Mona Lisa began the asbestos practice representing asbestos insulators and plant workers. Up until the mid-1970s (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 1980s and into the 1990s, 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.
Working adjacent to the asbestos insulators were the carpenters, electricians, painters, riggers, and others. As the practice evolved, so did the number of workers who came to Mona Lisa for her help. In 1993, Bill joined the practice and they have represented tens of thousands of asbestos-exposed individuals exposed working in numerous occupations and facilities. Because of the latency period for asbestos (i.e. the time from when the exposure occurs until the disease manifests) is from 10 years to 50 years or more, often our clients develop two diseases at different intervals in time. Initially, the clients develop asbestosis, an interstitial scarring of the lung, and subsequent as late as years later, are diagnosed with one or more asbestos related cancers, the most fatal of which is mesothelioma. Family members have also been sadly diagnosed from household diseases. W&G works hard to educate our clients about the need for medical monitoring and early detection of diseases.
A leading case involving household exposure in the U.S. is Satterfield vs. Alcoa, in which Mona Lisa and co-counsel Greg Coleman represented the young daughter of an Alcoa boiler worker who was diagnosed at age 22 with mesothelioma. Tennessee’s highest court in that case defined and broadened the civil remedies available to families whose loved ones are unknowingly exposed to asbestos and who suffer from household exposures.
The firm has represented individuals exposed to asbestos from all types of unforeseen exposures. We have represented hundreds of employees and supervisors working at facilities as employees or contractors for large companies including: Duke Energy Corporation, CP &L, Dupont, Alcoa, Weyerhaeuser, Fieldcrest Cannon, Celanese, Continental Tire, Champion Paper, International Paper, Bowater, Dayco, General Electric, Johns Manville, Raybestos, UNARCO, and many others.
The firm has represented many of the asbestos insulators and tradesmen who unknowingly worked in facilities with or around asbestos exposing themselves and others including family members. These workers include employees of Daniel Construction, North Brothers, Standard Insulation, Covil Insulation, Guy M. Beatty, Piedmont Insulation, and many others.
Bill Graham has represented many Navy and other military victims who were exposed during various stages of their military service especially while working in the boiler rooms aboard ships at sea. He is currently representing asbestos disease victims arising out of talc exposures arising from work with various processes in which powder or talc was used which unknowingly contained asbestos. In several cases we have represented bowlers who were exposed to asbestos talc, hairdressers and others who unknowingly used powders with talc that contained deadly asbestos.