A mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating news for patients and their families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2,579 people died from malignant mesothelioma during 2015. Mesothelioma is a particularly dangerous form of asbestos-related cancer impacting the heart, lungs, stomach, and other organs, and the average life expectancy for patients diagnosed with mesothelioma is only 12 to 21 months. Because this cancer develops slowly, symptoms may not surface until many years after the initial exposure to asbestos, allowing the cancer to spread silently throughout the body.
Asbestos is a has been used by many companies and industries in products, in manufacturing parts and materials, and for insulation. When this small, fibrous mineral is disturbed, it can fly through the air to be inhaled by workers. Many Indiana employees exposed to asbestos decades ago are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma.
While there aren’t any naturally occurring asbestos deposits in the state, many Indiana businesses have imported and used asbestos for decades. As a result, between 1999 and 2013, Indiana reported almost 900 asbestos-related deaths. The state has a number of industries that have been associated with asbestos exposure. The frequency of mesothelioma cases is highest in the northeastern part of the state, due to the manufacturing and industrial facilities in the area. Many of the steel producers serving Illinois-based manufacturers are found in Indiana, along with automotive manufacturers, chemical companies, electrical companies, and energy companies. If you’ve worked for any of the following Indiana companies, you may have been exposed to asbestos and are at risk for developing mesothelioma:
Automotive industry. Indiana manufacturers in the automotive sector that are known for using asbestos include: Delco Remy, General Motors, Chrysler Corporation, BF Goodrich, Cummins Engine, Ford Motor Company, and General Tire and Rubber Company.
Energy companies. Oil and gas businesses that have used asbestos include: Texas Gas Transmission, Texaco, Mobil Oil, Sinclair Refining Company, Midwestern Gas Transmission, Amoco Oil, and Standard Oil.
Steel producers. The Indiana steel industry has a number of companies that have utilized asbestos, including: Bethlehem Steel, Midwest Steel, Inland Steel Company, Interlake Steel, and U.S. Steel.
Manufacturers. Many Indiana manufacturing companies have used asbestos, including: Anaconda Wire and Cable, Container Corporation, Alcoa Aluminum, REA Magnet Wire Company, Snider Sheet Metal, Owens Corning, Essex Wire Corporation, National Can Corporation, Paranite Wire and Cable, Kimble Glass, and Owens Illinois Glass.
Electric companies. There are a number of electric companies known for using asbestos in the state of Indiana, including: Anderson Municipal Power, Northern Indiana Power, Indiana Michigan Electric, Logansport Municipal Utilities, Indiana Power and Light, Kentucky Indiana Electric, Hoosier Energy, Indianapolis Power and Light, and Merom Power Plant.
Chemical companies. Chemical companies that have used asbestos include: Olin Mathieson, Dana Heavy Water Plant, DuPont, The Linde Group, Central Nitrogen Incorporated, Commercial Solvents, Chemico, National Starch and Chemical, Reilly Tar and Chemical, Carbide and Carbon Chemical, and Union Carbide.
Mesothelioma Treatment and Support
If you’ve been given a mesothelioma diagnosis, it demands the expertise of experienced cancer treatment professionals. For Indiana residents, the top healthcare facilities for the treatment of mesothelioma include:
The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Cancer patients from around the world have traveled to this facility for treatment, since it is one of the best cancer research hospitals in the United States. Nasser H. Hanna, M.D., is a member of Indiana University’s Thoracic Oncology Program—a team devoted to the treatment of mesothelioma patients.
Franciscan Health Cancer Center Indianapolis. This facility has nationally recognized cancer specialists. They provide consultations for patients wishing to confirm a previous mesothelioma diagnosis and those looking for the best treatment options available. Michael T. Slaughter, M.D., is an oncologist specializing in the treatment of lung, colon, and breast cancer.
Columbus Regional Health Cancer Center. This cancer center performs nearly 12,000 chemotherapy and radiation treatments each year for virtually all forms of cancer, including mesothelioma. The center’s continuous care model allows a single team of healthcare workers to support the patient throughout his entire treatment and recovery process. Kevin McMullen, M.D., is an experienced oncology specialist at this facility.
Counseling and support. A mesothelioma diagnosis can be emotionally devastating, both for the patient and his family. Support groups put mesothelioma patients in touch with others who can empathize with the stress caused by a cancer diagnosis. Talking with other patients and families who have faced similar struggles can provide a sense of relief and create lasting bonds that help people cope. There are a few groups throughout the state of Indiana dedicated to providing counseling and support, and they may be reached via these facilities:
- Cancer Support Community in Indianapolis - 317-257-1505
- Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie - 765-751-1449
- Cancer Resource Centre in Munster - 219-836-3349
- The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis - 888-600-4822
Contact Our Experienced Mesothelioma Attorneys
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lost a loved one to this cancer, you must act quickly to protect your rights. Indiana has a 2-year statute of limitations on these claims. This means, you have 2 years from the date of your diagnosis to pursue a personal injury claim or 2 years after the death of your loved one to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The experienced attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can provide you with the representation you need in order to receive the compensation you deserve. We represent our clients on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t be required to pay for our legal services until we have successfully settled your claim. Since our fee is based on a percentage of your settlement, we will provide the representation you need at no upfront cost to you.
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