How many of us have heard of the term Mesothelioma? Probably, not many. Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t got an inkling. That said, it’d certainly do no harm to have an awareness of it, especially for those of us living in North Carolina. Mesothelioma is a relatively rare but highly aggressive kind of cancer that affects the lungs, abdomen and heart – its main cause : exposure to asbestos.
Next question. What is asbestos? So, this may be something you’re familiar with or have some vague recollection of having heard in passing conversation. Asbestos is a mineral fibre that was once a widely used building material and that has since been discovered to have hugely detrimental health impacts, especially when disturbed during building renovations.
When you consider the age of most of the buildings in Charlotte, as well as the number of military bases and industrial sites in surrounding North Carolina, it sounds depressing but there really is a silver lining. Because we know that asbestos is the culprit, getting our homes tested for the presence of this harmful substance through asbestos testing is one concrete step we can take to ensure we limit the chances of our loved ones contracting Mesothelioma.
Here is a quick rundown of some of the benefits:
- Peace of Mind
First and foremost, having your home tested offers peace of mind. Many of the buildings in Charlotte were built at a time when asbestos was commonly used, so getting your home tested is one easy way to remove any uncertainty. If your property gets the all-clear then you are good to go. If, on the other hand, traces of asbestos are found, you can take action and have it removed. Now isn’t that better than living in ignorant bliss?
- Protecting Your Family’s Health
Regardless of whether you are living in a rented property or you own your home, ensuring the safety of your family is paramount. Having asbestos removed will reduce any fear of your loved ones being exposed to the adverse health conditions caused by this poisonous substance. Now you can rest easy knowing that you’ve done your part.
- It’s a Long Term Investment for Your Property and Your Family’s Future
Homeowners know that property in North Carolina is a long-term investment as demand for housing in cities like Charlotte are on the rise. Of course, there are many ways to invest in your property to boost its value but the unique thing about asbestos-testing is that while it may cost you a few thousand dollars now, it has the potential to save you thousands in the long-run if you consider the potential cost of hospital bills and lost wages. And what about when the time comes to sell the property? Having the necessary paperwork at hand to show prospective buyers that this a top-notch home will set you apart from the competition.
And If You or Your Family Have Already Been Affected…
Prevention is always better than the cure, but unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to get that opportunity. Sadly, once a person shows symptoms, the cancer is usually too aggressive to be cured. The average life expectancy after a Mesothelioma diagnosis is usually just 12 months. While oncologists and alternative therapists have developed treatments to prolong survival and minimize discomfort, these bring little emotional comfort to those suffering from an illness that is essentially preventable.
Of course, no amount of compensation can make up for a diagnosis like Mesothelioma, but taking legal action in a timely manner can be beneficial on many levels. Because this condition is almost always a result of asbestos exposure either in your home or at a workplace, you may be entitled for some compensation. Each case is unique so it’s always best to get legal advice, from a specialized firm, like Bergman Legal who have an intimate knowledge of the legal terrain and are best placed to get you and your family the justice you deserve.
Whatever the case, regardless of whether Mesothelioma has had an effect on your life directly or not, be proactive and take action today. We should do everything in our power to limit the risks of asbestos exposure by getting our homes tested – the benefits are manifold and they most certainly outweigh the costs.