A mall in California that was hit with an unexpected flooding problem during the holiday season is still in the midst of recovery. However, the problems facing the building no longer concern water damage, but rather asbestos exposure.
The Chico, CA Garden Walk Mall is in the middle of the multi-faceted process of removing dangerous asbestos fibers that were recently discovered in cracked floor tiles located in the building. The tiles were likely damaged following a ruptured sprinkler pipe that occurred in the building last December that filled a number of shops with water while ruining some of the mall’s carpeting.
While replacing the carpeting and fixing any water damage, the damaged floor tiles were discovered. Further testing by LA Testing and EMSL Analytical confirmed the suspicion of asbestos, leading to the start of a two phase asbestos abatement process.
“Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers increases the risks of developing diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma,” said Ben Sublasky, the National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL. “The amount and type of asbestos fibers inhaled also impacts occupants’ health risks. When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed, asbestos fibers can be released into the air. If inhaled by the building’s occupants and abatement workers they would then be at risk for developing asbestos related diseases in the future.”
For those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer that can be linked to asbestos exposure caused by an event that exposed products containing the deadly fibers, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to learn more about your rights, and to see if pursuing a mesothelioma settlement is in your best interest.