ASBESTOS IN CEILING TILES
Asbestos ceiling tile workers risk developing mesothelioma
ASBESTOS IN CEILING TILES
July 12, 2010 – Ceiling tiles manufactured before the 1970s commonly contained asbestos as a precaution against the outbreak of fire. Ironically, asbestos in ceiling tiles has caused more deaths from respiratory diseases than the material ever saved with its fire-retardant properties.
Ninety-thousand people die worldwide every year from diseases linked to asbestos exposure, according to the World Health Organization.
Three-thousand cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States every year. The majority of patients die within months of their diagnosis, often leaving families destitute without their chief breadwinner. Asbestos claims represented by Weitz & Luxenberg have prevented this kind of tragedy thousands of times.
Asbestos dangers in ceiling tiles
The presence of asbestos in newly produced indoor ceiling tiles was common for much of the 20th century, at least until the 1970s when the government began enacting regulations to control the use and handling of asbestos-based building products.
Even today, asbestos in ceiling tiles is still evident in older structures, including schools, public buildings and homes.
Homeowners are urged not to remove ceiling tiles in older houses. For health safety reasons, homeowners are advised to consult asbestos abatement companies for this kind of dangerous project. Professionals can analyze samples correctly and are qualified by law to conduct asbestos abatement procedures.
Asbestos in ceiling tiles
If indoor ceiling tiles are cut, broken or disturbed in any way, minute asbestos fibers can be released into the air. That happens, for example, when a worker cuts or drills holes into asbestos ceiling tiles during installation work or when the tiles are removed and demolished.
Asbestos exposure occurs when airborne asbestos fibers are inhaled accidentally by ceiling tile workers. The fibers lodge in their lung tissues and will develop over a period of years into tumors, leading to such serious illnesses as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Filing an asbestos ceiling tile claim
Weitz & Luxenberg is recognized coast to coast for obtaining record-setting multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for workers diagnosed with an asbestos illness like mesothelioma.
If you ever worked with asbestos in ceiling tiles, no matter how long ago, and you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related cancer, you may be eligible to receive monetary compensation for lost wages and mounting medical bills.
For a free legal review of your case, please contact Weitz & Luxenberg through the communication form on this page.
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