In the early 1900s, a virtually indestructible and heat-resistant mineral called asbestos was used in many industrial and manufacturing products. By the 1970s, the prevalence of asbestos-containing materials became a serious problem, largely because the federal government began issuing warnings of a possible link between certain cancers (such as mesothelioma) and asbestos exposure.
Today, it is known that asbestos exposure may increase an individual’s risk of developing the following diseases and medical conditions:
Mesothelioma, a rare, but deadly cancer of the lining of the chest cavity.
Asbestosis, a scarring of delicate lung tissue. This scarring can spread through the lungs and cause severe respiratory problems.
Pleural disease, a scarring of the lung lining that can cause significant respiratory problems.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is home to several global brands and national corporations, including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Krispy Kreme, BB&T and Hanesbrands, Inc. Unfortunately, the city is also home to hundreds of instances of hazardous asbestos exposure.
Not only are employees of these businesses at greater risk of developing asbestos-related diseases, but the businesses themselves are being held liable for any injury or harm caused by the work environment they provided.
Known asbestos exposure sites in the Winston area include:
Baptist Hospital Winston-Salem, NC
Hanes Dye & Finishing Plant / Sara Lee Hosiery Winston Salem, NC
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Whitaker Park Plant Winston Salem, NC
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Bailey Power Plant Winston Salem, NC
If you have been employed by any of the Winston-Salem, N.C., businesses listed above, or otherwise worked around asbestos, you may be at greater risk of developing an asbestos-related disease or medical condition. Ward Black Law’s team of experienced attorneys have successfully represented more than 1,000 victims of asbestos exposure. To schedule a free legal consultation with one of our asbestos exposure attorneys, call our Greensboro, N.C., law firm at 336-333-2244 or toll-free at 1-877-256-1214. You may also reach Ward Black Law by email or online inquiry.