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Wood Fiber Plaster

Wood fiber plaster is used for wall and ceiling assemblies that need a product with fire-resistant and soundproof qualities. In the past, this type of plaster was once made with calcified gypsum, wood fibers, and asbestos. This formula was commonly used because it was better for the environment than other types of plasters and it resulted in a consistency that was thick, strong, long lasting, and could easily cover a large surface.

In the mid 1960s, people became aware of the dangerous results of asbestos exposure. The mineral was then banned from being used. However, because many workers and homeowners used this product, it has left a high number of people at risk.

When inhaled, asbestos fibers can cause very serious illnesses. One of the most devastating diseases asbestos exposure can result in is a malignant form of cancer known as mesothelioma. A cancer of the lungs, abdomen, or chest cavity, mesothelioma has an extremely low survival rate, as symptoms do not appear until 30 to 40 years after exposure has occurred. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, the cancer is usually in its later stages.

If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos fibers through wood fiber plaster, either during application while the plaster was still wet or after dried pieces have broken apart, mesothelioma symptoms to be aware of are:

  • Persistent dry cough
  • Abdominal and/or chest pain
  • Difficulty in breathing and/or swallowing
  • Unexplained weight loss

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