Asbestos Disease from Building and Remodeling
Construction workers are at substantially higher risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Many workers and innocent bystanders have also developed these deadly illnesses from exposure during remodeling or demolition of buildings.
Contact Wallace & Graham, P.A., if you suspect your family member was exposed to asbestos and has any symptoms of mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer. Our North Carolina attorneys have won verdicts and secured settlements across the United States against manufacturers and property owners.
Asbestos Exposure in the Construction Trades
From the early 20th century until well into the 1980s, asbestos was widely used in hundreds of building materials in both residential and commercial buildings. Asbestos was prized for its fire resistance, heat insulation and other desirable qualities. Common asbestos-containing products included plumbing and wiring, wall and attack insulation, wallboard and acoustic ceiling tiles, flooring tiles and linoleum, paints, cement, mortar and joint compounds. Although asbestos is no longer used in (most) construction materials, the toxic substance is prevalent in millions of buildings built from the 1920s to 1970s.
Some products contained friable asbestos that construction workers breathed and carried home on their clothes. Other products posed no danger to workers or occupants until it became airborne in remodeling of those older structures. The lawyers at Wallace & Graham have represented a wide range of people in construction-related claims:
- Carpenters and electricians
- Plumbers and pipefitters
- Painters and drywall installers
- Furnace and oil tank workers
- Asbestos mitigation workers
- Home remodeling contractors
- Demolition and salvage workers
- Homeowners and tenants in remodeled buildings
Mesothelioma is slow to develop - the latency from exposure to symptoms is 10 to 50 years. But once tumors develop, the cancer spreads aggressively. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical to prolonging life. Wallace & Graham traces work history to determine which employers, property owners or product manufacturers may be accountable for damages.
If your loved one was exposed to asbestos in the construction trades, or exposed because of a remodeling project, contact our Charlotte, North Carolina office for a free case evaluation.