Indiana has naturally occurring asbestos deposits. Even naturally occurring asbestos can be deadly and lead to asbestosis or mesothelioma. Asbestosis occurs when the tissue of the lung’s linings begin to scar and constrict movement, making it difficult and uncomfortable to breathe. Mesothelioma is also asbestos-induced and is cancer in the lining of the lungs.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any disease caused by asbestos exposure, you have the legal right to file a claim against the responsible party. Contact our top Indiana mesothelioma lawyers today. We’ll be happy to provide with a free, confidential case consultation.
Jobs with Asbestos Exposure in Indiana
Steel mills more than likely use asbestos in their insulation and protective gear because it is both heat and fire resistant. Construction or demolition jobs are also at risk for asbestos exposure due to the products used during the construction of a building or the demolition of a building. Power plants may have also exposed people to asbestos in Indiana because they use asbestos products in their operation.
With hundreds of plants across the state providing energy to all buildings and residential homes, this increases surrounding areas’ chances of asbestos exposure. Those who work in the plants already have a high risk of exposure, and now their friends and families might experience secondary exposure through fibers that are found on the workers’ clothes.
Where You May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos in Indiana
- F.B. Culley Generating Station
- Tanner’s Creek Station
- Cayuga Generating Station
- Gallagher Station
- Wabash River Power Plant
Asbestos Deaths in Indiana
Over 550 deaths occurred between 1979 and 1999 that were asbestos-related. Asbestosis was the cause of approximately 124 deaths, while mesothelioma caused the remaining 428 deaths. While asbestosis is treatable to some extent, it still can run the risk of turning into mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that is very difficult to treat.
When asbestos fibers are torn or disturbed, the particles are released into the air which makes it more likely to be inhaled. Upon inhalation, the fibers make their way into the respiratory system where they attach themselves to the lining of your lungs. Either the scarring of your lungs occur (asbestosis) or the development of lung-lining cancer (mesothelioma).
Legal Resources for Indiana
In each of three cases in the past, the state of Indiana has claimed that even the spouse of someone who died from an asbestos-related disease can sue. If your loved one worked in an industry with asbestos exposure, you could file a lawsuit against the manufacturer as the bystander who was placed at risk for secondary exposure. This is particularly important if you have developed mesothelioma through this secondhand exposure.
The statute of limitations for Indiana states that for a typical personal injury case: you have two years to file your claim. Due to the latency period of mesothelioma, you may not be protected under this statute. However, there exists a discovery rule and a statute of repose that may provide you the legal protection. Contact us for a free consultation and let one of our experienced Indiana mesothelioma attorneys help you determine the eligibility of your case according to Indiana laws.