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Asbestos Exposure Threatens Schools, Prisons

Asbestos Exposure Threatens Schools, Prisons

Asbestos contamination has led to several temporary closures of schools and prisons nationwide in the last year, causing many to be concerned about the health and safety of those who have spent time within the walls of these American institutions.

Asbestos can cause a slew of dangerous health problems, including mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of lung cancer. Even the slightest exposure can have life-long and debilitating side effects far into the future. The initial exposure is often difficult to pin-point. Protecting individuals from asbestos is necessary and vital because mesothelioma and other health problems can take upwards of 30 to 40 years to manifest.

An insurgence of mesothelioma lawsuits as occurred as more asbestos contaminants have been discovered in schools, prisons and other highly trafficked buildings, since mesothelioma and other side effects of asbestos are preventable.

The most recent school closure outside of Boulder, Colo. resulted in a school-wide evacuation and class cancellation until the risk could be evaluated. During a million renovation, asbestos was suspected to be found in Niwot High School, a high school outside of Boulder, Colo.

Asbestos was commonly used in the construction of older buildings before it was outlawed, however it is often not discovered until costly renovations years later. Removal is a time-consuming and costly process that should only be conducted by a license professional to avoid exposure. A school district in Ohio, among other districts has requested additional assistance to pay for the costly asbestos removal. Because many of these renovations are reliant on taxpayer approval, many of these costly projects are unable to find the additional funds necessary to remove the asbestos.

Demolition of asbestos-contaminated buildings can cause those involved to suffer from the after effects, as illustrated by the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Many lawsuits and health-related problems have been reported among the emergency personnel who responded, dubbing the side effects as the “World Trade Center Cough.” The toxic Ground Zero dust contained asbestos fibers and other contaminants as illustrated as the lack of improved lung function among the responding EMTs and firefighters. It is clear that controlled asbestos removal is a vital precaution, although more research is needed to determine the life-long effects.

Luckily, many of the school and prison closures have been temporary, with limited if any exposure to students and staff. However, those who feel they have been exposed, or who have felt the side effects of asbestos exposure should contact a mesothelioma attorney to discuss the possibility of a mesothelioma lawsuit.

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