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Asbestos in Apartment Buildings – What you Need to Know

If you own a television or radio, or you have access to the Internet, chances are you’ve heard quite a bit about asbestos and the diseases it causes. It’s been well-established that asbestos is a scourge, as it leads to debilitating and painful lung conditions including mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer, all of which are fatal diseases in nature.

What you may not have heard about, however, in regards to asbestos is where it tends to be found. The mesothelioma lawyers at Williams Hart would like to provide you with one of the most common locations in which asbestos is found below, but if you have suffered as a result of exposure to this substance, contact a mesothelioma lawyer at Williams Hart today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Older Apartment Buildings

Millions of people in the United States live in apartment buildings for a wide variety of reasons, and unfortunately, asbestos was commonly used in all sorts of buildings throughout the early and mid-20th Century. When one adds these two variables together, it’s easy to see that there are certain apartment buildings that were built with asbestos included in the materials.

The worst part of asbestos exposure is that asbestos is generally a colorless, odorless and microscopic group of fibers, which means that humans can be exposed to this substance for long periods of time without having any idea that their lives are being put at risk as a result of their proximity to this substance.

If you are about to move into an apartment building, and it looks like it’s more than a few years old, you need to protect yourself before you are exposed. Make sure that you ask some blunt questions of the property owners or managers that relate to this issue. For instance, you need to ask when the building was built, and if it was built before 1980, you should treat that as a ‘red flag.’

You should also ask if asbestos was used in the building when it was originally built. If asbestos was used, ask the owner or manager whether or not it was removed, and if it was, when it was removed. Finally, you should also ask if anyone has ever filed a claim against the owner or manager based on exposure to asbestos.

You owe it to yourself to avoid this type of exposure, as it’s often deadly as a result. If you have been exposed, contact a mesothelioma attorney at Williams Hart immediately to schedule a free initial consultation.

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