Asbestos has long been known to cause serious health issues, including deadly forms of cancer such as mesothelioma. It takes only a brief exposure to the harmful, microscopic particles to set in motion the progressive and incurable cancer that may not reveal its symptoms for decades. Because of the danger from asbestos, Tennessee and other states have strict procedures for handling and disposing of materials that contain asbestos. Those who fail to follow these rules may be open to mass torts claims if asbestos exposure leads to illnesses.
In another state, one contracting company and a property owner faced legal action after tearing down an older home in a residential neighborhood. In past generations, construction materials such as roofing shingles and siding were often made of asbestos because of the fiber's insulating qualities and fire resistance. Many older homes contain asbestos flooring and walls, which is safe as long as the materials are not broken to release the fibers into the air.
Unfortunately, the contracting company apparently took no precautions as required by law before razing the building. Neighbors watched in shock as a plume of dust, presumably filled with asbestos, rose into the air. The contractor then reportedly dumped the debris into a pit on the property instead of using a designated disposal facility.
While the company has been fined over $100,000, it may still be financially responsible for any adverse health effects residents of the neighborhood may suffer. It is not unusual for groups of people who suffer a similar wrong to join in mass torts claims against a single entity, and this happens frequently with asbestos and mesothelioma cases. Seeking the assistance of a Tennessee attorney with extensive experience in recovering damages related to mesothelioma is a wise first step.