Baton Rouge Mesothelioma Attorney
Louisiana depends heavily on the petroleum industry. The companies in this industry use significant amounts of asbestos in their manufacturing and other facilities. The risk of large fires and plant explosions is significant, to say the least. Asbestos does not conduct heat, making it seem like the ideal insulator for oil tanks, pipelines, and vats. Shipbuilders also used asbestos in their products to reduce the risk of on-board fires.
Asbestos is also deadly, and although these companies knew about the substantial health risks as early as 1899, that knowledge didn’t stop them from using this cheap substance.
The experienced Baton Rouge mesothelioma attorneys at the Throneberry Law Group routinely handle asbestos exposure cases on a nationwide basis. However, we focus on individual families, just like yours. We take the time to build a strong, evidence-based claim, whether you have a direct or indirect exposure claim. Then, we lay out all your legal options, including the pros and cons of each one. Then, once we get started, we do not stop until we obtain maximum compensation.Asbestos Exposure Hotspots Near Baton Rouge
Asbestos exposure risk in Louisiana did not stop at petroleum facilities. Some highly at-risk work locations in the Baton Rouge area include:
- Calumet Refineries,
- Placid Refinery,
- Louisiana Superdome,
- Avondale Industries,
- Marathon Refinery,
- Bollinger Shipyards,
- Higgins Shipyard,
- Motiva Norco Refinery,
- Conrad Industries,
- Johns Manville,
- Dow Chemical,
- Calcasieu, Conoco, Exxon, Citgo and Valero Refineries, and
- W.R. Grace Exfoliation.
The Libby, Montana-based Grace Company shipped hundreds of thousands of tons of asbestos-laced vermiculite to manufacturers throughout the country. When the government finally indicted company officials on criminal charges, one prosecutor said the damage the company inflicted may have been the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history.At-Risk Victims
A Baton Rouge mesothelioma lawyer can obtain compensation for both direct and indirect asbestos exposure victims. This compensation normally includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages are usually available in these matters as well.
Industrial workers, shipbuilders, office workers at industrial companies, and sailors are the most common direct exposure victims.
These individuals knew many of the risks they took. Sailors knew about the risk of onboard fire and miners knew about the risk of tunnel collapse. However, these workers did not know about asbestos exposure risk. Therefore, they often didn’t wear complete PPE (personal protective equipment) that covered their entire bodies.
Individuals who lived with these workers were at risk for indirect exposure. 200,000 microscopic asbestos fibers can fit on a penny. A single fiber could cause mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Since many workers were not fully aware of the exposure risk, they often unwittingly carried asbestos fibers home on their clothes or on their vehicles.
All these victims normally have legal options, including workers' compensation claims, VA disability claims, civil lawsuits, and victim compensation fund claims. A good Baton Rouge mesothelioma lawyer always carefully explains your legal options, including the pros and cons of each alternative.Connect With a Baton Rouge Mesothelioma Lawyer
Industry helped build Louisiana, and industry killed many Louisianans. For a free consultation with an experienced Baton Rouge mesothelioma lawyer, contact the Throneberry Law Group. Virtual, home, and after-hours visits are available.