Asbestos used to be a household product as well as a household word. Now, it is more of a household term for a slow and silent danger. Physicians around the world seem to have agreed that asbestos is dangerous to people when the solid pieces become airborne fibers and enter the lungs.
The substance was never banned in the United States and still exists in many applications, perhaps most notably as insulation in homes and ships. Louisiana has a long history of producing, using and mitigating asbestos. This means that many people in the Bayou State have been exposed to airborne fibers for long enough that it may have serious health consequences.
This is why asbestos detection is very important in buildings that may or are known to contain it. A Covington man is accused of defrauding a Louisiana school board with falsified air tests in buildings that may be contaminated with asbestos. Incorrect readings can prevent early detection or even early diagnosis for people who may have lung cancer or mesothelioma.
The accused man was in charge of asbestos monitoring and abatement for all of the schools in a parish southwest of New Orleans. He had already pleaded guilty to falsifying documents submitted to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
People who are concerned about the exposure to asbestos should seek medical attention. If a person receives a diagnosis with a serious condition, an attorney may be able to determine if it warrants a lawsuit for financial damages that may help with expenses related to treatment and recovery from a condition.