Mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer that affects the lining of the body’s primary organs, generally arises after exposure to asbestos. One of the most dangerous issues with this disease is that symptoms can take up to 50 years to emerge after exposure has occurred. Unfortunately, many South Carolina residents were exposed to asbestos before the U.S. government limited its use due to health hazards.
Asbestos exposure was a common problem for South Carolina workers, specifically those in the mining, textile, and shipbuilding industries. The state is also home to a number of power plants, who are known for their use of asbestos due to the mineral’s strength, flexibility, and heat resistance.
South Carolina Residents Exposed
Ignoring the risks, manufacturers used asbestos for years after its deadly effects were discovered. As big industries continued to profit, workers continued to be exposed. In addition to the industries listed above, many offices, buildings, restaurants, hospitals, schools, and homes were constructed with materials containing asbestos for its insulation. When these sites undergo repair or refurbishing, the products with asbestos are often disturbed. This is when the fibers become airborne and inhaled by workers, which can cause mesothelioma.
The following cities have been identified as key areas in South Carolina where asbestos exposure occurred:
- College Spur
- Rock Hill
Fortunately, most uses of asbestos have finally been banned, but much of the damage has already been done. If you worked in any of the above industries or cities in South Carolina, you may be at risk for developing mesothelioma. Call 1-877-LOSS RECOVER (1-877-567-7732) for a free case evaluation. Act today; you may be entitled to compensation.