retardant properties in many of the products we’re exposed to daily. While the use of asbestos has certain benefits, the risks the substance poses are substantial.
Contact with asbestos has been linked to the development of a deadly form of cancer known as Mesothelioma. This particular type of cancer can cause growths to develop on the lungs and inside the body cavity.
These dangers are why asbestos is often removed from structures and products that could cause exposure. However, removing asbestos is an extremely delicate process that requires numerous precautions and safety measures in order to protect the safety of workers and prevent asbestos contamination.
The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation has created the Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors as a means to control the way asbestos is handled in Virginia. The organization monitors all projects containing asbestos and enforces all regulations of the substance.
The processes and laws that are in place are successful in reducing much of the public’s exposure to this harmful substance. However, many citizens were exposed to asbestos before these rules were implemented and some people still come in contact with asbestos today.
If you developed Mesothelioma as a result of being exposed to asbestos, Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley and our legal staff at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers is here to help. You can contact us by calling (757) 459-CASH anytime—day or night.