The widespread use of asbestos in America in the 1960s, 70s and early ’80s, particularly in building and construction, meant that plumbers and other workers involved in asbestos removal, renovation, or maintenance work that disturbs existing asbestos would remain at risk.
Free Mesothelioma Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has worked as a plumber and subsequently been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related health condition, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Plumbers deal with equipment and parts that must insure the smooth running of hot and cold water to various fixtures within a home or small commercial building. Furthermore, these parts must remain resistant to major changes in temperature or corrosion. For that reason, pipes – even those in homes – were often insulated with asbestos-containing materials, particularly in structures built prior to the 1980s. Asbestos may also be found in pipe fittings, pipe coatings, and water heater filaments that were installed before the asbestos warnings of approximately 30 years ago.
Since plumbers often worked in close, cramped spaces without protective gear, they often inhaled asbestos particles as they cut asbestos paper, sawed, soldered and joined pipes or sanded down block insulation, resulting in the release of tiny and sometimes lethal airborne asbestos fibers. Sadly, this kind of toxic inhalation often results in asbestos-related lung diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.
Homeowners who decide to tackle plumbing jobs should be diligent about protecting themselves and their family members as well, especially in old homes, and should be informed as to local laws about the removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials before they begin a plumbing job inside the home.
Do I have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
The Toxic Tort Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in asbestos-related mesothelioma lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.