West Virginia Mesothelioma
At The Throneberry Law Group, we offer aggressive and engaged support for people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma. As a graduate of Marshall University’s Masters program, our principal attorney has in-depth knowledge of the state of West Virginia. He also understands just how devastating a mesothelioma diagnosis can be because he lost his father-in-law to the disease.
Our law firm has helped many victims impacted by mesothelioma obtain the compensation they deserve, including individuals in Beckley, Charleston, Clarksburg, Fairmont, Huntington, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Weirton, and Wheeling.
The Centers for Disease Control report that 423 West Virginia residents died from mesothelioma between 1999 to 2015, which is a higher than average mesothelioma rate. The state's Hancock and Woods counties have the highest mesothelioma death rate. While many West Virginia residents are likely to encounter asbestos on a daily basis, workers who are engaged in the coal mining, power plant, manufacturing, and oil refinery industries are at increased risk of being exposed to asbestos and contracting fatal cancer as a result.Asbestos Exposure at West Virginia Power Plants
For many years, power plants in West Virginia relied on asbestos due to the material’s heat and fire-resistant qualities. As a result, before the 1980s, asbestos was used in many pieces of machinery including boilers, pumps, and valves. Many of these machines still remain at power plants. Some of the power plants in West Virginia where workers were exposed to asbestos include Manville Powerhouse, Moundsville Powerhouse, and Will Island Power Plant.West Virginia Oil Refineries and Asbestos Exposure
Oil refineries also historically depended on asbestos to reduce the risk of fires. One of the oil refineries in West Virginia where workers faced asbestos exposure is Shell Oil Refinery, which is located in Parkersburg.Asbestos Exposure at West Virginia Steel Mills
Steel mills have played an influential role in West Virginia’s economy, and all of them have utilized asbestos for many purposes over the years. Some of the locations where steel mill workers risked asbestos exposure are Wheeling-Pittsburg Steel Corporation and Weirton Steel.West Virginia Chemical Plants and Asbestos Exposure
The chemical industry also relied heavily on asbestos for many years before learning about the material’s deadly nature. Some of the locations in West Virginia where workers were exposed to asbestos include:
- Analine Chemical
- Charleston Chemical Factory
- Union Carbide
West Virginia business and residential buildings have contained asbestos for decades, resulting in a number of people being exposed to the deadly material. While asbestos is not dangerous unless it is moved, if disrupted in any way, its fibers can become airborne and inhaled by bystanders. There are rarely immediate signs of this exposure. Instead, the only indication that exposure to asbestos has occurred is the mesothelioma diagnosis that comes years, sometimes decades, later.Speak With an Experienced Mesothelioma Lawyer
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, our attorneys understand just how many challenges you may face. We do our utmost to ensure that you obtain compensation from the responsible party. If your condition has left you unable to travel, we will come to you. We do not ask for any legal fees up front. Instead, we only collect a fee when we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. Contact our law office today by calling (888) 506-1131. You can also schedule an initial consultation online.