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Asbestos in Joint Compound

Before it was discovered that asbestos was a hazardous material, it was used extensively throughout the construction industry. Joint compound, also known as drywall compound or mud, is a common construction substance that is used to seal joints between sheets of drywall. Prior to the 1980s, joint compound mixes contained a dangerous mixture of substances, including asbestos fibers.

While the asbestos fibers worked wonderfully as a bonding cohesive for the drywall sheets, the material had to be sanded to ensure a smooth surface. Before the 1980s, it was not commonly known that asbestos fibers were a serious health risk; so many construction workers did not have protective gear to prevent the inhalation of asbestos. The fibers that were released into the air from sanding put construction workers at serious risk of developing mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs, is caused by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers and develops slowly over several decades. Symptoms of the condition include:

  • chest pain
  • breathlessness
  • abdominal pain
  • persistent coughing
  • fluid in the chest, lungs, or abdomen.

If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos fibers and may be suffering from mesothelioma, contact your doctor immediately for an examination.

Unfortunately, some joint compounds that are still used today contain traces of asbestos. While these levels of asbestos are much lower than the levels of the past, protective masks and other gear should be warn to prevent any inhalation of the dangerous substance.

Homeowners or construction workers who are completing renovations or demolishing buildings should be aware that the joint compound and drywall found in the job site could contain hazardous levels of asbestos. Always wear a mask or other protective gear when tearing out drywall.

Employers and manufacturers who knowingly exposed homeowners and construction workers to asbestos fibers should be held legally responsible for their negligent actions. Speaking with a mesothelioma lawyer is the first step in fighting for your rights as a victim of mesothelioma. Experienced mesothelioma lawyers have the ability to gather the necessary information to build an effective lawsuit on your behalf.

To schedule a consultation with a skilled mesothelioma lawyer, contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Hart today by calling 800-781-3955.

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