In Honolulu, Hawaii, individuals recently displaced from their homes due to recent flooding will have to wait two more months to return. This is due to the risk of exposure to asbestos, which broke from safe containment due to the flood. Due to the scope of the damage and the need to ensure that the residences will be livable and safe, displaced homeowners will need to be provided with housing for the next two months.
Many homes and buildings that were made with asbestos materials can be considered reasonably safe as long as the asbestos is properly contained. However, natural disasters such as the Honolulu flood can release the previously contained asbestos, causing it to become airborne. Asbestos exposure can cause development of mesothelioma and other diseases.
Asbestos exposure due to flooding can be particularly devastating. Flooding causes extensive damage to structures and exposes the asbestos, which will not become airborne until it eventually dries. Because of this, it is easy to underestimate the potential for asbestos exposure from flooding until much later. Asbestos that is not revealed by the flood itself can also be exposed by subsequent demolitions after flooding. It is important to ensure that qualified individuals safely perform demolitions.
As asbestos particles circulate through the air, they can be easily inhaled, likely causing future health complications. First responders such as firefighters, police officers, and cleanup crews are frequently exposed to asbestos in the aftermath of natural disasters. In addition, it is possible that cleanup is not properly done and does not account for proper remediation of asbestos. In such cases, families can frequently develop health issues after moving back to their homes.
If you or someone you know is suffering from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in the workplace or an improperly done cleanup, it is important to receive the compensation that you deserve. Philadelphia asbestos lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler are devoted to fighting for the rights of those suffering from mesothelioma. We represent clients from Delaware County, Philadelphia County, Chester County, and New Jersey. To set up a consultation, complete our online form or call our Philadelphia offices at 1-215-569-4000 or toll-free at 1-800-369-0899.