Plumbers Mesothelioma Attorneys in West Virginia
Professions at Risk for Asbestos Exposure – Plumbers
Those employed in the plumbing profession have occupational responsibilities similar to those of steamfitters and pipefitters. All trades require the installation or repair of pipes that carry water, air, steam or other gasses or liquids to homes, businesses and factories.
For roughly four decades, between the 1940’s and the 1980’s, many of the standard products utilized by plumbing professionals contained asbestos. As a result, many plumbers were frequently exposed to asbestos on the job – many which helped to insulate or prevent condensation on tanks, boilers, pipes, ducts and other plumbing systems.
Although asbestos was once widely used, the discovery of its adverse affects on health caused manufacturers to phase it out by the 1980’s. Research indicated that exposure to asbestos is directly linked to a number of rare and serious diseases, including mesothelioma, a particularly aggressive form of cancer.
Significant Risk – Occupational Exposure
Because plumbers traditionally worked in close, cramped spaces, sometimes without the proper protective gear, there has always been an elevated risk for asbestos exposure. The mineral has been used to boost insulation in boilers, pipes, tanks and ducts, and was long relied on for its heat and fire resistant properties.
In many cases, professionals would inhale dangerous asbestos dust as they sawed or soldered pipes, or when sanding down insulation. Unfortunately, this type of toxic inhalation typically resulted in an asbestos-related diagnosis, including cases of mesothelioma. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can become stuck in the lungs or abdomen and cause scarring and inflammation that lead to disease.
In fact, according to research from the Annals of Occupational Hygiene, there is still a substantial risk for asbestos exposure to those employed in construction and other maintenance trades, including plumbers. This is due in large part to the fact that there are still many asbestos-containing products out in the market today, especially in homes, facilities, and industry buildings constructed before the 1980’s.
Even in situations where a location has allegedly been stripped of asbestos, plumbers may still be at risk. Research indicates that poor removal and clean-up practices elevate the risk for harmful asbestos exposure.
Attorneys Experienced in Asbestos Mesothelioma Cases
Are you or someone you know dealing with an asbestos-related diagnosis, such as mesothelioma? If so, you may be eligible to pursue a legal claim to recover compensation or other damages, which can help to offset many of the financial costs of disease.
In order to determine whether or not your case qualifies, you will need to enlist the guidance of an attorney who specializes in this area of law. Because asbestos-related cases can involve in-depth investigation, it’s important to work with an attorney who has been successful in these types of cases.
At Antion McGee Law Group, PLLC, our attorneys are experienced litigators who represent asbestos affected clients. We have worked with a number of clients who were exposed to asbestos while on the job, including plumbers, and are prepared to oversee your case with the highest degrees of expertise, professionalism and integrity. We understand that dealing with disease is never easy, and mesothelioma cases are no different. Regardless of your situation, our firm is prepared to guide and support you.
If you are unable to travel to our law office to meet with our attorneys, our team is prepared to travel to you. Our priority is assisting you and guiding your case through to a successful end. To schedule an initial consultation with our legal specialists, call Antion McGee Law Group, PLLC at (304) 807-0739.