Exposure to asbestos in the workplace carries severe health risks, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Tennessee has been hit hard by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses due to the nature of many local industries, ranking 17th in the nation overall in asbestos-related deaths.
We provide information here to help Tennessee mesothelioma victims and their families, including what mesothelioma is and what causes it, potential asbestos exposure sources, where to seek treatment for the disease, and how you and your family can get legal help.
Mesothelioma is a deadly disease caused by exposure to asbestos. It is a form of cancer that attacks the layer of cells—the mesothelium—that surrounds the heart, lungs, and other organs. The most common form of exposure to asbestos is inhalation, which can cause disease in the lungs, known as pleural mesothelioma. Other types of mesothelioma include pericardial, affecting the heart, and peritoneal, affecting the abdominal walls. In rare cases, it may appear in other parts of the body, such as in the testicles.
Although mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive cancer, it can take years or even decades to develop after the initial exposure to asbestos. The symptoms can vary based on the type of mesothelioma, and may be mistaken for other diseases, causing a delayed diagnosis. Even when mesothelioma is caught early, though, it is frequently fatal, with a five-year survival rate of only sixteen percent for a stage 1A diagnosis. The five-year outlook for any later stage diagnosis of mesothelioma is significantly lower.
Asbestos Exposure in Tennessee
Asbestos is made of a family of naturally occurring silicate-based minerals. It is mined heavily both domestically and abroad due to its many commercial, industrial, and consumer uses. It was once thought to be a miracle material due to being fire resistant—making it a good thermal insulator—and non-conductive—making it an excellent electrical insulator. It is also cheap and abundant.
Tennessee residents typically do not need to be concerned about exposure from mining, as asbestos has never been mined anywhere in the state. However, many of Tennessee’s major industrial plants, power facilities, and paper industries have all used asbestos heavily, including the following industries:
Car part manufacturing.
Many automotive parts have been manufactured in Tennessee, and the factories that make them once used asbestos heavily. Ford and Firestone both have had factories in Tennessee that produced car parts, such as automotive glass and tires, and are known to have used asbestos in manufacturing.
Paper and wood pulp.
Tennessee has been home to some of the biggest paper and other wood pulp product companies, such as the Calhoun Paper Mill, Tennessee River Pulp and Paper, Bowater Paper Mill, and the Evergreen Packaging Company. These companies used asbestos or asbestos-bearing materials in many capacities, either as part of construction of the plants or as part of the manufacturing process.
Veterans are at particular risk for asbestos-related diseases, as the military has frequently used asbestos in construction and other projects for decades. Military sites such as the NSA Mid-South naval facility, Arnold Air Force Base, the Memphis Air National Guard Base, and the famous Oak Ridge facilities have all potentially put military servicemembers and others at risk for asbestos exposure.
Tennessee has historically been the home of many energy-producing industries, including nuclear, coal, gas, and hydroelectric facilities. The Tennessee Valley Authority, Chattanooga Electric Company, Knoxville Electric Light and Power, Bristol Gas and Electric, and other plants are all known to have used asbestos extensively due to its properties as both a thermal and electrical insulator, potentially exposing thousands of workers over decades.
Dozens of other companies or industries are known to have had locations that contained asbestos, including:
- ALCOA Aluminum
- Amoco Oil
- Chicago Bridge and Iron Manufacturing
- Olin Chemical
- Moccasin Bend Substation
- Providence Life & Accident Insurance Company
- W.R. Grace Company
- Red River Iron Company
- Bonat Nylon Plant
- Jackson Railway and Light
- Model Mill Company
Mesothelioma Treatment Center Locations in Tennessee
Although there is no cure for mesothelioma, seeking treatment may offer many benefits for patients and their families, such as increased quality of life and emotional support. There are several prominent locations in Tennessee that offer mesothelioma treatment, including:
1301 Medical Center Dr. #1710
Nashville, TN 37232
1030 Jefferson Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
6019 Walnut Grove Rd
Memphis, TN 38120
Legal Help for Tennessee Mesothelioma Victims
Mesothelioma is a fast-moving disease that leaves little time for victims to seek legal compensation in a court of law. Patients who wish to pursue legal action against a previous employer or other source of asbestos exposure should get started as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for a lawsuit in Tennessee is one of the shortest in the nation, allowing only one year from the date of diagnosis to file a personal injury suit. If a loved one has passed away due to mesothelioma, surviving family members have only one year to file a wrongful death claim. Once these time limits have passed, it will become impossible to recover any financial compensation, even for medical bills or other expenses related to the disease.
The attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault understand that mesothelioma patients and their families need help, and need help fast. We work closely with our mesothelioma clients and their families to help them get the justice they deserve, and we do it on a contingency fee basis only, meaning that there are no up-front costs—we don’t charge mesothelioma patients or their families until a settlement is made.