Kentucky Mesothelioma Attorneys and Asbestos Cancer Resources (KY)
Kentucky (KY) Asbestos Information:
The Bluegrass State is yet another one that has no natural deposits of asbestiform minerals. Virtually all asbestos exposure in Kentucky as been occupational, occurring at oil refineries, natural gas plants, power plants and the chemical industry as well as the construction trades.
What About Construction?
From the late 19th century up until the 1980s, numerous asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used in building construction. These products included fireproof shingles, asbestos wallboard, acoustic tiles, flooring, insulation and ceiling texture, among other products. Despite the recent passage in the Senate of S.742, the “Ban Asbestos in America Act,” there are still some 3,000 products still manufactured and sold in the U.S. containing asbestos (assuming that the Act becomes law, it won’t take full effect until 2010).
Construction fields such as renovation and demolition involve substantial risk of exposure to “friable” asbestos as these ACMs are damaged. As there is no shortage of historic and aging buildings in the state of Kentucky, it is likely that most who work or have worked in construction have suffered some degree of asbestos exposure.
Those interested in filing a Kentucky mesothelioma lawsuit or hiring a Kentucky mesothelioma lawyer should know that the statute of limitations for personal injury law in Kentucky is only one year with a discovery rule that states that this amount of time begins when the problem (in this case the mesothelioma) either was discovered or should have been discovered. Wrongful death lawsuits are also limited to the one-year statute of limitations with this one year beginning at the date that the injured party appointed a personal representative to handle the matter. If there was no personal representative appointed by the mesothelioma victim, then the statute of limitations runs out two years from the date of death. Kentucky has no specific statutes about asbestos.