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Asbestos Insulation

Known for its thermal properties, asbestos insulation has been known and proven to be a deadly hazard for both workers and homeowners. Asbestos insulation was commonly used throughout the 20th century. This natural mineral provided heat resistance due to the space between its fibers.

Types of Asbestos Insulation

There are four major types of asbestos insulation that have been used over the years. Used in attics and walls, loose-fill asbestos insulation is dangerous due to its propensity to release inhalable asbestos fibers at the slightest disturbance. Used on pipes and plumbing components, asbestos wrappings contain asbestos paper and deteriorate with age, releasing dangerous particles. Used for wall insulation, asbestos block insulation could become hazardous when cut or sawed. Finally, spray-on asbestos insulation, often found in large commercial buildings, posed severe health risks to workers due to its high asbestos content.

Asbestos-Related Disease

The dangers of asbestos insulation extend beyond its installation. Exposure to asbestos fibers has been linked to several deadly asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and asbestosis. Asbestos-related illnesses can take decades to manifest, making those who handle asbestos insulation or reside in buildings with it at risk.

Occupations at Risk

Occupations at high risk of asbestos exposure include insulators, plumbers, electricians, construction workers. Older schools containing asbestos insulation also pose a significant threat to generations of students and teachers. Additionally, veterans are also vulnerable to the common use of asbestos in the military. It is important to take proper precautionary measures when dealing with asbestos to avoid severe health issues. Seeking specialized medical care is crucial for those affected by asbestos-related diseases, with access to innovative treatments and clinical trials available at top cancer centers.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please call the Halpern Law Firm at (800) 505-6000 or fill out our form for legal help. Call today for a free case evaluation and to get more information. We have over 30 years of experience and have won over $100 million for our clients.

Sources:

https://www.epa.gov/asbestos/protect-your-family-asbestos-contaminated-vermiculite-insulation

https://www.routledge.com/Asbestos-Risk-Assessment-Epidemiology-and-Health-Effects-Second-Edition/Dodson-Hammar/p/book/9781138076709

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/asbestos/asbestos-fact-sheet

Written By Jeff Nelson

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