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Pennsylvania nursing home contains asbestos dust

An asbestos removal process at a Pennsylvania nursing home is expected to cost around $140,000. Though this may seem costly, exposure to the asbestos that would even cause one asbestos-related disease or death would make the cost of cleanup seem extraordinarily worthwhile.

Asbestos dust that was discovered likely came from a series of fire-proof doors that were installed over a decade ago. The process of cleaning up the asbestos could take as long as 4-weeks and would likely require the closing of many nearby buildings. In the meantime, the nursing home residents will have to be provided care at other facilities.

The reason that lawsuits are brought against businesses that may be responsible for exposure to asbestos, the reason that individuals are retaining attorneys to sue such businesses, and the reason why such lawsuits are bringing back multi-million dollar verdicts is because asbestos exposure is deadly. Approximately 2,500 Americans die every year due to asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis or malignant mesothelioma. Often such illnesses do not crop up until long after the asbestosis exposure has taken place.

Most of us already know that the cure rate for lung cancer is practically zero. Asbestosis is a malady that can come about due to longtime exposure to asbestos and may put sufferers at risk for lung cancer and mesothelioma. The symptoms of asbestosis can be debilitating and painful. Unfortunately, there is no cure and the scarring that characterizes the disease is irreversible. Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that can come about with only a minimum amount of exposure to asbestos. And almost the only known cause for mesothelioma is through exposure to asbestos.

In light of all that can go wrong when individuals are exposed to asbestos, the costs of cleanup are slight.

Source: Mesothelioma & Asbestos News Portal, "Asbestos abatement for Pennsylvania nursing home expected to cost $140,000," Feb. 3, 2012

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