During the early twentieth century, cork board was used in homes and offices across the country. It was easy to handle and versatile in its uses. It had insulating properties and it was fire retardant and lightweight, perfect for construction projects including walls, coverings, flooring and ceilings. But cork board was made of asbestos, which was discovered to be extremely harmful to one’s health. The substance, once hailed a miracle product in the construction industry, was soon viewed as a curse. Thousands of people fell ill with asbestos- related illnesses and cancers.
Asbestos dust and fibers are released into the air when cork board is moved or torn. If inhaled or swallowed, these microscopic fibers can be fatal. A buildup of asbestos can lead to asbestosis, a condition in which lung tissue is damaged and scarred. Exposure can also lead to cancer of the lungs, stomach, and rectum.
Thousands of cork boards that contained asbestos were sold and used throughout residential and commercial properties. Many of the workers who dealt with these cork boards now have lung cancer and other asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma. The high incidence of lung diseases among construction workers is linked to direct exposure to the carcinogenic fibers.
Though many people who have suffered from asbestos exposure have passed away, there are thousands of people alive today still suffering from its effects. The scope extends far beyond construction workers: anyone within breathing distance of exposed asbestos should be aware of its dangers. If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of asbestos, you should know your rights and the fact that you may be entitled to compensation.
Though medical researchers are doing all they can to minimize the symptoms and suffering asbestos has caused, they have yet to find a cure. It’s imperative to seek help immediately if you think you were exposed to asbestos-filled cork board. Most people who suffer from mesothelioma have been diagnosed too late to reverse the disease’s effects; early detection is one of the best – and only – weapons at our disposal.