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Mesothelioma & Asbestosis

W&G Helps Clients with Asbestos-Related Diseases

The law firm of Wallace & Graham, P.A. has over 20 years experience in helping North Carolina employees who have been injured by occupational exposure to asbestos with their workers’ compensation claims as well as claims in State and Federal Courts. We have successfully represented thousands of employees to obtain their just legal benefits.

Many of the early cases handled by this firm were for people who worked in asbestos manufacturing facilities or who had heavy exposure to asbestos while working for the railroads or shipyards (where there have been an increasing number of Navy veteran mesothelioma cases occurring due to asbestos exposure.)

This was soon followed by insulators. Up until the mid 1970’s (and sometime even thereafter), insulators had day in and day out exposure to asbestos while installing asbestos insulation on pipes, tanks, valves, vessels, boilers, turbines, and the like.

Up through the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s, few insulators had any restrictions applied to them concerning the removal of old asbestos insulation. As a result, insulators would frequently go into a plant for repair work and remove miles of asbestos insulation. To continue reading, please click here


  • Larry

    Dear Wallace and Graham, 

    Just a short note to say "Thank You" for handling my asbestos case, all the work you and your staff did, the medical checks that were performed and the entire work that you all preformed on my behalf. My wife and I are very grateful to all of you! Thanks again!

  • Charles

    Thank you Wallace and Graham for a very wonderful Christmas present. 

    God Bless!

  • Paul

    Thank you so very much! Each of you guys are amazing at what yall do! Thank you! 

  • Barbara

    Thank you as always Krystal for all you do and continue to do for us! The entire office/company rocks! Very appreciative to you all. 

  • John

    I want to thank Wallace and Graham for looking out for their clients.

    Thanks Bill

  • Barbara

    Mesothelioma is a devastating disease. Wallace & Graham not only made sure my family did not have to worry about the financial burden created by the disease, but also helped us address the myriad of daily living and healthcare challenges that accompany this diagnosis. Their assistance went far beyond just dollars and cents as they provided a comprehensive support system that included access to the best healthcare available. Wallace & Graham has outstanding legal expertise and experience, but perhaps more importantly, they demonstrate true empathy and caring for their clients. 

  • Ronnie

    To the Wallace & Graham law firm, we would like to say thank you for what you have done, Mr. Pross the work you have done we would like to say a Thank You! 

    And if you can please stay in touch, Thank you all and May God truly bless you.

  • William

    I would highly recommend Wallace & Graham’s law firm to anyone needing legal assistance.  Everyone that I talked to were very understanding and very helpful in guiding me through the legal process with my worker’s compensation claim.  I especially want to express a heartfelt thank you to Michael Pross for all of his hard work and his most needed guiding advice.  In life everyone needs a guardian angel and mine within Wallace & Graham was Beth Ousley.  She made sure all of my paperwork was in order and called me often to make sure I understood what to expect next and how to fill out the needed paperwork.  “Hats off” to Wallace & Graham.  May God Bless you Beth and Michael and of course Bill Graham.

  • Donald

    Cathy WilliamsEd Pauley, Stephanie Kafitz and their support staff were superior in representing my best interest in my workers comp caseCathy and Ed were always readily available by phone to discuss any issues. I never had to play “phone tag” that is so common today.I was especially impressed with Cathy’s extensive research and follow-up with many doctors regarding the damages welding does to the eyes. Ed’s amazing knowledge of asbestosis and his “don't give up” encouragement can’t be matched!

  • Paul

    BillMona Lisa, Cathy, Stephanie and all other associates of Wallace & Graham have always treated us with the utmost caring, concern and compassion – and with our best interest at heart. We have already recommended them to others with legal needs and will continue to do so in the future.

  • Robert

    I am well pleased with Wallace & Graham who handled my case. They were so devoted, took the time and effort to get me what I deserved. I highly recommend Wallace & Graham to anyone needing legal help. Wallace & Graham is a notch above all other law firms. 

  • Wynima

    Wallace & Graham exemplify professionalism, integrity, compassion, and consistency. They took out the time to visit my dad, to explain the step by step process of his claim. My family and I, without reservations, highly recommend them for any legal matters. 

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What diseases does asbestos cause?

Asbestos is a mineral that can get into the lungs and cause lung disease and cancer.  When asbestos scars the inside of the lungs, the disease is called “asbestosis”.  It is incurable.  It may get worse over time and can be fatal.  Asbestos also causes cancer.  Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused only by asbestos exposure.  In addition, asbestos may cause various types of cancer including lung, esophagus, larynx, stomach and colon, as well as other diseases.

How do I know if my cancer or disease was caused by my employment?

Some diseases are easily traceable to the employment.  However, some diseases are not so easily traced to the employment.  The only way to know for sure if your disease or cancer was caused by the employment is to seek the opinion of a medical expert.

What is Mesothelioma?

In basic medical terms, mesothelioma is a rare cancer in which the cells of the mesothelium (a membrane that covers and protect most of the internal organs of the body) become abnormal and malignant.

How rare is the disease?

About 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year. Mesothelioma is a rare disease that is almost always linked to asbestos fiber and dust exposure.

Which type of mesothelioma or asbestos cancer have you been diagnosed with?

Although it is technically a single membrane, parts of the mesothelium have been given different names in relation to the internal organs they surround. For instance, the part surrounding the lungs and lines the wall of the chest cavity is called the pleura; the membrane surrounding the abdominal cavity is the peritoneum and the part of the membrane that covers and protects the heart is known as the pericardium.

Mesothelioma cancers associated with these parts of the membrane include:


What are the medical options for treatment?

Treatment of mesothelioma may vary depending on the type, its aggressiveness and other factors. However, a combination of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy is used in most cases. Duke University Medical Center in Durham North Carolina is a leading Medical Center helping victims of this disease caused by asbestos exposure.

For a free case evaluation, please call our law offices directly or contact us online. An experienced attorney will be available to discuss your potential lawsuit, answer your questions and address any other concerns you or your family may have.

Is asbestos exposure the cause of Mesothelioma?

Currently in North America, asbestos exposure is believed to be the only known cause of mesothelioma. No other causes have definitively been linked to the disease as yet.  Mesothelioma victims either worked directly with asbestos-laden products in their occupation; worked in an environment such as a shipyard, textile industry, other industrial environments or worked as pipefitters, welders, papermakers, asbestos product manufacturer’s and where asbestos exposure is likely; or they lived with someone who carried asbestos fibers into the home on their work clothing.

While many are aware of the dangers posed by the widespread use of asbestos in American industries during the 20th century and the exposure risk for workers, few people realize the dangers of secondary exposure to bystanders and those who are exposed in the home to the harmful asbestos dust from the their family who worked in or around asbestos dust.

Even the simple act of taking the family car to work, sweeping the laundry room floor or bringing contaminated work clothes home to be washed can expose family members, friends and others to asbestos. Secondary exposure poses the same risks as primary exposure, including asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is actually a term that has been given to a group of six different, naturally occurring mineral fibers. The natural resistance this group of Asbestos fibers has to both heat and fire, and their reluctance to conduct electricity — made asbestos one of the mostly widely used commercial substances of the 20th century.

The problem is that asbestos fibers separate from one another easily and are hundreds of times thinner than human hairs. As a result, they become airborne easily and are inhaled into the lungs of anyone who happens to be nearby.

How does asbestos affect the human body?

When asbestos fibers are inhaled, ingested or in rare cases, absorbed through the skin, they can become lodged in airways, lung tissue or the mesothelium membrane. Over time non-cancerous forms of asbestos-related disease such as asbestosis, or the more deadly asbestos cancers such as pleural mesothelioma may result.

How is there asbestos exposure in the workplace or your home?

People who were routinely exposed to deadly asbestos fibers in the workplace during the product's most widespread period and whose family may also have been exposed by secondary exposure from these high-risk workers include:


  • Construction/Remodeling workers
  • Electricians
  • Welders
  • Roofers
  • Plumbers and pipe fitters
  • Shipyard employees
  • Railroad employees
  • Papermakers and Paper Mill workers
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Maintenance Workers
  • Boiler Mechanics
  • Insulations Installers
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Factory Workers
  • Military personnel and defense contractor employees
  • Refinery workers
  • Chemical plant employees
  • Foundry workers
  • Mechanics
  • Boilermakers
  • Valve and Pump Repairmen
  • Others