Louisiana has been home to shipyards, oil refineries, and more, with a long history of asbestos use in most of these industries. The National Center on Health Statistics ranks Louisiana 18th in the nation for the most asbestos-related deaths.
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Residents and workers in Louisiana have been exposed to toxic asbestos dust and fibers with 1920-1980 as the highest exposure years. Mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancers have a very long latency period. Symptoms do not become visible nor diagnosis easy till after about 30 to 50 years after initial exposure.
Construction of buildings throughout Louisiana such as residential buildings, industrial plants, factories, power plants, chemical plants, refineries, shipyards and manufacturing plants were built with thousands of asbestos-containing products and materials.
Shipyard workers, construction workers, mechanics, power plant workers, mill workers, steel workers, railroad workers, pipefitters, plumbers, Insulators, electricians, and labourer’s at work sites in Louisiana are at higher risk than the general population (because they have direct exposure) for being diagnosed with Mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease in their lifetime. Consult with best mesothelioma lawyers for a free legal advice.
Not less than 123,000 tons of asbestos shipments have been received in the state of Louisiana which has a population of 4,601,893 (2012 U. S. Census). Asbestos exposure was highest in Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, Calcasieu Parish, and Caddo Parish.
Asbestos-containing products and materials were used in all of Oregon in various ways. There were asbestos used in boilers, asbestos used electrical wiring, asbestos ceiling & floor tiles, asbestos mixed in paints, roofing materials, plumbing pipes & gaskets, attic insulation, asbestos mixed in cement, heating and air-conditioning products, car and truck brakes, asbestos tape, vinyl flooring, fireproofing materials, fireplaces, welding equipment, fire retardant clothing & gloves, drywall, fiberboard, wallboard, ovens, etc.
“…if you have enjoyed a comfortable life while working with asbestos products, why not die from it.” 1966 memo from an executive of the Bendix Corporation (now part of Honeywell)
In the 1940s, the president of Johns-Manville called the managers of another company “a bunch of fools for notifying employees who had asbestosis.” Another corporation’s representative took him to task by asking, “Do you intend to tell me you would let them do work until they drop dead?” his response was, “Yes. We usually save a lot of money that way.”
Asbestos Exposure Statistics by Top Mesothelioma Lawyers
|• Louisiana ranks 20th in the U. S. for deaths from Mesothelioma cancer.• The death mortality rate from Mesothelioma in Louisiana is 13.8 per million.
• 540 Louisiana residents in Louisiana died from malignant Mesothelioma.
• 880 asbestos-related deaths were reported in Louisiana since 1979.
• Jefferson Parish, Los Angeles has more than 189 asbestos-related deaths and more than 113 Mesothelioma Deaths.
|*These statistics on Mesothelioma and asbestos related deaths were taken from CDC (Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics), and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) and other cancer reporting sources.
Mesothelioma Facts and Statistics in Louisiana
|• More than 20 million US workers have been exposed to asbestos.
• Mesothelioma cases are reported in 9 out of every 1 million people.
• 3,000 new cases of Mesothelioma are reported each year in the U. S.
• Each year in U. S 10,000 US citizens will die from an asbestos related disease.
• 30% of U. S. Veterans will develop an asbestos-related disease in their life time.
• 1 in 125 U. S. males who live over the age of 50 will die from an asbestos-related disease.
• Experts believe 60,000 Malignant Mesothelioma deaths will occur between 2010 and 2030.
Recent Mesothelioma Verdicts and Settlements in Louisiana
|• $4.6 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
• $10.2 Million Mesothelioma Verdict: For a Paper Mill worker who suffered from pleural Mesothelioma.
• $8 Million Mesothelioma Award: For a man diagnosed with Mesothelioma. Noneconomic damages and $1.5 Million for loss of consortium.
• $4.9 Million Settlement: For a man diagnosed with Pleural Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure in workplace in Montana.
• $3.9 Million Settlement: For an Engineer exposed to asbestos on Missouri job sites.
• $2.9 Million Settlement: For an Engineer and Shipyard worker who were exposed to asbestos in Nevada.
• $1.2 Million Mesothelioma Settlement: For a 76 year old Carpenter that developed malignant Mesothelioma.
• $1.1 Million Veteran Mesothelioma Settlement: For a Navy Veteran Machinist that developed malignant Mesothelioma at age 71.
• $245,000 Asbestosis Settlement: For a Paper Mill worker suffering from Asbestosis.
• $2.5 Million Mesothelioma Settlement: For a Union Pipefitter man who died from malignant Mesothelioma.
• $2.6 Million Shipyard Worker Mesothelioma Settlement: For the family of a 72-year old Shipyard worker with Mesothelioma who suffered second hand exposure.
• $1.8 Million Mesothelioma Settlement: For a carpenter that developed malignant Mesothelioma at age 68.
• $7.5 Million Mesothelioma Verdict: For a woman that developed peritoneal Mesothelioma from laundering her husband’s work clothes.
A Mesothelioma claim is a compensation lawsuit filed on behalf of a victim or immediate family members as a result of hazardous exposure to asbestos. Louisiana Workers and Residents Have the Right to Sue Manufacturers that Exposed them to Asbestos. There are more than 30 Billion Dollars Set Aside for Mesothelioma and Asbestos-Related Cancer Victims
Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma, either of you or a loved one, is sure to open a flood gate of questions ranging from treatment to legal options. Treatment options could include which multimodal approach to adopt or whether to seek treatment in a specialist cancer center. Your legal options could be what entitlements accrue to you against the companies responsible for your exposure. Mesothelioma is a serious and deadly disease.
The American Cancer Society from a research has concluded that the average survival time for people with Mesothelioma is 4-18 months. The time to act therefore is NOW. Call us TOLL FREE Right now to talk with a live Mesothelioma counselor that can answer many of your questions and calm your frayed nerves.
The asbestos trust funds now have more than 30 billion dollars. You can benefit from this fund even if you were not the one affected, but a family member who died as a result of mesothelioma cancer. It’s important you retain the services of a mesothelioma diagnosis lawyer, that will guide you aright and secure a compelling settlement.
Filing your Mesothelioma claim within the Louisiana Statute of Limitations is MANDATORY, else you could lose your right to claim.
Unfortunately, a common trend is that families spend years grieving before realizing they could sue ‘the bastards’, and by then it might already be too late to do any thing about it. While grieving is permitted, it shouldn’t be prolonged as timely action is of the essence. The Statute of Limitations in most states in the United States is 2-3 years, however, there are some states that have a longer Statute of Limitations of up to six years. Fortunately, if you missed the Statue of Limitations, all hope is not lost as you may still be eligible for funds from some of the asbestos trust funds that go back further than Louisiana’s one year bar.
La. Civil Code § 3492 et seq. provides that a one-year statute of limitations must be strictly applied to plaintiffs who wish to file an asbestos-related lawsuit. The one-year limit starts counting from the time the illness was diagnosed. Wrongful death cases must also follow the one year rule; plaintiff (victim’s loved one) must file within a year of the victim’s actual date of death. Despite the relative shortness of Louisiana’s Statue of Limitations when compared to other states, Louisiana is actually a “pro-victim” state in many instances. For instance, a $3 million award settlement was granted in 2013 to a former mechanic in a Louisiana mesothelioma lawsuit.
Workers at Oil refinery work sites in Louisiana run the biggest risk of developing malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. The reason for the large presence of oil refineries in Louisiana is because the state is situated on the Gulf of Mexico. Most of these businesses used asbestos in lining their pipes, tanks, machinery, and equipment. The oil industry is one of the biggest businesses in Louisiana, employing the largest workforce in the state. The daily use of asbestos on the job sites subjected the workers to health risks of developing mesothelioma and asbestosis.
A not so obvious industry user of asbestos was the salt mining business, particularly the Breaux Bridge’s Cargill which used asbestos to help purify the salt. As you must’ve guessed, many workers at Cargill work sites were exposed to the harmful fibers for prolonged periods of time.
The W.R Grace & Company’s New Orleans facility was another notorious source of asbestos for the company used asbestos in vermiculite processing business. In New Orleans alone, over 140,000 tons of vermiculite was processed. Not only the company’s workers were at risk, thousands of residents and family members of workers may have also been exposed without even knowing it.
One particular story of a resident, Dr. Mike Hackler, comes to mind. During his young days, Dr. Mike worked summers at the Port of Baton Rouge, in a bid to assist himself through medical school. His daily job duty was mostly unloading asbestos and checking for contrabands hidden in the asbestos bags. Unfortunately, several years later, along with many of his former co-workers, Hackler was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
When Dr. Hackler started diagnosing his former colleagues, he knew and even made a statement that it was only a matter of time before he developed an asbestos-related disease. Close to 40 years after working at the Port of Baton Rouge, Dr. Hackler lost his battle with mesothelioma and died at the age of 60.
Unlike most other states in the nation, Louisiana has slightly more asbestosis fatalities when compared to mesothelioma. Despite the fact that asbestosis is more treatable than mesothelioma, a high number of residents die yearly from asbestosis in Louisiana.
In a study done in the 1980s comparing amphibole asbestos against chrysotile asbestos, it was confirmed that cement factory workers in Louisiana had a higher probability of developing an asbestos-related disease if amphibole asbestos was used at the job site.
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), ranks Louisiana 16th in the nation for the highest death rates for other asbestos-related deaths.
The U.S. Department Health and Human Services’ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) published that New Orleans is home to one of the sites associated with vermiculite asbestos that was shipped from Libby, Montana.
Asbestos laws in Louisiana are governed by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and were put into place to ensure safety for residents as well as job site workers who handle, remove, and dispose of asbestos.
For more information, contact the Louisiana DEQ’s Office of Environmental Service at 225-219-0789.