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Sheet Metal Workers Asbestos Exposure

Have You Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma After Working with Sheet Metal?

The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) was formed in 1985 to study the mortality patterns of sheet metal workers in the United States and Canada. From 1986 to 2004, the SMOHIT conducted an exhaustive study on over 17,000 individuals who spent more than 20 years in the industry. The findings of this study were that “statistically significant excess mortality was observed for pleural cancers, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.” All of which are directly related to asbestos exposure.

Contact our office today to discuss filing an asbestos exposure lawsuit with a knowledgeable New York asbestos lawyer.

Who is Responsible for Your Exposure to Asbestos?

If you have been exposed to asbestos, someone is more than likely responsible for the continued presence of the toxic substance. However, even when working with typical materials or within a regular workplace, many individuals have the potential to be responsible for a victim’s losses. The following parties should be considered as possibly liable in your case:

  • Employer
  • Contractors or contractor employees
  • Other employees or coworkers
  • Parts or equipment manufacturers
  • Owner or renter of the premises
  • Visitors to the location
  • Third-party companies hired for upkeep or other procedural maintenance

Other parties can also play a role in your exposure to asbestos, so we recommend you work with a lawyer to receive invaluable support. The Williams Law Firm can analyze all possible scenarios, rule out unlikely parties, and hold those liable accountable for your losses. You deserve to be treated fairly and receive fair compensation for your damages, and the first step is determining who is responsible. Please feel free to contact us if you want to retain legal support.

Asbestos Exposure

Sheet metal workers may have suffered asbestos exposure while fireproofing ductwork from the 1940s through part of the ‘70s. However, exposure was not stopped even after the spraying of asbestos was banned in 1973.

Asbestos may be found in the insulation of older ventilation systems as well as in building materials that are often disturbed when repairing, renovating, or removing ductwork.

Asbestos may be found in older buildings, particularly in:


When disturbed, tiny asbestos particles are released that can be inhaled. Once inhaled these particles can stay in the system for decades, often showing no signs of harm for 30 to 50 years after exposure.

What are Signs and Symptoms of Exposure to Asbestos?

While there are many indications that someone might have been exposed to asbestos, some are more common than others. Some signs of exposure include the following:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Abnormally wide or round fingertips
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Chest pain
  • Dry coughing
  • Cracking sounds in the lungs while breathing, indicating dryness

If you notice any of these signs, we encourage you to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Symptoms appear more commonly after long-term exposure, but your doctors can help ensure that damage is mitigated and aid you during the road to recovery. If you need help finding a trustworthy practitioner to support you in this challenging time, you can speak with an asbestos exposure attorney from The Williams Law Firm. We can provide referrals and other helpful resources that will benefit you.

How Can an Asbestos Exposure Lawyer Help You?

Whenever anyone is involved in legal matters of any kind, we strongly recommend they work with an experienced attorney who can provide the necessary support. We suggest you work with an asbestos exposure lawyer serving your area, as this will ensure that your representatives have the experience required to handle your case quickly and confidently. An attorney will be able to speak on your behalf, complete legal paperwork, communicate with other parties and insurance companies, and much more.

When you work with a lawyer from The Williams Law Firm, you save yourself from experiencing unnecessary stress. Instead, you gain the opportunity to relax and focus on medical care and recovery, which is far more critical. Please refrain from representing yourself during these legal matters, as self-representation often results in reduced compensation. A lawyer can ensure you are represented fairly, maintain the value of your case, and mitigate mistakes and risks related to loss.

We encourage you to reach out to us at your earliest convenience, as this is an excellent way to ensure your representative has sufficient time to focus on your case. Adequate opportunities for collecting evidence, building arguments, and understanding your needs will help ensure you obtain fair compensation. This can also make it much easier to move through legal matters faster and more efficiently. Please don’t hesitate to speak with The Williams Law Firm to schedule your free consultation with a qualified and experienced attorney.


Sheet metal workers exposed to asbestos have a right to seek compensation following the diagnosis of an asbestos-related illness. Attorney Joseph Williams is a proven New York asbestos trial lawyer who knows how to help victims of these illnesses get full compensation. He welcomes an opportunity to meet with you free of charge to discuss your case and your rights, and help you determine the best way to get the compensation you are due.


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