Many Ohio residents buy older homes for a variety of reasons. What they may not consider when making the purchase is that older homes could contain toxic materials. Even if they are aware of the concern, they may miss one important source of potential health issues -- the home's siding. Some older homes have a cement-type siding that could result in asbestos exposure.
That statement may seem a bit late in the game to Ohio consumers considering the fact that Johnson & Johnson faces a multitude of lawsuits due to allegations that a toxic material in its baby powder causes cancer. The company has vehemently denied these allegations. However, those claims may receive some credence due to the fact that J&J recently announced the recall of some of its bottles of baby powder due to the potential for asbestos exposure by consumers.
Many of the older buildings here in Ohio still contain toxic substances from materials used in their original construction. As long as they are not disturbed, those materials may not pose a danger to anyone, but during renovations or demolition of those structures, the chances of asbestos exposure means the careful removal of it in order to prevent it from doing harm to anyone. If not properly removed, asbestos could put numerous lives at risk.
Like other patients here in Ohio and elsewhere, your legal options are more than likely not your first thought after receiving a devastating diagnosis of mesothelioma. You may already know that this particular disease most often results from asbestos exposure. At some point during your life, more than likely at your job, you were around this toxic substance. It is possible that you could receive benefits and/or restitution due to your condition.
Many of the schools throughout Ohio have been attended by generations of family members. This often spawns many trips down memory lane as older family members tell tales of their time in those schools to younger generations. What many of them may not realize, though, is that because of the age of those buildings, children could be at risk for asbestos exposure.
Many old school buildings here in Ohio could use updates. If construction commences, the possibility of asbestos exposure could exist. For this reason, the school, the school district and construction companies need to proceed with care and issue warnings of possible exposure, especially if this toxic material is found in the building.
After years of working and planning your retirement, you probably looked forward to your vision of those years becoming a reality. Then, decades after your work and your dreams began, you went to see your doctor here in Ohio with what you thought was a routine health concern and discovered it was much worse than you ever could have anticipated. Your doctor told you that you suffer from a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma.
Would a construction worker readily recognize the presence of toxic materials at a work site? More than likely, the answer to that question would be in the negative since it is nearly impossible to know for sure without the proper testing. One of the largest risks to these workers when it comes to harmful substances is asbestos exposure, especially when working on some of Ohio's older buildings.
Ohio residents with teenage girls may remember that this is not the first time the boutique store Claire's has been in the news because the Food and Drug Administration found something dangerous and toxic in one of its makeup products. Back in 2017, a concerned mother had her daughter's makeup tested, and it came back positive for asbestos. Recently, another of Claire's makeup products puts purchasers at risk of asbestos exposure.
Many of the buildings in Ohio have a rich history, but not all of it may be good. Living in an older apartment building could come with certain risks to the tenants. For instance, if the structure was built decades ago, the risk of asbestos exposure remains a concern. Most residents don't give it a thought since they expect their landlords to ensure they are safe from toxic materials.