Occupational Asbestos Exposure

A majority of the mesothelioma cancer cases we have litigated at Brayton Purcell LLP occur in the workplace. We represent all types of employees, including factory workers, shipyard employees, and other primary exposed workers. We also handle cases involving secondary asbestos exposure.

Brayton Purcell LLP is a premier law firm staffed by trial attorneys, administrative professionals and investigators dedicated to maximizing compensation for victims and their family members. We have litigated and settled multimillion-dollar cases, setting verdict records in California, Washington, Oregon, Utah and other states throughout the country.

Exposed Workers

At our firm, we are committed to helping employees who have been exposed to asbestos on the job. This includes employees in a range of fields, such as:

Insulators Insulators, laggers, asbestos workers or any other people who worked extensively around asbestos insulation, are especially at risk for the development of an asbestos related disease. Common products that insulators worked with are: asbestos pipe covering, asbestos block insulation,asbestos containing cement,asbestos lagging, asbestos cloth, or Zonolite Attic Insulation.

If you handled insulation products that contained asbestos, it can lead to life-threatening mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.

BoilermakersBoilers built prior to 1990 may contain asbestos, and working on those boilers can lead to serious injury.

Shipyard workers and veterans — Asbestos was an inexpensive insulator used in shipbuilding, commonly used around boilers, turbines, engines, valves, other equipment, and steam pipes, asbestos insulation becomes air borne during simple routine maintenance. Those who were involved with the building or maintenance of ships typically breathed high doses of airborne asbestos. If you work on ships, you may have been exposed to asbestos. Similarly, veterans of the Navy or Merchant Marines may have been exposed.

Refinery workers — Asbestos was commonly used to insulate pipes in oil refineries. If you have worked in a refinery, you may have been exposed to this hazardous material.

Automobile mechanics — There was extensive use of asbestos in brake pads and shoes, as well as asbestos clutch discs and linings. For auto mechanics and shade-tree mechanics (do-it-yourselfers), the danger from asbestos resides in asbestos fibers becoming airborne during brake, clutch, and gasket installation, removal, blowout, cleanup and inspection. Older vehicles may have components with asbestos that can cause life-threatening injuries to mechanics who work with these auto parts.

Drywallers/plasterersDrywall and plaster materials installed prior to 1978 may have contained asbestos.

Construction workers — Asbestos products were used extensively in both home and commercial construction. Fireproofing, insulation, joint compounds, plaster and patching compounds are just a few of the commonly used products that contained asbestos. If you have worked as a construction worker, you are at high risk for developing an asbestos-related disease.

Plumbers and pipefitters are also at risk for asbestos exposure. Exposed through asbestos laden cement pipes, gaskets and packing, and deteriorating asbestos insulation and pipe covering. There are a wide range of products that pipefitters and steamfitters work with that contain asbestos.

Factory workers — Those who manufactured products that contained asbestos were exposed to high levels of this toxic material as a factory worker.

We can help you understand current OSHA standards and procedures for asbestos exposure in the workplace. Our attorneys can also assist you with a workers' compensation claim if you have suffered injuries as a result of exposure.

Experienced in Secondary Asbestos Exposure Claims

A seemingly harmless household chore can have deadly consequences. The work clothes of a spouse, brother, father or grandfather exposed to asbestos require laundering. Large amounts of dust from damaged or "friable" asbestos covered their clothing. Without knowing, they came in contact with their children upon arriving home. A family member would attend to washing those dirty and quite deadly clothes.

A household chore of handling or shaking the dust off work overalls was anything but harmless. Without ever entering a factory or asbestos manufacturing plant, the constant inhalation of the fibers in the home led to a mesothelioma diagnosis decades later.

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