Martin & Jones Announces Firm Is Investigating Hidden Asbestos Dangers from Phenolic Plastics

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Forest Horne at Martin & Jones announces that the firm is investigating asbestos exposure workers may have suffered while working with or around products containing phenolic plastic molding compounds. Exposure to asbestos can take years to lead to an asbestos illness like mesothelioma.

Forest Horne, a partner at the North Carolina based law firm Martin & Jones, PLLC, announced that the firm has recently become aware of potential asbestos claims that may be available to workers at various North Carolina plants that used phenolic/plastic molding compounds in the manufacturing process. A particularly carcinogenic type of asbestos was commonly used in the phenolic compounds.

According to Horne, asbestos-containing products used at these facilities may have placed workers at higher risk of contracting diseases like malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Under North Carolina law, workers who contract an asbestos disease or cancer may have workers’ compensation claims as well as claims against product manufacturers and suppliers. Martin & Jones has been helping people who contracted asbestos diseases with these types of cases for more than 30 years.

Mike Riley, an attorney who works with Horne at Martin & Jones and has been helping asbestos victims for twenty years, explained, “We learned that these plants used significant amounts of asbestos, not only for insulation on steam pipes but also in the phenolic plastic molding compounds used to make certain products. We’ve been contacted by family members of retired workers who have now been diagnosed with lung problems, including mesothelioma, related to their work at these plants.”

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lung called the "pleura," almost always caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Every year thousands of workers and retired workers are diagnosed with this disease. Learn more about mesothelioma at

Forest Horne noted, “Lots of folks don’t realize that asbestos diseases have a very long latency period. That means that a worker who was exposed to asbestos might not be diagnosed with an asbestos disease until 30 or 40 years later. Mesothelioma and lung cancer are two of these diseases, so unfortunately people are still being diagnosed today as a result of asbestos exposure in the 1960s and 70s.”

Founded in 1982, Martin & Jones is a North Carolina-based personal injury law firm with offices in Raleigh, Durham and Wilmington. A significant part of the firm’s practice has been helping workers with occupational disease claims. Martin & Jones has represented hundreds of people throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Virginia, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and Tennessee who have been diagnosed with diseases such as mesothelioma and other occupationally related cancers. Contact attorney Mike Riley or attorney Forest Horne at the Raleigh office of Martin & Jones at 800.662.1234 or visit for more information.

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