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Asbestos Products - What You Need to Know from an Experienced New York City Asbestos Injury Attorney

Until the late 1970s, asbestos was used in many, many building products. While the naturally occurring substance has been in use for thousands of years, it became a central part of commercial product manufacturing in the United States around the time of the industrial revolution in the 1800s. Scientists and doctors began seeing a link between inhalation of asbestos fibers and asbestosis and cancer in the early 1900s. As the evidence of the dangers of asbestos was becoming clearer, manufacturers continued to use the substance and put workers at risk.

Today, people who were exposed to asbestos between 20 and 50 years ago are starting to show symptoms of asbestos-related illness. And it's not just the worker who is at risk of asbestos cancer. A spouse or children of the worker may have been exposed when the worker came home with asbestos dust on his clothes. Serious conditions such as mesothelioma (a form of cancer) and asbestosis (a lung disease linked to the inhalation of asbestos particles) can be debilitating. If you or a loved one is showing mesothelioma symptoms or suspect your illness is related to asbestos exposure, visit your doctor immediately.

Find Out How an Asbestos Exposure Lawyer in New York City Can Help

You also should not hesitate to contact an asbestos injury lawyer in New York City. Call (800) 692-3717 for a free consultation. We are experienced occupational illness attorneys who put experience and resources to work for clients. We have a track record of getting clients the results they need and deserve.

What Are the Most Common Types of Asbestos?

Chrysotile (also called “white asbestos”) is the most commonly used form of asbestos. It’s obtained from serpentine rock and has a curly, flexible fiber structure. The second most common type of asbestos is amosite (also called “brown asbestos”). This is obtained from amphibole rock. Its structure contains straight and rigid amphibole fibers.

Less commonly used forms of asbestos include crocidolite (blue asbestos), anthophyllite asbestos, tremolite asbestos, and actinolite asbestos.

What Products Contain Asbestos?

The list of products with asbestos is lengthy and numbers in the thousands. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the following are some of the most common products that contained asbestos:

  • Cement Pipes
  • Elevator Brake Shoes
  • Cement Wallboard
  • HVAC Duct Insulation
  • Cement Siding
  • Boiler Insulation
  • Asphalt Floor Tile
  • Breaching Insulation
  • Vinyl Floor Tile
  • Ductwork Flexible Fabric Connections
  • Vinyl Sheet Flooring
  • Cooling Towers
  • Flooring Backing
  • Pipe Insulation (corrugated air-cell, block, etc.)
  • Construction Mastics (floor tile, carpet, ceiling tile, etc.)
  • Heating and Electrical Ducts
  • Acoustical Plaster
  • Electrical Panel Partitions
  • Decorative Plaster
  • Electrical Cloth
  • Textured Paints/Coatings
  • Electric Wiring Insulation
  • Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels Chalkboards
  • Spray-Applied Insulation
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Blown-in Insulation
  • Roofing Felt
  • Fireproofing Materials
  • Base Flashing
  • Taping Compounds (thermal)
  • Thermal Paper Products
  • Packing Materials (for wall/floor penetrations)
  • Fire Doors
  • High Temperature Gaskets
  • Caulking/Putties
  • Laboratory Hoods/Table Tops
  • Adhesives
  • Laboratory Gloves
  • Wallboard
  • Fire Blankets
  • Joint Compounds
  • Fire Curtains
  • Vinyl Wall Coverings
  • Elevator Equipment Panels
  • Spackling Compounds
  • Chlorine Bleach

What You Should Know About Asbestos Products

Asbestos is still used today in products such as brake pads, clutches, roofing materials, vinyl tile, cement piping, home insulation, and other building materials. Due to strict regulations, products today must contain no more than 1 percent asbestos.

For a free consultation with a New York City asbestos injury lawyer, call (800) 692-3717 or contact us online. We can discuss your legal rights and examine your options. You can afford to hire a prominent New York City asbestos product injury lawyer, because we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay us nothing unless we win. Talk to us today and see how we can help you or your loved one get the compensation and closure you deserve.