Over the years, it has been discovered that many handyman products for residential and home use, such has Gold Bond Spackle Plaster, contain the dangerous and often fatal material known as asbestos. National Gypsum Company, prior to the 1970s, manufactured and distributed Gold Bond Spackle Plaster, other gypsum wallboard products, and plasters used in residential and commercial buildings. Unfortunately, Gold Bond Spackle Plaster has been linked to asbestos illnesses. These asbestos products were used because they were an affordable and practical insulation material until they were discovered to be fatal. Also, asbestos happens to be useful as a fire retardant in heating and cooling applications.
Gold Bond Spackle Plaster and its Dangers
Gold Bond Spackle Plaster can cause a malignant form of cancer by the name of mesothelioma. Those working with Gold Bond Spackle Plaster have been exposed to the tiny asbestos fibers which, when breathed, can eventually create cancer in the lungs, abdomen and the heart.
Gold Bond Spackle Plaster Users Should Seek Medical Help
The best advice for anyone who has ever used Gold Bond Spackle Plaster or other Gold Bond products is to have a thorough medical checkup done immediately to determine if high levels of asbestos are present in their systems. A chest x-ray can usually determine lung function. “The chest x–ray is currently the most common tool used to detect asbestos-related diseases. However, it is important to note that chest x-rays cannot detect asbestos fibers in the lungs, but they can help identify any early signs of lung disease resulting from asbestos exposure.”
What are the most common symptoms associated with mesothelioma?
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
- A cough that never goes away
- Blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up from the lungs
- Pain in the chest or abdomen
- Difficulty in swallowing or prolonged hoarseness
- Significant weight loss
Is there compensation for my illness?
Though no money in the world can restore or make up for illness caused by asbestos-related diseases, compensation may be available to those who were exposed to Gold Bond Spackle Plaster and/or other asbestos products. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos related illness, contact us for a free legal consultation.