The past year has been filled with reminders that the dangers of asbestos continue to lurk in Alabama.
The deadly tornadoes that struck portions of Alabama in May destroyed a number of buildings, many of which were discovered to contain asbestos. Meanwhile, some former oil rig workers are beginning to experience severe health complications related to handling the asbestos-based drilling mud used on land-based and offshore rigs from the 1960s through the late 1980s.
More recently, the city of Mobile, Alabama, received an assessment for removing asbestos from City Hall North, a building that has been vacant for years, has been on the market since 2007 and is considered an eyesore by many. Although the asbestos in the building is not considered hazardous as it remains intact and the fibrous particles have not been disturbed and become airborne, the need for asbestos mitigation has been cited as an issue in the sale of City Hall North; the property was appraised at more than $900,000, but the recent estimate for the clean-up of asbestos and other contaminants is approximately $240,000.
Exposure to asbestos can lead to severe and potentially fatal health complications, many of which take years to become evident. Health problems associated with asbestos include:
- Lung cancer
If you worked with asbestos in Alabama and later developed one of these conditions, the Mobile, Alabama, asbestos exposure lawyers at Long & Long may be able to help you pursue financial compensation.
If you believe you’ve become ill due to job-related asbestos exposure, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, mesothelioma attorneys at Long & Long, P.C., to schedule your no-cost case evaluation.