Asbestos / Mesothelioma Lawyer Malden, Boston

Products Containing Asbestos

Asbestos has been used in a wide variety of commercial products and construction materials, many of which are still in use today despite laws restricting asbestos use and requiring existing asbestos-containing products to be phased out. Despite safety regulations, many people are still at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma. A lawyer from Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, representing clients from Boston, Malden, and all of Massachusetts, can help if you or a loved one develops asbestos-related health problems. We will pursue compensation aggressively so you get every dollar to which you are entitled for your illness.

Asbestos in Construction Materials

Asbestos is resistant to both fire and electricity, making it a useful construction material. It is also cheap and abundant. For these reasons, it was used heavily in construction until the 1970s, when its use was heavily restricted. However, many buildings still standing today contain dangerous levels of asbestos, making construction one of the most at-risk professions for ongoing asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. Each lawyer at our firm has represented many individuals who fell sick due to inadequate safety measures on construction sites that contributed to asbestos exposure.

Common asbestos-containing products on construction sites include:

  • Joint compound
  • Vinyl materials, including floor tiles and sheeting
  • Adhesives, caulking, and sealants
  • Roofing materials, including tars, felts, and shingles
  • Transite-based products, including panels, countertops, and pipes
  • Fire doors and other fireproofing products
  • Housing insulation
  • Pipe and wiring insulation
  • Paint
  • Ceiling tiles

Workers in close contact with these materials, particularly during demolition and retrofitting operations, should be very careful to take appropriate safety precautions, including using respiration equipment. If you were exposed to asbestos, putting you at risk of developing mesothelioma, speak with a lawyer and get examined by your doctor as soon as possible. It is important to be screened for asbestos buildup as well as serious conditions such as lung cancer and asbestosis. The earlier you begin treatment, the more effective it is likely to be.

Asbestos-containing construction materials can also be hazardous to homeowners - especially those doing remodeling work. If your home was built in the years before asbestos was restricted, you should proceed very carefully. Do not saw, tear, or break any material that could contain asbestos, as this can introduce asbestos fibers into the air. Concerned individuals can send samples of potentially contaminated materials to the Environmental Protection Agency for testing and analysis.

Asbestos in Consumer and Other Products

Many products containing asbestos were produced and marketed even after it was known to be hazardous. Though most of these products are not in active production or use today, many are still in existence, creating a potential contamination hazard. Some of the most prominent include:

  • Cigarette filters
  • Duct tape
  • Hair dryers
  • Crock pots
  • Cork board
  • Fertilizer
  • Textiles
  • Ironing board covers
  • Popcorn poppers
  • Clothing
  • Yarn
  • Fume hoods
  • Packing materials
  • Clay

If you own or use any of these products, or did in the past, you may be at risk of developing asbestos-related health problems, and the products' manufacturers may well be responsible.

Contact a Mesothelioma / Asbestos Lawyer  

For decades, irresponsible companies profited from products that put their customers and their employees at risk of developing life-shortening illnesses, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. An asbestos lawyer from our firm, working on behalf of Boston and Malden, Massachusetts residents, can help you seek compensation from these companies if you have been exposed to unsafe levels of asbestos. Contact Rodman, Rodman & Sandman today to speak with an attorney about your case.