Kaiser Gypsum Company

Workers exposed to asbestos

The Kaiser Gypsum Company steamed from the mind of Henry J. Kaiser, an entrepreneur that entered the business field in 1923. From a sand and gravel plant, Kaiser ventured into shipbuilding and later into the housing industry. Due to the limited products like plaster and wallboards found on the market, in 1952, he founded the Kaiser Gypsum Company. After his retirement, the company was sold several times – in 1978 to Domtar and in 1996 to Georgia Pacific. The naturally occurring mineral known as asbestos was used by Kaiser in the company’s building supplies, even though Kaiser might have known the dangers of its toxicity as early as 1952.

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Kaiser Gypsum Company employees exposed to asbestos

During the last century, Kaiser Gypsum Company made use of asbestos in large amounts, as the mineral has numerous convenient properties, such as excellent resistance to fire, electricity and a wide range of chemicals. Furthermore, it was also very cheap at the time. Joint compound, a spreadable building material whose purpose is to cover the gaps between adjacent pieces of drywall, was perhaps the product Kaiser Gypsum Company was mostly renowned for. The product contained asbestos from 1953 to 1975 and was sold under multiple names, such as Kaiser Gypsum Dual Purpose Joint Compound and Kaiser Gypsum One-Day Joint Compound. The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of exposure to the asbestos products of this company are:

Nevertheless, the company would manufacture other construction products as well during the last century, including cement and drywall. In the meantime, Kaiser Aluminum was producing metal for various industries. Besides the individuals who directly partook in the manufacturing of toxic materials, the following occupational groups were also at risk for asbestos exposure: construction workers, drywall tapers, hardware store employees, masons, supervisors, hod carriers.

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.

If someone in your family was employed at Kaiser Gypsum Company, you might have also been exposed to asbestos

Secondary asbestos exposure, also known as domestic exposure, takes place when one breathes in or swallows asbestos fibers without being nearby the source of pollution. Unfortunately, it was a very common occurrence among the families of Kaiser Gypsum Company workers during the second half of the last century, as executives were not very preoccupied with the safety of workers, to say the least. Thus, the small asbestos fibers employees were surrounded by in the facilities they worked would linger on their clothes, which they were not required to change before returning home. While women would usually come in contact with asbestos when laundering their husbands’ work clothes, children would inhale toxic fibers upon greeting their fathers. Since handling asbestos was a regular task at Kaiser Gypsum Company, it would not take long before carcinogenic fibers accumulated in the bodies of family members.

Today, 10% of asbestos victims have never touched the mineral themselves. It is important to know that, if you were subjected to secondary exposure and have subsequently developed a disease which is associated with it, you have the legal right to seek financial compensation for your injury. A lawyer with vast experience in asbestos cases will be of invaluable help in this regard, as they have the necessary resources and knowledge to assist you, as well as a well-trained, professional legal team who can speed up the process considerably. Our law firm has been dealing with asbestos cases since 1990 and has recovered more than $1.5 billion for clients whose health was compromised by exposure. Regardless of the circumstances of your exposure, we strongly advise you to contact us and we will strive to obtain the most satisfactory results for your case.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

The surviving family members of a worker who developed a disease as a result of occupational asbestos exposure but has not taken legal action during their lifetime are also eligible for compensation. With over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure and their family members, our attorneys will help you recover the money you deserve on behalf of your loved one. While it is very complex, the legal process requires minimal involvement on your part, as the majority of the aspects, such as the claim and the documents which must accompany it, will be efficiently handled by our legal team. If you have a family member who lost their lives to a disease that was caused by workplace asbestos exposure, do not hesitate to contact our law firm for quality legal assistance. It is important to know that, because we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not have to pay anything unless we recover compensation for you.