Common Sources of Asbestos Exposure

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The Law Offices of Wallace & Graham is skilled at tracking down "the where and the how" of asbestos exposure. We represent victims of mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos-related lung cancer throughout the United States.

Our attorneys have obtained millions of dollars in damages in product liability litigation against manufacturers and employers for knowingly or negligently exposing our clients to asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).* This requires knowledge of the wide range of workplace equipment, construction materials and consumer goods known to have contained friable asbestos before those products were banned.

Asbestos-Containing Products

From the early 20th century and well into the 1980s, asbestos was widely used in thousands of machines and products for its fire-retardant and insulating properties. The asbestos products below (by no means a comprehensive list) once contained sufficient amounts of the toxic mineral to trigger later disease:

Turbine blankets
Pump packing
Boiler lagging
Pipe insulation
Valve casings
Gaskets
Furnace linings
Spray-on fireproofing
Welders' gloves and smocks
Fire-resistant clothing
Oven mitts
Aerosol flocking (fake snow)
Millboard (book bindings)

Asbestos wall insulation
Roof shingles
Electrical wire
Wallboard (Drywall)
Acoustic ceiling tiles
Floor coverings
Sandpaper
Cement and brick mortar
Joint compounds
House paint


Paper manufacturing felts
Brake pads and clutches
Cranes and heavy equipment

People who worked with asbestos products day in and day out are naturally at greater risk for mesothelioma or asbestosis. However, mesothelioma is not a dose-specific disease. A one-time exposure could result in tumors 30 years later.

If you have symptoms of mesothelioma and have had contact in the past with these materials (even 40 or 50 years ago), we can explain what to do in a free consultation.

*No specific results are implied. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer's or a law firm's past results.