While the use of asbestos in certain types of products has not been completely banned, at least the substance is more highly regulated. Tragically, the lasting effects of decades of asbestos use in manufacturing continues to be a problem in Ohio and around the country. In another state, for example, a legal complaint was filed only last month alleging that years of on-the-job asbestos exposure led to a former textile worker's development of cancer.
Sometimes, asbestos-related illnesses take years or even decades to develop to the point that the symptoms are diagnosable. Unfortunately, by then, it is often too late, as the cancer and other diseases related to asbestos exposure are typically incurable and eventually fatal. Often, the exposure occurred in the course of the Ohio individual's work career, when his or her employer failed to provide adequate warning or protection against the carcinogenic material.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is usually fatal. As many residents of Ohio are, sadly, well-aware, it is an illness that often develops as a result of asbestos exposure. Asbestos, a naturally occurring carcinogenic substance, was heavily used in manufacturing plants all over the country before -- and, distressingly, sometimes even after -- its deadly nature was discovered.
Far too many residents of Ohio only now are finding themselves diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses after decades of working in manufacturing jobs all over the area. Sadly, they are not the only ones to suffer this fate. A couple in another state has filed a lawsuit against several manufacturers, alleging that the husband's lung cancer is due to his asbestos exposure as an employee of the companies named in the suit.
Due to the historical prevalence of Ohio jobs in industries utilizing asbestos, residents of the state are, unfortunately, likely familiar with the illness known as mesothelioma. Some may be wondering, though, exactly what it is. The good news is that malignant mesothelioma is very rare; the bad news is that this type of cancer is very difficult to treat and still affects approximately 3,000 people every year.
Ohio has an unfortunately high incidence of asbestos-related illness due to the use of hazardous materials in manufacturing. Those in others states, however, are sadly not free from the risk either. In fact, a maintenance worker in another state is suing a railway company after, he alleges, the employer's alleged negligence resulted in his cancer.
In Ohio, widespread use of asbestos was common throughout the state due to its high number of factories and industrial manufacturing facilities. While mesothelioma and other illnesses and cancers related to asbestos exposure still surface all the time, the exposure itself often feels like an outdated concern, a worry from before safety regulations were instituted. However, a case in another state shows that, sadly, the risk of asbestos exposure is not necessarily a thing of the past.