The entire process of preparing the walls for painting is a very important part of a painter’s job. Painters remove old layers of paint, which might contain particles of asbestos. After this is done, the wall needs to be sanded, and have plaster and spackle applied to it. During this process, the worker is exposed to asbestos dust and asbestos-containing products.
These tasks will put the painter in danger because the asbestos particles can be easily inhaled even with protective gear on and this can result in harmful and sometimes deadly asbestos-related diseases.
Due to the fact that these diseases – mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis – have a long latency period, the symptoms usually show up when it is already too late for the doctors to treat your condition.
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The companies that exposed painters to asbestos are the following:
Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in painters
If you are diagnosed with a cancerous disease, you or a family member will deal with our staff over the phone and via emails ONLY, no need to travel at all. If you pass away before or during the process, surviving family members will receive the amount awarded by the claims.
If you receive the diagnosis of a noncancerous disease, we will need to do more testing (X-rays, breathing and blood tests) done at our medical facility in Birmingham, Alabama, where you will be accurately diagnosed.
During the past century, it was not uncommon for finely ground asbestos fibers to be added in paint in order to enhance its fire resistance and strength. Before applying new layers, painters would often have to prepare the walls by removing any preexistent product. By sanding old layers of paint, particles of asbestos would be released in the air and the risk of inhaling them was quite high. Other asbestos-containing products painters might have come in contact with are gypsum, spackling, plasters, textured coating and caulk.
How can we help painters who were exposed to asbestos?
Due to their extensive latency periods, the effects appear at a much later time (in some cases, 30 to 40 years may pass) but then it will be too late for you to have an effective treatment option available. Contact us in order to get your examination and diagnosis early.
We can handle the bureaucracy for you in order to file claims for your exposure to asbestos and get you and your family compensated for the suffering you go through. Our attorneys, who specialize in asbestos exposure cases, will file a claim with the asbestos trust funds of the companies which were responsible for your diagnosis. If you were a painter in the military and were exposed to asbestos during your service, we will also seek compensation from the VA.
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