Virginia Family’s Condo Covered in Asbestos

By Peter DePaolis

A Virginia family cannot access their condominium due to asbestos dust and they are blaming their landlord. Tests uncovered asbestos dust from some work done on the property while the family was out, and the family has hired an attorney. Asbestos exposure can cause serious health problems, including mesothelioma.

The problem began when the landlord hired a plumber to fix a leak in the unit. The plumber cut holes in the ceiling and walls, thereby spreading the asbestos dust throughout the condominium. Once disturbed, asbestos releases deadly fibers that when inhaled, can lead to mesothelioma. It can take decades for mesothelioma symptoms to develop, and once detected, it is often too late for treatment.

The tests revealed that asbestos is present in the plaster ceiling material in the hallway. The condominium association has notified the residents and is working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are treatment options, but a mesothelioma diagnosis is often fatal. Early detection is the best defense against mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

If you or your family suffers from symptoms related to asbestos exposure, a Northern Virginia mesothelioma attorney can help you get compensation for your injuries and medical expenses. Contact Julie Heiden, a Northern Virginia mesothelioma lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis.

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.