Another group that was often exposed to friable asbestos on the job, carpenters are often at risk of developing mesothelioma. An aggressive cancer that stays latent for decades, mesothelioma is currently being diagnosed in carpenters and tradesman who were exposed fifty years ago.
Because of its ability to withstand fire and water, asbestos was widely used in building materials. Carpenters, in commercial and residential construction, were often in contact with these materials (insulation, drywall, wood, cement), in the course of framing out and finishing the structures. Many common construction activities—sawing into drywall, hammering nails, rolling out insulation—released friable asbestos into the air, which anyone nearby could inhale or ingest.
Both residential and commercial carpenters, working on small homes and large buildings, were exposed to asbestos fibers occupationally, and many are experiencing mesothelioma and other horrible diseases. Older buildings with asbestos insulation continue to pose a threat, for carpenters working in and/or remodeling them now. There are a series of safe precautions to take when removing asbestos from a home or building.
Some of the symptoms of mesothelioma include a chronic cough, fluid in the lungs, chest pain, and shortness of breath; all of these are related to the hardening of the membrane around the lungs. Weight loss, extreme fatigue, difficulty swallowing, fever, and other recurring symptoms are also hallmarks of the cancer.
If you are a practicing or retired carpenter who was exposed to asbestos on the job, you have an increased risk of mesothelioma over the general population. But if you or someone you care for has developed mesothelioma as a result of an employer’s negligence, you do have options. Contact Mike Agruss Law, for a free consultation. We are a Chicago injury law firm representing individuals and families who have suffered injuries or losses due to accidents and occupational hazards. A good personal injury attorney can hold the people who caused the cancer responsible, winning compensation for medical debt, lost employment income, and suffering.
Mike Agruss Law, will handle your personal injury case quickly, will counsel and work with you every step of the way, and will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Mike Agruss Law, does not charge attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. Therefore, you have nothing to risk when you hire us–just the opportunity to pursue justice.