According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) more than 10,000 Americans will die each year as a result of asbestos exposure.
Throughout Michigan's rich economic history, asbestos was used as a key component for developing commerce and industry. Asbestos was introduced as a multi-purpose fire retardant before it was understood to be hazardous. As a result, hundreds of residents and workers were exposed to toxic asbestos fibers each day. The heaviest exposure rates were recorded between 1920 through the late 1980's. An exposure of as little as 1-3 months would produce life threatening health problems, including Mesothelioma and Asbestosis, which would manifest 10-50 years later.
Michigan Workers and Asbestos Exposure
In its asbestos hay day, the state received and processed more than 163,500 tons of asbestos shipments, which in turn landed Michigan the rank of the 12th state in the U.S. with the highest instances of Malignant Mesothelioma. The highest asbestos exposures came from Michigan auto plants, auto-part assembly lines, shipyards, factories, mining operations, power plants, industrial plants, iron mills, steel mills, oil refineries, and construction sites that produced residential and commercial buildings. The use of asbestos in the Michigan construction of residential and commercial buildings lead to the exposure of teachers, children and many who had nothing to do with construction projects. Others were exposed without their knowledge through the use of products containing asbestos which were mislabeled or from products that came from a manufacturer that was unaware of the damages their products were inflicting. Workers were not only exposed without their knowledge or consent, but many workers unknowingly exposed their families to second hand asbestos exposure upon returning home from a job site with contaminated clothing.
The majority of Asbestos exposures came from Michigan's Automotive Industry. The first cars and trucks were manufactured in Detroit, Michigan. From the very beginning, Asbestos was used to make brake pads, clutch parts, spark plugs, gaskets and electrical systems. Asbestos was used extensively in auto parts until the late 1980's. Those who constructed vehicles and serviced them were unknowingly exposed to asbestos for most of their careers. Many automotive industry workers who worked hands on with cars, trucks and buses prior to the 1980's are only now staring to show symptoms of Mesothelioma and asbestos-related injuries.
Military bases were also known to have dangerous levels of asbestos. Michigan is home to an Air Force Base, and an Army Base. Selfridge ANGB and Detroit Arsenal, were both constructed before 1950. During that time, asbestos was frequently used in the construction of base offices, hangers, manufacturing depots, airfields and residential housing complexes. Military personnel may have been unknowingly exposed to asbestos from shingles, paints, drywall and floor tiles during day-to-day activities and cleaning duties.
Michigan is also the site of many naturally occurring asbestos deposits. Natural asbestos deposits have been found near Iron Mountain, Neguanee, Norway and Marquette. In Michigan, there have been over 1,694 asbestos-related deaths and counting due to asbestos exposure. Large amounts of Asbestos-contaminated Vermiculite, was shipped into Michigan and processed throughout various vermiculite-processing plants. The highest reported concentrations of processed asbestos exposure came from the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Marquette, Dickinson, Bay and Kent. Wayne County alone has had more than 391 asbestos-related deaths, 324 being from Mesothelioma.
Michigan Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Claims
Asbestos companies chose profits over people. They willingly withheld information that could have prevented thousands of deaths. In recent years, there have been multi-million dollar verdicts passed down by Michigan courts on behalf of victims of asbestos exposure and related diseases. Asbestos companies are being held accountable for injuries dating as far back as 1920. Asbestos exposure has been linked directly to Mesothelioma. Currently, there are two types of Mesothelioma Claims:
1) Personal Injury Claims: in which a claim is filed by the person who was injured and is diagnosed with Mesothelioma
2) Wrongful Death Claims: where the victim is a deceased Mesothelioma patient, and the claim is filed by a surviving family member
Michigan victims who have been exposed to asbestos and are diagnosed with Mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease are entitled to damages. These damages include:
- Pain and Suffering
- Physical Impairment
- Medical Expenses
- Economic Damages
- End-of-Life Expenses
- Future Medical Bills
- Loss of Income
- Loss of Parental Care
- Loss of Spouse
- Product Liability
- Punitive Damages
- Monetary Compensation
In order to make a claim against an asbestos manufacturer, a plaintiff must be able to:
- Prove that damages have taken place
- Identify the asbestos-containing product which caused damages
- Prove that the defendant's asbestos-related product was a factor in causing such damages
Those who have been exposed to asbestos and developed an asbestos-related disease should contact a Michigan Mesothelioma Lawyer to get compensation for their pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one to asbestos related cancer, you may also be entitled to compensation. The statute of limitations to file an asbestos-related claim in Michigan is 3 years from the date of a wrongful death and 3 years from the initial diagnosis of Mesothelioma.
Here is a list of case results that were awarded on behalf Michigan asbestos victims:
- $2.7 Million dollars was awarded to a Michigan Power Plant Worker who developed Mesothelioma after years of asbestos exposure.
- $5.4 Million dollars was awarded to a Supply Company Worker who developed an asbestos-related disease while working in Michigan.
- $1.9 Million dollars was awarded to a Michigan Steel Worker who was exposed to asbestos and developed Mesothelioma.
- A verdict of $2.2 Million dollars was ruled on behalf of the family of a man who died of Mesothelioma. He spent most of his life working in a chemical plant where he was exposed to asbestos.
We help Mesothelioma patients and their families make educated decisions about how to start with filing asbestos and Mesothelioma claims. We will also recommend an experienced Michigan Mesothelioma Lawyer or Michigan Mesothelioma Doctor to help you get your claim started.
We have a Mesothelioma Hotline - Toll Free: 800.291.0963 that is available 24/7 to talk with a live Mesothelioma Help Center counselor. We understand that those dealing with asbestos cancers face a number of challenges, including the tremendous costs of Mesothelioma treatment.
We have helped many families get experienced legal and medical help for their Mesothelioma cancer and asbestos cancer cases. We will actually walk you through the process of contacting an experienced Michigan Mesothelioma lawyer that we have worked with to get you the best possible settlement for your Michigan Mesothelioma claim.
Michigan Mesothelioma Lawyer - Experience
Deciding which Michigan Mesothelioma law firm to represent you and your case is very important.
Choosing the right lawyer will also be important to your Michigan Mesothelioma settlement.
Many Mesothelioma and asbestos cancer cases in Michigan have settled with multi-million dollar verdicts.
Mesothelioma cases are not restricted to just one state. Filings are usually in multiple states.
Mesothelioma cases are contingency based cases. This means that no money should be paid by you. Mesothelioma lawyers earn their money only if they win you case. You are entitled to an experienced Michigan Mesothelioma lawyer that has a track record of success in Michigan asbestos lawsuits.
Experience - The Mesothelioma Help Center has been helping Michigan Mesothelioma victims and their families for more than 12 years.
- It has been well documented for many years that asbestos exposure can result in the development of deadly cancers, particularly Mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20 to 50 years after the first exposure to asbestos. It is estimated that there will be about 250,000 cases of Mesothelioma before 2020.
- There are currently about 3000 new cases of Mesothelioma diagnosed per year, mostly in men over the age of 40.
- About 4,000 People die each year from Mesothelioma. During the 20th century, some 30 million tons of asbestos were used in industrial sites, homes, schools, shipyards and commercial buildings in the U. S.
- More than 700,000 people have filed claims against more than 6,000 Asbestos companies.
- The number of Mesothelioma and asbestos related victims is projected to increase steadily over the next 10 years.
- According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) more than 10,000 Americans will die each year as a result of asbestos exposure.
- One out of every 125 American men who die over the age of 50 will die from an asbestos related cancer.
- Asbestos companies knew of the dangers of asbestos exposure in Michigan for many years before ever warning the public of those risks. It is thought that around eight million people in the United States have been exposed to asbestos over the past half a century, and many more asbestos related cancer cases are expected to be reported in the next 25 years.
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