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Asbestos FAQ

South Carolina Asbestos Lawyers

1)  What is asbestos?

Asbestos can be described as a group of naturally occurring minerals. These minerals were added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance. The breathing of asbestos fibers can result in serious illnesses, including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma.  Asbestos became progressively popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century because of its sound absorption, tensile strength, and its resistance to fire, heat, chemical and damage.  Click here to read more about an asbestos lawsuit.

 2)      How do I know if I have asbestos in my home?

Unless the insulation is labeled as asbestos, unfortunately, you will not be able to tell if it is asbestos-containing. Do not try and examine it yourself.  To determine the presence of asbestos, there are certified Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialists that can identify, detect and assessasbestos-containing materials.

3) I think I have asbestos in my home, what do I do?

If you think you have asbestos in your home, and you decide to remove the material, the Department of Health recommends that you first call an Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialist to determine if the insulation is asbestos containing. If the insulation is discovered to be asbestos containing then contact a licensed Asbestos Hazard Abatement Contractor in your area. For further on contacting an asbestos expert, contact the Environmental Protection Agency.

 4) Do I have to remove asbestos from my home if I know that I have it?

Typically, asbestos-containing materials do not have to be removed from suburban or residential property.  In fact, asbestos-containing materials do not have to be removed from any structure unless they will be disturbed during renovations or demolition activities which can be determined by a specialist. As long as the asbestos-containing materials are in good quality condition and will not be disrupted; they do not pose a severe health risk.  To be safe, do not make this decision on your own, contact an expert and let them evaluate the situation.

5) Can I remove the asbestos from my home?

The Health Department recommends that a licensed Asbestos Hazard Abatement Contractor perform asbestos removal activities. You can find a list online to find services that perform asbestos demolition services.  You can also call 803.333.9958 for more information.

While you focus on getting better, we’ll focus on your rights.

As soon as we receive your inquiry for an asbestos case, one of our lawyers will contact you to determine if you are eligible for an asbestos lawsuit.

If you would like to learn more about your legal rights and options, give us a call for a free Asbestos case consultation. 803.252.4800

Choosing an Asbestos Lawyer

Choosing a lawyer to represent you in any case can be a stressful, confusing process. Here are some tips we recommend you take to make the right decision:

Does the lawyer have asbestos lawsuit experience?

Ask the lawyer what experience they have in dealing with asbestos cases. Specifically ask how many cases the firm has handled, how many cases the firm has tried, and how your case will be handled.

Make sure you know the role of the asbestos lawyer.

Once you’ve decided to pursue an asbestos claim and hire a lawyer, be sure that you understand the terms of your agreement. Make sure to find out how often will the lawyer update you.  Some cases can take years before you see any results.

Find out what the total cost will be.  If you do not understand what the lawyer is doing, ask for clarification. You should be comfortable with your lawyer and trust them to have your best interest in mind as you approach your case. Also make sure to obtain the agreement you make with your attorney in writing.

Call us today and we will answer all of these questions. 803.252.4800

 By: South Carolina Asbestos Lawyer  Pete Strom




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