Alabama is home to industrial companies that used or made asbestos-containing products, and factory workers were exposed to the deadly fibers. Industries heavily trafficked with asbestos products were those needing materials that were heat and flame resistant, as well as those seeking cheap insulation materials.
Factories, mills and steel shops commonly used asbestos products in the construction of their buildings and machinery. Over the years, the plumbing industry has also been placed at risk for exposure due to the use of asbestos in cement-containing pipe products. The issue of asbestos use in buildings and work environments did not plague only the state of Alabama but affected states all across the U.S.
Secondhand Mesothelioma in Alabama
With so many different factories, mills and construction builders in Alabama, the chances of families of workers being exposed increased. Although the exposure is secondary, the risks are still high and can again lead to mesothelioma after a latency period. Some children of asbestos-exposed workers have been found to develop mesothelioma decades later eventually.
Preventative measures for secondhand exposure was not adopted decades ago because employers were not aware of the health hazards of asbestos — the manufacturers NEVER disclosed any of the toxin’s dangers to the general public, particularly the employers who were exposing their employees to the asbestos products daily.
This lack of asbestos knowledge left workers exposed to the fibers without any protective gear. Due to the lack of protective wear during work, employees went home in their asbestos-filled clothing, exposing their families.
Asbestos, when disturbed by strong vibrations or movements, can be microscopic and undetectable by the naked eye. Additionally, because asbestos fibers are so small, they are easily inhaled and adhere to the lining of the lungs to eventually become mesothelioma. The progression leading up to mesothelioma is termed the latency period.
You May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos in Alabama at
- Bender Shipbuilding
- Alabama Dry Dock
- Browns Ferry Nuclear
- Gaston Steam Plant
- Green County Steam Plant
- Colbert Fossil Plant
- Barry Power
- Gorgas Electric
- Birmingham Steel Corp.
Asbestos-Related Deaths in Alabama
Approximately 741 asbestos-related deaths have occurred in the State of Alabama alone since the late 1970s. Of the 741 asbestos-related deaths, 507 of them were from asbestosis (another asbestos-induced lung disease that causes scarring of tissues leading to restricted breathing), and 248 were from mesothelioma (cancer of the lung lining). The latency period that comes before symptoms occur and show ranges anywhere from a few weeks to a few decades, all depending on the individual.
Legal Resources for Alabama Residents
The state of Alabama has a statute of limitations of precisely one year from the time of initial diagnosis of mesothelioma to file your claim. Contact our leading Alabama mesothelioma attorneys today. We can provide you with the individualized assistance you need to file your claim in a timely manner.