Asbestos has been used by numerous companies throughout the state of South Carolina for decades as a common component of various pieces of equipment, insulation, and construction materials. When materials containing asbestos are disturbed, nearby workers may inhale the airborne fibers. This asbestos exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that often spreads silently until it has reached an advanced stage. Since symptoms may not surface for many years, or even decades, mesothelioma victims frequently face a short life expectancy after diagnosis. Tragically, patients have an average life expectancy of only 12 to 21 months following their mesothelioma diagnosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,579 people died from malignant mesothelioma during 2015 alone.
Many South Carolina employees who were exposed to asbestos decades ago are now coping with a mesothelioma diagnosis. South Carolina has eight known asbestos deposits, located in the mountainous areas of the state. Due to decades of asbestos use, 533 residents of South Carolina died from mesothelioma between 1999 and 2015. Mortality rates are highest in the coastal counties of the state, likely due to the prevalence of the shipbuilding industry there. If you’ve worked in any of the following industries in South Carolina, you may be at risk of developing mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure:
Asbestos has been used by electric companies in valve seals, pumps, gaskets, pipe fittings, and machinery insulation. Companies known for using asbestos in the state of South Carolina include: Catawba Nuclear Plant, Central Electric Power Cooperative, Dolphus M. Grainger Power Station, Duke Energy, General Electric Power Company, Georgetown Powerhouse, Lockhart Power Company, Oconee Nuclear Plant, South Carolina Electric and Gas, South Carolina Power and Light Powerhouse, Urquhart Powerhouse, Utica Mohawk Plant, Wateree Station, Williams Station, Winyah Electric, and Winyard Steam Plant.
Numerous manufacturers in South Carolina have utilized asbestos, including: 3M, Alice Manufacturing Company, Allendale Wool, American Enka Corporation, Avco Lycoming, Bigelow-Sanford, Bowaters Carolina Corporation, Celotex, Champion Paper Plant, Clearwater Finishing Plant, Columbia Lumber and Manufacturing, Covil Insulation Company, Darlington Manufacturing Company, Dow Chemical, Eastman Kodak, Embers Charcoal, Fiber Industries Textile Plant, Gaffney Manufacturing Company, Graniteville Manufacturing, Imperial Manufacturing Company, International Industries, Kendall Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Magnolia Finishing Plant, Niles Manufacturing Company, Nucor Steel, Owens Corning Fiberglass, Pine Creek Manufacturing Company, Riley Stoker Corporation, Southern Kraft Corporation, South Carolina Manufacturing, Spring Industries, Pacolet Manufacturing Company, Pulp and Paper Mill, United Merchants Manufacturers, Wellman Inc., Westinghouse, Westpoint Stevens, and West Virginia Pulp and Paper.
Many goods produced and processed in textile mills were made with asbestos fibers, and some older machinery, appliances, and equipment have also contained asbestos. Textile manufacturers that have exposed workers to asbestos in South Carolina include: Baldwin Cotton Mills, Bloomsburg Mills, Calhoun Mills, Central Mills Company, DeKalb Cotton Mills, Easley Cotton Mills, Excelsior Textiles, Glenwood Cotton Mills, Issaqueena Mills, Lancaster Cotton Mills, Montgomery Mills, Pacolet Yarns, Rocky River Mills, Spartan Mills, and Wylie Mills.
Asbestos has been used heavily in ships, and many South Carolina workers may have been exposed to asbestos at the following shipyards: Braswell Services Group, Carolina Shipping Company, Charleston Naval Shipyard, Detyens Shipyard, Denton Shipyard, Goose Creek Naval Shipyard, and Naval Supply Depot.
Asbestos has been used in the manufacturing of paper products at the following South Carolina companies: Bowater Paper, Carotell Paperboard Corporation, International Paper Mill, Pulp and Paper Mill, Riegel Paper, and Southern Kraft Paper Company.
Mesothelioma Treatment and Support
Treatment. Competent mesothelioma treatment requires the expertise of knowledgeable cancer treatment professionals. The best medical providers for treatment of mesothelioma in the state of South Carolina include:
- Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center. The thoracic oncology program at this cancer center includes an expert team of medical oncologists, thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists, radiologists, dieticians, and social workers. This comprehensive group of medical professionals offers mesothelioma diagnosis, planning, and treatment to South Carolina residents. Philip Costello, M.D., specializes in lung and thoracic cancer at this facility.
- Medical University of South Carolina Department of Radiation Oncology. This is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the state, providing a multidisciplinary approach to mesothelioma treatment. They offer radiation oncology, chemotherapy, and surgery options. Graham Warren, M.D., is a board certified radiation oncologist at this facility.
- Carolina Pulmonary and Critical Care Center. The cancer program at this facility offers a collaborative group of specialists, including radiologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, and pathologists. Their staff of registered nurses and nursing assistants has received certifications in chemotherapy and biotherapy administration from the Oncology Nursing Society. The cancer program at this facility is accredited by the American College of Surgeons for its achievements in health care. Paul Kirschenfeld, M.D., is a pulmonary disease specialist at this facility.
Counseling and support. Patients and their families often benefit from connecting with people who can empathize with their battle with cancer. There are several groups in the state of South Carolina offering support and counseling:
- Trident Health in Charleston - 877-442-2362
- Cancer Society in Greenville - 864-232-8439
- Palmetto Health in Columbia - 803-434-7000
Contact Our Mesothelioma Attorneys
South Carolina has a statute of limitations for mesothelioma claims. Once you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you only have three years from the date of your diagnosis to pursue a personal injury claim. If you’ve lost a loved one to this cancer, you have three years from the date of their passing to file a wrongful death claim. The attorneys at Neblett, Beard, and Arsenault can provide experienced representation to help you receive the compensation you deserve. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t have to pay for our legal services until your claim has been settled. Since our fee is based on a percentage of your settlement, we can provide the representation you need at no upfront cost to you. To learn more, contact us online or call our office directly at 318.588.6303.