Plumbers, do-it-yourselfers and anyone who has worked in construction and remodeling know that dry mix and joint compounds help seal drywall seams and provide an excellent material for all sorts of home repair. Unfortunately, most dry mix and joint compound products made before 1978 contained asbestos fibers. The asbestos fibers helped to create the perfect bonding formula. The cohesiveness created by asbestos was perfect for pipes and sealing joints.
Unfortunately, it was soon discovered that inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers, often flying free in the air, was linked to deadly cancers like mesothelioma. The dry mix and joint compounds when mixed with water or applied, let out asbestos fibers that attached themselves to the linings of the lung, abdomen or stomach. In time, cancers developed around the organs, leading to suffering and possible death.
Though many of these products were taken off the shelves and no longer sold, some manufacturers continued to make asbestos products and didn’t take the necessary precautions with their workers. They knew the dangers, but ignored them. As a result, many workers became very ill or even died of lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Today, people are still suffering from asbestos-related illnesses as a result of their exposure to dry mix and joint compound in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. As a result, many have sought the help of an attorney to receive compensation for their illnesses from companies that exposed them to asbestos.
There are federal laws in place that help control and regulate how contractors go about removing asbestos from commercial and home properties. All household and commercial items containing asbestos are removed by following very strict codes. During demolition and renovation of institutional, commercial, or residential structures, the contractors are careful to follow guidelines provided to them on asbestos abatement. Those who have worked in or around an asbestos removal programs know the importance of wearing the proper protective gear and masks.
Though no money in the world can restore or make up for illness caused by asbestos related diseases, compensation may be available to those suffering from mesothelioma or another asbestos related illness.