While Hawaii is a unique and beautiful location, those that have lived there may be facing significant health complications due to past asbestos exposure. This hazardous substance was used heavily during the 20th century and many who were exposed may not realize it until they develop aggressive illnesses later in life. One of these aggressive illnesses is mesothelioma, a cancer that can affect the lungs, heart, or abdomen. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, get in touch with Frost Law Firm, PC today. Asbestos site exposure in Hawaii may have harmed you or a loved one, but we can fight for you to get the justice you deserve.
Asbestos Site Exposure Explained
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with properties that made it desirable to be used when building infrastructure, ships, aircraft, and more—until everyone knew about its debilitating health effects. When our lawyers are investigating your case, we’ll need to determine the site where your exposure occurred.
If you worked in the following areas, you may have been exposed to asbestos:
- Power Plants
Those who served in the military in Hawaii could also have developed mesothelioma from asbestos exposure at the base, on a shipyard, or in the ships themselves.
If none of these apply to you, also consider if one of your family members worked in these areas. Unfortunately, secondhand asbestos exposure can result in serious health issues. When the asbestos fibers are disturbed and released into the air, they can get on clothing, hair, and shoes. When the person comes home, those in the house are exposed to those fibers, too. Years later, they may begin to have complications with their health and then receive a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Our lawyers understand how difficult this news can be. We’re dedicated to providing our expertise to get clients full and fair compensation for what’s happened. Let’s go over the locations of possible asbestos site exposure in Hawaii.
Where Could Asbestos Site Exposure Have Occurred in Hawaii?
Between businesses, bases for branches of the Armed Forces, and residents living close to these areas, a number of people could have come into contact with asbestos and later developed mesothelioma. If you have worked, served, or lived in one of the following areas, you or your loved ones may have been exposed to asbestos.
- Barbers Point
- Papa Aloa
- Pearl Harbor
- Port Allen
Our lawyers are aware of the asbestos threats in these areas. When you meet with us to go over what happened to you, we’ll go over the places where you could have been exposed. Once we determine where this exposure likely happened, we can go over your options and start to fight for your rights.
While these areas have harmed people in the past, there are measures being taken to reduce the number of asbestos exposure threats in Hawaii. Let’s take a look at what the state is doing to protect citizens from exposure and those suffering from asbestos-related illnesses.
How Does Hawaii Deal With Asbestos?
Hawaii has measures in place to help protect the public from asbestos exposure. Routine inspections and removal of the dangerous mineral when it’s discovered at certain sites are helping to prevent people from continuing to face exposure. There are environmental response and planning procedures to help when asbestos is discovered. For example, asbestos-containing materials were found in the Pearl City Area during station construction. The Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch (SHWB) and Indoor and Radiological Health Branch (IRHB) met with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) and Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) Offices to make sure they safely managed the asbestos.
The removal process needs expertise and care, as asbestos fibers are often released when the material is disturbed. While the state has many safety offices in charge of these procedures now, there are still a number of people who could have been exposed before the dangers of asbestos were common knowledge. We’re here to help those who are struggling with the outcome of asbestos site exposure in Hawaii.
Frost Law Firm, PC Protects Asbestos Exposure Victims
The expenses of affording mesothelioma treatment can be overwhelming for anyone. With our lawyers at your side, we’ll fight for you to recover compensation for medical expenses, so you can rest assured you’ll be able to get the care you need. Our lawyers understand the financial, physical, and emotional toll of a mesothelioma diagnosis. We’ll work diligently for you to have a secure financial future so your health and family can come first.
Get in touch with our office today for a free consultation. You’ll speak with one of our Hawaii mesothelioma lawyers who will answer your questions, explain your options, and help you make a well-informed decision on how to protect your best interests.