Paper mill employees and mesothelioma share an unfortunate relationship. Many hard-working paper mill employees have been diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the paper mill where they worked. This is especially true if they worked in a paper mill during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s and can largely be attributed to the numerous asbestos-containing materials involved in the production process associated with paper mills and the dusty environment which often carried airborne asbestos dust.

Asbestos Exposure at Paper Mills

The relationship between paper mill workers and mesothelioma can be attributed to items which contained asbestos within the mill, exposing workers to the deadly mineral. They include:

  • Specialty papers
  • The buildings in which paper mills operate.
  • Asbestos-containing dryer felts may have been used on paper machines
  • Various components of machinery used to create paper such as valves, pumps, and steam traps

These conditions are what exposed many paper mill workers to asbestos. And while all workers at paper mills are at risk of asbestos exposure, maintenance workers are the most likely to be affected and to have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you or someone you know worked at a paper mill and has developed mesothelioma, talk to one of our attorneys. Compensation may be available.


Asbestos Exposure-Paper Mills

Shepard O’Donnell brought a mesothelioma case from client intake all the way to trial in less than a year’s time. The case resolved while it was awaiting a date for jury selection to begin, obtaining a multiple seven-figure settlement for the client and his wife.


When pursuing litigation, working with an attorney who has a reputation for results, compassionate representation, and responsive communication channels is a must. The lawyers at Shepard O’Donnell have helped hundreds of clients, many of whom were workers, diagnosed with mesothelioma. Workers who were exposed to asbestos during their employment but did not become sick until years later may have the right to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.