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Vinyl Wallpaper

Vinyl is a tough but flexible material that was often used to make wallpaper. In the mid 1900s, to make this product even stronger and have the ability to withstand high temperatures, asbestos minerals were frequently added.

In the 1970s, the harmful affects of exposure to asbestos became widely known and it was not long before it was banned. However, because wallpaper was a very popular and efficient way to decorate homes and offices, many people were exposed to the toxic substance. Asbestos inhalation may have occurred when the paper was being glued to the walls, if it was ripped, or when it was torn down.

Asbestos exposure can result in many dangerous diseases. One of the most deadly is mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that forms in the mesothelium of the lungs, chest, or abdomen. It is almost always fatal because its symptoms do not begin to show until 30 to 40 years after the time of exposure. By then, it has advanced to the late stages of the disease and is near impossible to cure.

Symptoms of mesothelioma to look out for are difficulty in breathing or swallowing, persistent dry cough, unexplained weight loss, and pain in the chest or abdominal areas. Though these symptoms may be the result of another health condition, if you believe you have been exposed to asbestos you should contact your physician.

If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos as a result of handling or being involved with Vinyl Wallpaper, 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.