As the largest city in Western North Carolina, Asheville is home to many beautiful attractions, such as the Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway. In recent years, the city has also become renowned for its music, culture and flavor, as a plethora of restaurants, breweries, art galleries and concert venues have brought new life to the city’s downtown scene.

In recent years, several employers operating in Asheville, N.C., have been associated with work environments that contained a hazardous material known as asbestos.

Asheville and Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a virtually indestructible and heat-resistant mineral once used in many industrial and manufacturing products. Those exposed to asbestos (or any asbestos-containing material) are often at greater risk of developing serious health issues. In fact, it is now known that exposure to asbestos may increase an individual’s risk of developing the following serious and potentially fatal medical conditions:

  • Mesothelioma, a rare, often fatal cancer of the lining of the chest cavity.
  • Cancers of the colon, lung, larynx, esophagusthroat or pharynx.
  • A scarring of lung tissue, known as Asbestosis. This scarring may spread throughout the lungs and cause serious respiratory complications.
  • A scarring of the lining of the lungs called Pleural disease, that can cause serious respiratory complications.

Not only are employees who worked with or within environments containing asbestos at greater risk of developing these medical conditions, but the businesses that exposed their employees to asbestos or asbestos-containing products are now being held liable for any injury or harm to which they have subjected their employees.

Many Asheville, N.C., businesses are now documented sites of asbestos exposure. What remains to be seen is the full extent of the harm exposure to this dangerous mineral has caused both present and prior employees.

Known asbestos exposure sites discovered in or near Asheville, N.C., include:

  • Champion Paper Mill – Canton, N.C.
  • Ecusta Paper Mill  (Ecusta Paper Corp./Olin Corp./P.H. Glatfelter) – Brevard/Pisgah Forest, N.C.
  • DuPont Cedar Mountain Plant –  Brevard, N.C.    
  • Carolina Power & Light Asheville Steam Plant – Skyland/Asheville, N.C.
  • American Enka Plant  – Asheville/Enka, N.C.

Many asbestos exposure sites have been documented across the state of North Carolina, including buildings and homes in areas such as:

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Have you (or a loved one) been exposed to asbestos?

If you have been employed by any of the Asheville, N.C., area businesses listed above, or you have worked with or near asbestos in another work environment, you may be at greater risk of developing an asbestos-related disease or medical condition. At Ward Black Law, our team of experienced lawyers have successfully represented more than 800 people with asbestos-related diseases.

Give us the opportunity to help you. Schedule a free, confidential case consultation with one of our asbestos exposure attorneys today! Call Ward Black Law at 336-333-2244 or toll-free: 800-531-9191. You may also reach us by email or online inquiry.