Because Michigan is the center of the automobile industry and has other major businesses associated with the Great Lakes, many residents throughout the state were exposed to deadly asbestos at their jobs or in their homes.
Asbestos was widely used in consumer goods and at workplaces until the early 1980s, when its cancer-causing properties were revealed. Unfortunately, asbestos exposure put workers and their families at a higher than normal risk of developing mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. From 1999 to 2013, 1,573 people in Michigan died from this disease.
If you or a loved one has this disease, our experienced mesothelioma attorneys are here to aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve from an employer or other negligent party that caused your illness.
Dangers of Asbestos in the Auto Industry
Because of its heat-resistant and insulating properties, asbestos was widely used in automobile manufacturing, and these workers had the greatest risk of daily exposure to asbestos. Brake linings, gaskets, and clutches are just a few of the parts utilizing the material.
Not only were workers on the production line at risk, but also auto mechanics, construction workers, and other individuals who built or repaired the facilities or machinery. Companies with manufacturing or buildings that put people at risk include:
- Continental Motor Company
- General Motors
- Hudson Motor Car Corporation
Steel Mills in Michigan Where Asbestos Was Used
There are a number of steel mills, foundries, and metal working shops that supported the auto industry in Michigan. Because of the high-heat utilized in melting and molding steel, asbestos was a common material in protective gear, machines, and other products. Some of the plants where workers suffered asbestos exposure include:
- Detroit Gray Iron Foundry
- Great Lakes Steel Mill
- Mcleod Steel Foundry
- Michigan Steel Foundry
- National Steel
Michigan Shipyards Known for Asbestos Exposure
One of the industries where asbestos was most widely used throughout the country is shipbuilding. Because it's divided and surrounded by the Great Lakes, Michigan has the largest inland coastline. As a result, many shipyard employees, construction workers, repair staff, and military personnel handled asbestos, or frequented environments where it was prevalent, such as boilers, insulation, turbines, pumps, gaskets, and cement.
Two sites where employees may have been exposed to this toxic substance include Defoe Shipyard and Eldean Shipyard.
Power and Nuclear Plants That Endangered Workers
As in other states, thermal power plants and nuclear power plants in Michigan heavily utilized asbestos due to its heat- and fire-resistant properties. Some of these facilities where workers were exposed include:
- Bay City Power
- Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant
- Bridgeman Nuclear Plant
- Central Michigan Light and Power Company
- Cooks Nuclear Power Plant
- Detroit Edison
- Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant
- Kalamazoo Power
- Midland Nuclear Power Plant
- Northern Michigan Electric Cooperative
- Palisades Nuclear Power Plant
- St. Claire Powerhouse
Other Industries Linked to Asbestos
Workers in these Michigan industries are at risk of developing mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure:
- Citrin Oil Company
- Consolidated Oil
- Dow Chemical Company
- General Mills
- Marathon Oil
- Post Cereal Company
- Ralston Purina
- Sunoil Refinery
Medical Treatment for Mesothelioma in Michigan
If you're diagnosed with mesothelioma, you're in the fight for your life because of the aggressive nature of this cancer. Fortunately, you have a number of good treatment options in the Wolverine State.
Some of the top medical centers where you can receive quality medical care include:
- Ann Arbor Hematology Associates P.C. in Ypsilanti
- University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor
- Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit
- Marquette General Cancer Center in Marquette
Some physicians who treat mesothelioma in Michigan are:
- Dr. Shirish Gadgeel and Dr. Gregory Kalemkerian at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Dr. Ayman Soubani at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
- Dr. Adam Lackey and Dr. Craig Stevens at Beaumont Hospital
- Dr. Richard Berri at Van Elslander Cancer Center
Joining a support group can be a way to get the emotional support you need when coping with this devastating disease. You may find a cancer support group through the one of the medical centers listed above or another treatment center where you receive care.
Because mesothelioma is a rarer form of cancer, you may need to join an online support group to connect with others. Two online groups to consider include the Mesothelioma Foundation and the Mesothelioma Guide Facebook page.
Retain an Experienced Mesothelioma Attorney
Receiving medical care for your illness is your first priority, but you also want to retain an experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible. He can assist with your claim for compensation against your employer or other negligent party. According to Michigan’s statute of limitations, which is the deadline that you have to file your civil lawsuit, you have just three years from the date of your diagnosis; or three years from a family member's date of death due to mesothelioma.
Three years may seem like a long time, but remember, legal proceedings take a while. You'll strengthen your case if you contact an attorney soon after receiving your diagnosis, because he'll be better equipped to guide you through the process of filing your claim; gather necessary evidence to prove your right to compensation; and to negotiate your settlement. Our experienced legal team understands how devastating a diagnosis of mesothelioma can be. We're committed to obtaining the justice you deserve.
If you need us to come to you to discuss your legal options, we're happy to do this. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you won't owe any upfront attorney fees. Our fees are paid out of your settlement or award at a jury trial.
To learn more about why we are the right attorneys for you, contact us online or call us directly at 318.588.6303 or start an online chat to schedule your free initial consultation.