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The paper mill workers were put in direct contact with the asbestos fibers, dangerously increasing the risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses. The plants where these people worked used raw asbestos as an important ingredient for their products. One of the steps in the production of paper was the drying of the pulp. The workers had the pulp placed on drying machines that would spread around excess asbestos-containing material.
When the dryer felts needed to be replaced, the new felts were cut by hand and fitted - another process that posed a major threat to the workers’ health.
Not only the people involved in the production were put in danger, but also the workers that had to repair and do maintenance work on the machinery. By cutting, sanding or removing parts of the machines, asbestos dust was produced and its particles spread around these factories.
Asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma or asbestosis were the result of the asbestos exposure these paper mill workers had to go through. The risk of developing these diseases was not limited to the workers but their families could easily inhale the poisonous fibers brought home on clothes and body.
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We also represent the close relatives of paper mill workers that handled asbestos and are now sick or have passed away.
Diseases Contracted after Asbestos Exposure in Paper Mill Workers
As yet another occupational group that handled asbestos directly, without appropriate protective equipment, paper mill workers are now at great risk of receiving a dire or even life-threatening diagnosis. While asbestos fibers mostly affect the lungs, they can reach other organs in the body as well, such as the stomach or the kidneys, as they can easily travel through the bloodstream. If your job involved working in a paper mill before 1980 and you are now experiencing symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath, we advise you to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
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Asbestos Products Paper Mill Workers May Have Been Exposed To
Because paper mill workers handled asbestos directly, people who had a job in this industry before the 1980s are at high risk of developing a serious disease. Asbestos dust would often pollute the air in paper mills, as it was not uncommon for dryer felt equipment and pulp rollers to contain asbestos. When these devices were in use, asbestos fibers were released into the air due to friction. Insulation represented a health danger as well. The maintenance and repair of machinery also entailed a high risk of exposure.
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1. Must have been diagnosed within the past 3 years (misdiagnosis is extremely common, ask for second and third opinions and a new diagnosis if you have been diagnosed prior to the 3 year statute of limitation)
2. Must be a veteran or industrial worker and have a work history with products that may have contained asbestos (you could have worked with these products and not knowing that they contained asbestos, check our high-risk occupational asbestos exposure jobs and also our asbestos products page to identify them)
3. Immediate eligibility for anyone diagnosed with the following lung cancer, bronchial cancer, esophageal cancer, throat cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer
4. If you are a navy veteran or was an industrial worker and suspect you have the asbestos fibers but you are receiving a different diagnosis we will need you to travel to Birmingham, AL to accurately test you and see if you are eligible