If you're a Maryland resident diagnosed with mesothelioma, it can be a catastrophic event for you and your family. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that develops in the tissue lining of the lungs, heart, abdomen, and testicles.
It's caused by exposure to asbestos, which can be ingested when its tiny fibers become airborne.
Asbestos was widely used at workplaces and in consumer products in Maryland from the late 1950s through the early 1980s because of its low cost, strength, and heat-resistant properties.
Once the cancer risk was identified, asbestos use became more limited. However, the symptoms of mesothelioma can take 20–50 years to develop, which means the cause of your disease may be due to asbestos exposure at a job decades ago. In addition, your family members may have also been exposed to harmful levels of the material if you brought home asbestos on your clothes—a common occurrence before the dangers of asbestos were known.
If you or a loved one has mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation from the employer or other negligent party responsible for causing your illness.
Workplaces in Maryland Where Workers Risked Asbestos Exposure
Maryland has an average death rate from mesothelioma of about 8.1 people per million on an annual basis. Unlike many other states, Maryland has a large number of natural asbestos deposits—more than 20 of them. At least four of these deposits were mined in the past.
The highest concentration of mesothelioma diagnoses are around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore due to shipbuilding and other industrial operations. Annapolis, Cumberland, Curtis Bay, Hagerstown, and Sparrows Point are also cities where workers may have been exposed to asbestos.
Some of the highest risk jobs include:
- Shipbuilding. Shipbuilding and related jobs put workers at high risk of asbestos exposure due to its use in the majority of the ship’s components. Shipyards in cities along the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay are an important industry in Maryland. Bethlehem Steel, Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, and Newport News Shipyards all used the material. Workers at Curtis Bay Coast Guard Shipyard, Key Highway Shipyard, and Sparrow’s Point are also in danger of having been exposed to this toxic substance.
- Power plants. Asbestos material was incorporated in wiring and other components due to its ability to prevent fires and explosions at power plants in Maryland. Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant was especially dangerous. Basco Power Electric, Potomac Electric Company, and Glen Burnie Powerhouse are also known worksites where employees were exposed to asbestos and at risk for mesothelioma.
- Military sites. Unfortunately, military bases and academies in Maryland put students, military personnel, and civilian workers in danger of developing cancer. The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Army Corporation of Engineers in Aberdeen, and the Naval Propellant Factory in Indian Head are known to have endangered those employed or studying there.
- Higher education. Maryland is home to many beautiful, older college campuses. However, they were built with products using asbestos, and students and employees in these buildings as well as those repairing them may be exposed. The University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and Maryland State College are a few of the colleges known to have asbestos problems.
Other people who may become ill with mesothelioma from their jobs in Maryland include:
- Construction workers
- Tile installers
- Chemical factory workers
- Sheet metal fitters
- Steel mill workers
- Flooring installers
- Tile installers
Mesothelioma Treatment Centers in Maryland
If you or a family member live in Maryland and have mesothelioma, you're fortunate to have a number of excellent treatment centers in the state. If you need to travel from where you live to one of them, you may be entitled to travel expenses reimbursement as part of the compensation reward.
Here are some of your treatment options in Maryland:
- National Cancer Institute. Located in Bethesda, this is one of the top cancer research centers in the country, including for mesothelioma.
- Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Founded at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, it's both a medical and research center. It offers leading edge treatment for mesothelioma patients.
- University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. This thoracic oncology center is also located in Baltimore and specializes in the treatment of mesothelioma and other diseases caused by asbestos exposure.
There are also a number of physicians at these cancer treatment centers who specialize in the research and treatment of mesothelioma. Doctors you may want to consider include:
- Dr. Raffit Hassan at the National Cancer Institute
- Dr. Julie Renee Brahmer and Dr. Stephen Yang at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Dr. Joseph Friedberg at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
- Dr. Peter Hausner at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
Maryland’s Statute of Limitations: An Important Deadline
You may be entitled to compensation from your employer or another negligent party if you have mesothelioma. However, you only have a certain deadline, also known as the statute of limitations, to file your lawsuit. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time period, you most likely won't be permitted to file your complaint and pursue your right to compensation.
In Maryland, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of your diagnosis of mesothelioma—or if a loved one died, three years the date of his death. You should contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney well before these deadlines for assistance in pursuing your legal rights.
Contact Us for Help Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve
If you or a family member has mesothelioma and live in Maryland, our experienced mesothelioma attorneys are here to investigate the cause of your illness and pursue your claims for compensation against all negligent parties. We'll take over the burden of fighting for the justice you deserve so you can focus on your medical treatment.
We take these cases on a contingency fee basis. You won't owe any upfront attorney fees because we're only paid when we settle your case or win it at a jury trial. If coming to us is a hardship, we're happy to come to you to discuss your situation and legal options.
To start learning about your next steps and how we'll aggressively fight for your rights, contact us online or call our office directly at 318.588.6303 today to schedule your free consultation.