Maryland Mesothelioma Attorneys and Asbestos Cancer Resources (MD)
Maryland (MD) Asbestos Information:
The state of Maryland is fifth in terms of population density; this state, approximately the size of the E.U. country of Belgium, is home to 5.6 million. Between 1980 and 2000, the state’s population increased by 25%. During that same period, asbestos disease accounted for over 1,000 deaths in that state. Roughly two people in 10,000 succumbed to asbestos disease, over half of whom were in the Baltimore area (city and county).
This figure is somewhat higher than the nation at large. It is also noteworthy that over 60% of these fatalities were due to asbestosis rather than mesothelioma. The latter is a rarer condition, and is invariably fatal; most patients diagnosed with mesothelioma die within 18 month of diagnosis.
Maryland is ranked 16th in the U.S. for malignant mesothelioma cases. With a mesothelioma mortality rate of 12.52 per million, Maryland has a crude mortality rank of 24th in the country. Among the sites that have been identified as having a high asbestos exposure risk are: Nuclear Power School in Bainbridge; Curtis Bay Coast Guard in Baltimore; Basco Power Electric in Basco; the University of Maryland Stadium in College Park; Glen Burnie Powerhouse in Glen Burnie; Luke Paper Company in Luke; Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby; and Bethlehem Shipbuilding in Sparrows Point. Anyone who has spent time in these areas will want to be checked by a physician and will want to keep track of any unusual symptoms. It is important to keep in mind, however, that these may not be the only sites in the state which may have exposed workers and visitors to asbestos.
In Maryland, lawsuits arising from asbestos exposure are far from rare. In July 2007, three families were awarded $3.97 million in what attorneys predict will be the first of hundreds of like cases. The families of three former Bethlehem Steel workers sued General Electric in Baltimore Circuit Court because the mills used asbestos-lined industrial brakes in equipment. The three men named in the lawsuit passed away fromlung cancer before the case was brought before the courts.
It is important that the patient diagnosed with mesothelioma or their family hire a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible after this diagnosis. Not doing so could cause this important deadline to be missed and potential compensation no longer available. The plaintiff must have knowledge, either implied or express, of the injury in order to trigger the running of the statute of limitations.
There is no specific statute about asbestos. However, there is a specific ruling related to wrongful death suits. The statute of limitations on all personal injury wrongful death suits is three years from date of death unless caused by occupational disease, in which case the statute of limitations is the shorter of 10 years from death or three years from time the cause of death is discovered. A Maryland appellate court ruled that a widow’s wrongful death action was timely if she was unaware that asbestos exposure was the cause of her late husband’s pleural mesothelioma.