James River Corporation

Workers exposed to asbestos

As a pulp and paper company, James River Corporation was once the largest paper manufacturer in the world. The company was founded in 1969 and was headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. It was the result of Brenton Halsey and Robert Williams purchasing Ethyl Corporation’s Specialty Papers Division. James River Corporation acquired the Dixie division of American Can Company in 1982. In 1998, Halsey and Williams, the founders of the business, were inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame, which speaks volumes about how renowned their company was. Unfortunately, people who had a job at the company were exposed to asbestos significantly, which means that they are now susceptible to developing a serious disease. If you have already received a diagnosis related to occupational asbestos exposure, we advise you to call our legal team, as you are most likely entitled to compensation.

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James River Corporation employees exposed to asbestos

During the last century, the usual sources of asbestos exposure in a paper mill were dryer felts, gaskets, and insulation. Interestingly, asbestos paper products were not manufactured in paper mills, but they were made on traditional paper mill equipment. Paper mill workers would mostly be exposed to asbestos from the machinery and equipment they would use to make the products. Another group of employees at risk of asbestos exposure on the job in paper mills refers to maintenance workers, who had to inspect and repair the machinery containing asbestos. Because pulping, paper making, and boiler operations would entail extreme heat, asbestos was the go-to material to insulate pipes and valves, which maintenance workers frequently encountered.

These are the workers James River Corporation exposed to asbestos during the last century, directly or indirectly:

People who had a job in a paper mill could also be exposed to asbestos during the different stages of paper manufacturing. Talc was used as a paper additive in the bleaching and refining process, a mineral that is nearly always contaminated with asbestos. The employees would also come in contact with asbestos during the drying process, where asbestos dryer felts or fabrics were used to improve the production of high-speed paper machines. Anyone working in a paper mill during the last century may have been exposed to asbestos to a certain extent, as the mineral was present in building materials, such as industrial adhesives, pipes, and ceiling tiles.

Asbestos related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.

Secondary asbestos exposure, a serious concern for the family members of James River Corporation workers

If you had someone among your family members who was employed at James River Corporation and you lived in the same house, chances are you were secondarily exposed to asbestos. Secondary asbestos exposure occurs when you inhale or ingest asbestos from indirect sources. The primary source of asbestos exposure when it comes to secondary asbestos exposure was the work clothes of paper mill employees. Since they were not required to change their garments at the end of the day, they would bring home asbestos dust on their clothes, unintentionally exposing their families to the deadly mineral.

Usually, their wives would inhale asbestos fibers when laundering their clothes, whereas their children would come in contact with asbestos dust when greeting and hugging their fathers. If you lived under the same roof as a former James River Corporation employee and struggle with a disease that may be related to asbestos exposure, please feel free to contact our attorneys, as they specialize in toxic exposure. To get the compensation you deserve for your suffering, all you have to do is call us, explain your situation, and send us a series of basic documents, such as your medical records. If we find that you are eligible to file a claim, our attorneys will begin working on it, and you will eventually benefit from the money you are entitled to.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

Regrettably, many victims of occupational asbestos exposure pass away without having recovered the compensation they were eligible for. Nevertheless, if one of your family members passed away due to a disease caused by workplace asbestos exposure, you can now file a wrongful death claim on their behalf, which will result in financial compensation. Although the sum of money you will receive will not be as large as it would have been if your departed loved one had filed a claim, it may still prove useful for costs such as funeral expenses and past medical expenses.

To initiate the legal process, you just have to give our legal team a call, explain your situation, and send our experts the employment and medical records of your deceased family member along with their death certificate. These documents will help our attorneys determine whether you qualify for filing a wrongful death claim. If you do, they will rapidly begin working on it, while our legal experts will pull out additional evidence from our vast database to ensure the most favorable outcome for your case. In the end, you will benefit from the money you are entitled to if you choose to work with our law firm.