Drywallers and Asbestos
Many people remodel their homes and need to install new drywall for their interior walls. Drywall is used in the construction of almost every building, and although the use of asbestos is prohibited in products now, it was permitted until the late 1970s. Because its use was once so common, asbestos may still be lingering in older homes. If your home was built during or before the 1970s and you are remodeling it, you may be at risk for being exposed to asbestos in your drywall. Many people pay drywallers to uninstall their old drywall and install the new, but these workers are also at risk for asbestos exposure.
Home remodeling often involves a lot of dust, moving, tearing down, putting up, and scattering of particles, which may possibly include asbestos. Asbestos dust and fibers can cause serious medical conditions, and even death. Exposure poses very serious risks to your health, as asbestos exposure can result in mesothelioma, which is an incurable cancer of the lungs.
Sometimes drywallers will simply wear masks when removing and installing drywall, but this precaution can only prevent so much exposure. Ideally, an asbestos abatement company will remove the asbestos, since it employs people who are professionally equipped to handle asbestos fibers. If removed improperly, asbestos can cause the following:
- Asbestosis, or lung scarring
- Other lung diseases
If you or someone you know was exposed to asbestos after removing or installing drywall, contact the experienced mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Kherkher today at 800-781-3955 to learn more about your medical and legal options.