Homes and structures built during the 20th century might contain a highly hazardous contaminant known as asbestos. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, whether as a tenant in a rented home, or an employee of a company making renovations, it is important to seek medical attention right away by a licensed and practicing physician.
Continue reading to learn the states laws and regulations regarding asbestos, including when a victim of asbestos exposure might be entitled to compensation for their damages.
The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used heavily in 20th century construction. Because asbestos seemed to retain useful qualities for construction, such as high heat-resistance, strength, and insulating properties, it was often used to build homes, buildings, barns, and more during the early 1900’s. However, after several decades, it became apparent that asbestos exposure was linked to certain health hazards. By the 1970’s, both state and federal government were regulating the application, removal, and disposal of asbestos. By 1990, both asbestos and asbestos-containing material (ACM) were officially banned in most states.
Asbestos exposure is dangerous because, upon inhalation, it has been proven to potentially cause a long list of serious health complications and illnesses, including cancers like mesothelioma and lung cancer, as well as a disease known as asbestosis, which is an irreversible scarring of the lungs, similar to emphysema.
Asbestos is most dangerous when it is disturbed in some way, usually by construction, demolition, or renovation. When this happens, it releases hazardous asbestos fibers into the air, which can be unknowingly inhaled by anyone in the vicinity. Undisturbed asbestos is not considered as dangerous, and in states where it is not banned, structures like popcorn ceilings are often made with asbestos-containing material (ACM).
Asbestos Laws in Indiana
Here in Indiana, there are many laws and regulations that have been enacted by both state and federal governments to protect the general public from the hazards of asbestos. For instance, all buildings (excluding residential ones with no more than 4 dwellings) must be inspected for asbestos by a licensed Indiana inspector before any renovations or constructions can ensue. As for residential homeowners, it is required by state and federal law to properly contain and dispose of asbestos in a manner that will not harm the general public or surrounding environment.
Asbestos Injury Claims
If you believe you or someone you love was unknowingly exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos as a result of someone else’s negligence, and are now suffering from serious health complications, it is wise to speak with a seasoned Indiana personal injury lawyer who can help you devise the best course of action for recovering compensation for your medical bills and more.
Your Leading Indiana Asbestos Lawyers
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