Asbestos was traditionally used throughout Ohio and elsewhere for decades because the inexpensive, naturally occurring substance's fire-resistant and insulating properties made it ideal to help increase strength without adding weight. However, it became apparent that exposure to the substance carried a host of health problems, including cancer, and many organizations moved to regulate asbestos and protect workers. Sometimes, though, companies were more interested in putting profits ahead of employee health.
In this day and age, it's difficult to imagine a company being careless when it comes to asbestos. Asbestos exposure has been proven to cause cancer and a variety of fatal illnesses, and because of this, the substance has been heavily regulated in Ohio and across the United States for decades. Despite this, in another state, a construction company stands accused of illegally disposing of asbestos, endangering both the public and the company's employees.
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.