The Brown University Daily Herald recently reported buildings on the University’s campus are currently being cleared of asbestos after officials and environmental consultants surveyed and found the dangerous substance in nine classrooms*. Asbestos, which was a commonly used insulation substance, is a fibrous mineral which was used regularly in construction projects from the early 1900s to the 1980s. Despite its popularity for construction, the usage of asbestos stopped after it was discovered that the inhalation of the fiber was found to cause severe side effects including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Because asbestos use was so prevalent and common in construction projects for so long, many buildings built in that era still remain in use today. This means that mesothelioma claims are not only limited to those construction workers and persons exposed to asbestos then, but also that many arise from persons currently exposed to the substance in those buildings. Because of the on-going claims and reports of severe side effects from asbestos, responsible property owners conduct tests to determine if their building contains asbestos. The Rhode Island Department of Health requires that once asbestos is found in a building, that certain abatement plans must be approved before any reconstruction and removal of the cancerous product can begin.
Even though it was used as building insulation so much for nearly 80 years, it is now known today that the inhalation of asbestos fibers cause severe side effects. Because the inhalation of the fibers results in them being lodged in the lungs, the side effects can take as long as 15 years to develop. The dormancy of asbestos reactions means that asbestos claims and injuries are continually developing and being reported. Because persons may not know they have been exposed to asbestos until severe side effects develop, it is crucial that persons continually have themselves tested for it and that responsible property owners conduct investigations to determine whether their buildings contain the deadly substance.
If you or a loved one has suffered any asbestos side effects from inhalation, such as Mesothelioma or lung cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. Working with the leading asbestos lawyers and mesothelioma lawyers handling these cases today, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates wants to ensure that you are afforded the legal representation you deserve.
Please contact the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6867 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.