Part of Capitol Closed to Public Due to Potential Asbestos Issue

By Peter DePaolis

Prior to 1980, asbestos was regularly used as insulation in buildings. Many other building products also contained asbestos, including fireproofing products, spackling compounds, tiles, roofing materials, ductwork and elevator equipment.

Research has definitively proven that exposure to asbestos causes serious health conditions, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Even the United States Capitol buildings were not exempt from the use of asbestos, although its dangers to human health have long been understood.

Just this month, areas of the Capitol building were closed to the public after an asbestos removal project created what is known as a “potential release” situation.

The House of Representatives’ side of the building was a prominently affected area. Action on the House floor was postponed after news of the “industrial accident” was relayed to Congress.

Certain areas of the Capitol remain closed, particularly the East Grand Staircase from the first floor to the third; all other areas of the House Side of the Capitol returned to normal operations, including tours of the Capitol Building.

If even our nation’s top elected officials are not safe from the dangers of asbestos exposure, imagine how many millions of Americans could be at risk of the same thing. We feel strongly that building owners and construction companies must be held accountable for their negligent acts. Every building should be checked for asbestos, particularly our older structures.

What to Do after Possible Asbestos Exposure

If you have been exposed to asbestos, consult your doctor right away. Explain your situation and describe any symptoms you have. Early detection can be the key to treating mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related illnesses.

There are many laws in place to protect those who have been exposed to asbestos. If you have been exposed, it is important that you contact an experienced asbestos lawyer to assist you. For more information, or to discuss your rights, contact Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. today.

Did You Know? The first documented death related to asbestos was all the way back in 1906.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.