Louisiana Mesothelioma Attorneys and Asbestos Cancer Resources (LA)
Louisiana (LA) Asbestos Information:
Between 1980 and 2000, the population of Louisiana increased by only a bit over 5%, from around 4.2 million to 4.5 million. During that time, there were nearly 700 recorded deaths from asbestos diseases such as asbestosis or mesothelioma.
Because of Louisiana’s location at the junction of two major waterways on the Gulf Coast, maritime industries have flourished here. In addition, oil drilling and refining are prominent industries in the state. Also, there are eight major power generation plants in the state.
All three of these industries are known for exposing their employees to large amounts of asbestos fiber, most unintentionally though some through willful negligence.
Avondale, Bollinger and Higgins are three of the largest shipbuilding and marine repair facilities in the state; prior to its decline during the 1980s, Todd, a major marine equipment manufacturer based out of Seattle, also had a presence in Louisiana.
Because of a tragic cruise ship fire off the coast of New Jersey in 1935, asbestos insulation was used throughout the construction of sea-going vessels as well as those that navigated the nation’s river systems. The result was almost as tragic: shipyard workers and Navy veterans are among the most likely to contract asbestos diseases.
As asbestos is most frequently used for its fire-resistant characteristics, it was also used quite often in the construction of all types of power generation facilities. Steam generators, pipe fittings and conduits are frequently coated in a W.R. Grace & Company product called Monokote; despite corporate claims that the substance was “asbestos-free,” it actually contained 12% asbestos fiber by content up until 1973. Even today, 1% of Monokote is made of asbestos fiber, and because of today’s laws dealing with content disclosure, it can still be marketed as “asbestos-free”.
A recent study done in Puerto Rico showed that 13% of power plant workers showed “abnormalities” in chest x-rays.
Even in its crude form, petroleum is highly flammable. As a result, asbestos is found almost everywhere in oil refineries and drilling facilities. Ironically, some exposure came from the very clothing and equipment designed to protect workers, including fireproof jackets and gloves; when these became ripped or worn, asbestos fibers would be released into the air.
Thirteen petroleum processing plants, including operations owned and operated by BP Amoco, Citgo, Shell Oil and Texaco, have been identified as asbestos exposure sites in Louisiana.
Asbestos Cement Plants
A 1987 study of various cement plants in Louisiana showed elevated rates of cancer among workers at plants where amphibole asbestos was used compared to those at chrysotile plants. Chrysotile was predominantly used from about 1960 onward.
Louisiana’s asbestos deaths show a pattern that is unusual when compared to the rest of the nation; the numbers of deaths from the asbestos disease asbestosis and the asbestos cancer mesothelioma are almost equal. Asbestosis numbers are in fact actually higher than those for mesothelioma.
If you are interested in filing a Louisiana mesothelioma lawsuit you should know that Louisiana, like most other states has a statute of limitations for personal injury claims. Determining when to start the measuring of that time also varies from state to state so you may be best served by contacting a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible after a diagnosis is made. Wrongful death cases may also have a statute of limitations and the same or different rules for determining when to begin measuring. Whether or not your action is limited by statute, you may still be eligible to present claims to bankruptcy trusts that have billions of dollars for victims of asbestos.