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W.R. Grace

Workers exposed to asbestos

The asbestos company W.R. Grace was founded in Peru in 1854. The operations of the company were later moved to New York. They manufactured sealants, fireproofing materials, cement, and many other asbestos products. In 1963, W.R. Grace purchased the Zonolite Company, which enabled them to extend their line of products to insulation compounds. This newly created division also sold and distributed the mineral known as vermiculite. For almost 40 years, starting in 1938, W.R Grace used asbestos in some of their products. They were mainly endangering the lives of insulators and construction workers who were required to interact with these products.

Asbestos Screening

W.R. Grace employees exposed to asbestos

After purchasing a vermiculite mine and a processing mill nearby Libby, Montana, the company began manufacturing up to 200,000 tons of vermiculite every year, which was contaminated with significant amounts of asbestos, as asbestos occurs in close proximity to vermiculite in the earth. For this reason, workers were heavily exposed to asbestos, as they were not required to wear appropriate protective equipment on the job. The occupations at highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of the asbestos exposure which occurred at W.R. Grace are miners, plumbers, insulators, shippers, operators, millwrights, and construction workers. However, veterans may also have been exposed to asbestos products manufactured by W.R. Grace, particularly those who served in the U.S. Navy. In addition to vermiculite, these were the most common asbestos products manufactured by W.R. Grace during the last century.

Thousands of W.R. Grace employees began suffering from terrible diseases after 1980

If you developed one of the following diseases as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. You will not need to come to our law firm, as the entire legal process will unfold over the phone and via e-mail. Furthermore, 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 one of the following diseases as a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure, you will have to travel to Birmingham, Alabama so that you can undergo asbestos screening, which entails our medical experts examining your most recent chest X-ray, as well as blood and breathing tests to assign you a correct diagnosis, as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.

Asbestosis Pulmonary Fibrosis Pleural Plaques Pleural Effusion Diffuse Pleural Thickening COPD Emphysema Chronic Bronchitis Pleurisy Lung Nodules Lung Spots Asthma Tuberculosis Pneumonitis Histoplasmosis Rounded Atelectasis Lung Scarring Bladder Cancer

Secondary asbestos exposure, a serious concern for the family members of W.R. Grace workers


While on-the-job asbestos exposure is accountable for the vast majority of the 15,000 deaths which occur every year in the U.S. due to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis, over 8% of asbestos victims become ill as a consequence of secondary asbestos exposure. By inhaling some of the carcinogenic fibers a loved one would often carry home on their work clothes, numerous people inadvertently put their health at stake. Regrettably, a considerable portion of those who underwent secondary asbestos exposure, either by interacting with a W.R. Grace employee who just returned home from the job or by laundering their work clothes, have subsequently been diagnosed with severe diseases which often ended up claiming their lives.

Having a former W.R. Grace worker in your family places you at high risk for asbestos-related diseases, whose most important particularity in this context is their long latency period. Therefore, if you have a type of pulmonary disease or a form of cancer that might be related to asbestos, as well as a family member who worked at W.R. Grace before 1980, you are very likely a victim of secondary exposure. With nearly three decades of experience in asbestos litigation, our lawyers are here to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve from the company’s asbestos trust fund. Since there is a statute of limitations effective for asbestos exposure cases, we strongly encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience so as to ensure your asbestos claim is submitted on time.

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 life 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.

Payment percentage

Claim Valuation for Mesothelioma

180,000 Scheduled
225,000 Average
450,000 Maximum

Claim Approval Criteria for Mesothelioma

Diagnosis Requirements

Physical Exam
Pathology

Causation Statement Requirement

Latency and Exposure Requirements

Latency 10 years
Company Exposure prior to 19831 day
Occupational Exposure prior to 19831 day