Iowa does not have any deposits for naturally occurring asbestos. However, the state of Iowa does have asbestos-using industries. The majority of Iowa’s industries use asbestos-containing parts to insulate pipes. Due to its heat and fire resistant properties, asbestos is often used for insulation purposes.
If you’ve developed an asbestos-related illness, there is a good chance you’ll qualify for compensation. Our experienced Iowa mesothelioma attorneys are here to help you. Contact us now for a free, confidential case consultation.
Jobs with Asbestos Exposure in Iowa
The largest industry in Iowa is energy production. Power plants are scattered throughout the state, providing electrical power to millions of homes and businesses. As the main source of asbestos in Iowa, 10 out of 12 plant sites have records of asbestos problems. These asbestos-affected power plants are found in the cities of Palo, Pleasant Hill, Storm Lake, Sioux City, Lansing, Carroll, and Tipton. Thousands are employed annually at the power plants, many of which were at risk and may still be at risk for asbestos exposure.
Asbestos fibers are typically found in the flooring, insulation, and piping of power plants. When disturbed by either movement or loud noises, asbestos fibers are released into the air. Once fibers are released, they become ready for human inhalation. The toxic fibers eventually attach themselves to the lining of the lungs, sitting dormant for up to 50 years during the latency period. The outcome of asbestos exposure is mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer that affects the lining of the lungs.
Where You May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos in Iowa
- Iowa Power & Light
- Duane Arnold Nuclear
- Tipton Power
Asbestos-Related Deaths in Iowa
Between 1979 and 1999, there have been over 450 deaths in Iowa that were asbestos-induced. Over 350 of the deaths were due to mesothelioma, asbestos-induced cancer affecting the lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma can cause tumors in the lungs to metastasize and spread to other organs and parts of the body.
Legal Resources for Iowa
Iowa is still affected by asbestos today as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been taking action against developers for lack of proper safety and abatement precautions during their renovations of older buildings. Asbestos was found in these old buildings and workers were not given any protective gear to wear during work hours. Both the public and the employees were left at risk for exposure due to the developer’s negligence.
You have two years from the time of your initial diagnosis to file a claim. The state of Iowa recognizes both asbestos-induced illnesses mesothelioma and asbestosis separately. This means that if you first file claim against the asbestos manufacturers for your asbestosis, you can later file a separate claim for mesothelioma when the disease develops. We encourage to contact our leading Iowa mesothelioma lawyers as soon as possible for a no-obligation case consultation.