Before its hazards were known, asbestos was frequently used as insulation in pipes that were part of heating and cooling systems. This can be particularly dangerous as piping is an air delivery system in many buildings. It was also commonly used in the piping of ships during World War II.
Asbestos was a widely used product for insulation because it was inexpensive, could withstand high heat temperatures, and could be molded into almost any shape.
However, despite some of its advantageous features, if asbestos fibers are inhaled, there is a high risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. One of the most lethal results of exposure is a diagnosis of mesothelioma, a cancer of the mesothelium of the lungs, heart, or abdomen.
Those who were involved in the manufacturing of asbestos pipe insulation or have lived in homes or worked in buildings with the material should be aware of the risk of exposure.
Unfortunately, there are no early symptoms of mesothelioma as it does not develop until 30 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos has occurred. However, if you believe you have been exposed, be aware of the following symptoms:
If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos as a result of handling or being involved with Pipe Insulation, and if you think such exposure may have caused you or your loved one to become ill with mesothelioma or any other form of asbestos related disease, please contact the lawyers at Clapper, Patti Schweizer & Mason for more information.