There was a time when cork filled mastic was widely used in the construction and remodeling world. The cork mastic solution was especially practical for insulation purposes when just a thin layer was needed. It was often sprayed on. Cork filled mastic helped to repel moisture and was used around cooling pipes or cold surfaces. It was also known as the “anti-sweat” insulator. Unfortunately, cork filled mastic contained asbestos.
Cork filled mastic was very dangerous: the spray sent asbestos into the air, increasing the danger of the fibers, which are more potent when inhaled. This later led to many asbestos-related illnesses, including mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the lining around the lungs, the heart or the abdominal cavity. This disease causes excruciating pain around the affected organs and invariably leads to death. Victims are unable to breathe properly and eventually suffocate as the linings of their lungs constrict.
Though many companies stopped using cork filled mastic and other asbestos products, some continued to manufacture and sell it, fully aware of the dangers. It was later discovered that these companies hid the fact that many of their products still contained asbestos. As a result of these horrendous actions, millions of dollars were awarded in settlements to those who developed mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.
Cork filled mastic still exists in older homes and buildings, along with hundreds of other materials still containing asbestos. Anyone who has ever worked in renovation, remodeling, demolition or asbestos abatement programs is at risk for developing an asbestos-related disease. It is extremely vital that a medical doctor test them and their family members.
Today, lawyers are helping thousands who were adversely affected by working with or around cork filled mastic and other asbestos products. In the late 1970s, lawmakers began to ban asbestos products, and those manufacturers who willingly ignored these laws – and placed people at risk – are now subject to class action lawsuits. Those affected directly by asbestos exposure, as well as the family members of these people – might be entitled to compensation.
Some of the symptoms related to mesothelioma include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, a persistent cough, blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up from the lungs, pain in the chest or abdomen, d ifficulty in swallowing or prolonged hoarseness and significant weight loss.