Have you been exposed to asbestos in North Carolina?
Along with you, at least hundreds of other people were exposed to asbestos in North Carolina. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization that specializes in environmental research and advocacy, there have been about 1,410 recorded fatalities in the state due to asbestos related diseases. Of these deaths, 503 were caused by asbestosis, and an estimated 917 of them were due to mesothelioma. These tragic statistics rank North Carolina as number 13 in the US for deaths due to asbestos-related diseases.
For over two decades Weitz & Luxenberg has dealt with asbestos related litigation. We have helped clients just like you obtain $3 billion in compensation for the injuries they suffered due to negligent asbestos exposure. Please continue to read more about asbestos exposure in North Carolina, so that we can help you hold the company who got you sick accountable.
Workers in North Carolina were exposed to asbestos at a number of jobsites in many of the state’s main industrialized industries.
Below are some of the major sources of asbestos exposure:
Asbestos has been used for decades in various components of ship construction. A Pulitzer prize winning article on the dangers of asbestos in shipyards, described the dangerous conditions that ship workers were forced to endure at a site in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the company “failed to train workers in proper asbestos removal methods, supply protective suits or provide medical screening, according to OSHA records. Workers shoveled asbestos debris into storage bins, which is prohibited by federal law, and did not wet down asbestos to limit dust.”
North Carolina shipyards include:
- New Bern Shipyard
- The North Carolina Ship Building Company
Because of its fire resistant properties, asbestos was often used in a wide-range of areas in steel mills such as ovens, ladles, boilers, and steam pipes. The hazardous carcinogen was also sometimes used in the lining of the protective uniforms worn by steelworkers.
Steelworkers who were at the greatest risk of asbestos exposure include welders, machine setters, millwrights, pourers and casters, and furnace operators and inspectors.
If you were exposed to asbestos in North Carolina, let us help
Weitz & Luxenberg is familiar with the companies in North Carolina that knowingly exposed individuals like you to asbestos, and we can help to make sure you get just compensation for your illness. This compensation can help cover medical bills, and other related expenses. It can also help to guarantee monetary stability for you and your family.
Our firm has a team of skilled attorneys with a wealth of knowledge concerning asbestos-related illnesses. Please contact us by filling out the confidential form on this page. After sending the form, a representative from our firm will be in touch to provide you with a legal consultation concerning your case.