Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is one of the most difficult situations a person can face. Many victims are unsure about how to proceed. One of the best first steps to take if you or a loved one receives a mesothelioma diagnosis is to speak with an experienced and compassionate attorney at The Throneberry Law Group. Behind our deep understanding of the condition’s devastating nature is a principal attorney who lost his own father-in-law to the condition.
While we practice throughout the country, some of the victims that we have helped in Michigan include individuals who live in Ann Arbor, Clinton, Dearborn, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Sterling Heights, and Warren.
The Centers for Disease Control report that Michigan has an above-average mesothelioma death rate. Between 1999 to 2015, over 1,500 Michigan residents died from the condition.While all Michigan residents are at risk of being diagnosed with mesothelioma, workers who are engaged in the automobile, steel, shipbuilding, power plant, and oil refinery industries are at particular risk. All workers in the state, however, including electricians and school teachers are at risk of being diagnosed with asbestos-related cancers. Workers at Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Moorehead, Kellog's in Battle Creek, and Parke-Davis pharmaceuticals in Lansing are also at significant risk of having been exposed to asbestos.Asbestos Exposure at Detroit Automobile Plants
Michigan is home to Detroit, "the motor city" and center of the automobile industry since the turn of the 20th century. For many years, automobile plants relied on asbestos due to the substance’s durability and heat resistant qualities and utilized the material in a variety of motor vehicle parts including brake linings and clutches. In the early 2000s, numerous asbestos related lawsuits were filed against Detroit automobile plants including Daimler Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. In response to these numerous claims, Michigan even created a special docket for mesothelioma victims.Michigan Power Plants and Asbestos Exposure
Much like automobile plants, power plants relied on asbestos for years due to the substance’s heat resistant abilities. Some of the power plants in Michigan were workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos include:
- Bay City Power
- Conventional Powerhouse
- Kalamazoo Power
- Stevensville Atomic Powerhouse
- St. Claire Powerhouse
- Palisades Nuclear Power Plant
- Midland Nuclear Power Plant
- Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant
- Enrico Nuclear Power Plant
- Cooks Nuclear Power Plant
- Rush Island Powerhouse
While Michigan does not have a particularly large oil industry, the state does have numerous distribution hubs and oil refineries. For many years, oil companie,s much like power plants, relied on asbestos due to the material’s ability to resist flames and heat. Some of the oil refineries in Michigan where workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos include the following:
- Citrin Oil Company
- Consolidated Oil
- Lakeside Refining
- Sunoil Refinery
- Marathon Oil
Michigan is next to three of the Great Lakes and has a healthy shipbuilding industry. Many people are aware that asbestos was placed in a large number of ships before it was discovered that exposure to the substance could cause cancer. Asbestos was also placed in a number of pieces of heavy machinery used at shipyards including turbines and gaskets. Some of the shipyards where individuals are known to have been exposed to asbestos are Defoe Shipbuilding Company and Eldean Shipyard.Asbestos Exposure at Michigan Steel Mills
Michigan is home to a countless number of metalwork shops and steel mills, which provide products to the automobile industry. Because steel mills involve great degrees of heat and flames, asbestos was once commonly used in the industry to prevent the spread of fires. One of the sites in Michigan were workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos include Mcleod Steel Foundry, which is located in Flat Rock.Michigan Chemical Plants and Asbestos Exposure
Before the 1980s, the chemical industry used large amounts of asbestos due to the substance’s ability to resist high levels of heat. One of the chemical plants in Michigan were workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos is the Muskegon Chemical Plant.Exposure to Asbestos by Michigan Residents
Not only are there nine natural asbestos deposits and mines in Michigan, there are also many buildings and structures that contain asbestos from when the substance was commonly used in a variety of construction materials including floor tiles and wall board. Some of the buildings where asbestos is known to have been used include the University of Detroit and River Rouge Stadium.
Asbestos is not dangerous unless it is moved or disturbed. Once asbestos is disrupted, however, its fibers come loose and are at risk of becoming lodged in the lining of a person’s abdomen, heart, or lungs.Speak With a Compassionate Mesothelioma Lawyer Today
A mesothelioma diagnosis is often life-changing. As a result, our law firms is committed to making sure that your process of obtaining compensation proceeds as smoothly as possible. If you are left unable to travel due to your condition, our attorneys will meet you at your home, hospital room, or wherever is convenient. We also understand that many mesothelioma patients are faced with large medical bills, which is why we do not ask for any money unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. Contact our law office today by calling (888) 506-1131. You can also reach us online to schedule a free initial consultation.