Michigan Asbestos Lawyer
The Throneberry Law Group provides aggressive representation and compassionate support for individuals and families dealing with a diagnosis of mesothelioma, including Michigan. Our principal attorney has intimate knowledge of this swift and devastating disease, from his proven advocacy on behalf of many clients and from the personal experience of his own father’s death.
Our dedicated team is focused on helping victims and their loved ones across Michigan including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Flint, Lansing, Dearborn, Clinton, Sterling Heights and Ann Arbor to recover compensation for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease.
Individuals in Michigan may be exposed to asbestos at either their occupation, jobsite or home from asbestos containing materials. Occupations with a higher than normal likelihood to be exposed to asbestos in Michigan include automobile workers, plumbers, pipefitters, boilermakers, steamfitters, electricians, mechanics and school teachers. Jobsites where there is a likelihood of asbestos exposure in Michigan include car manufacturing plants, shipyards, steel mills/metal works, chemical plants, power plants and oil refineries.
Automobile Manufacturing Known for Asbestos Exposure
Michigan automobile manufacturing is still a vital part of the national economy and many local economies. Car manufactures such as Ford and General Motors maintain their headquarters in Michigan. There are a number of places in the manufacturing process were there was a threat to asbestos exposure.
At one time, automobile manufacturing production workers in Michigan were likely exposed to asbestos on a daily basis. Asbestos, for example, was commonly used for its heat resistance and insulating characteristics in a wide array of products in the auto production process. Examples of the most widely used asbestos-containing, automobile parts include brake linings, gaskets and clutches. As a result of the widespread use of asbestos in automobile manufacturing, not only were automobile manufacturing employees at risk for asbestos exposure, but also auto mechanics and construction workers as asbestos containing materials were used in construction of industrial facilities and machinery.
In 2001 and 2002, there were a record number of asbestos-related cases filed against General Motors, Ford and Daimler Chrysler. As a result of the number of individuals effected by asbestos related diseases, Michigan created a docket where mesothelioma victims would have an expedited trial date. This expedited trial date allows for the recovery of money quickly to pay for the mesothelioma victims treatments while attempting to keep the case out of bankruptcy.
Power Plants in Michigan Known for Asbestos Exposure
Power plants have used asbestos for its heat and fire resistance properties. The power plants in Michigan with known asbestos exposure include:
- Bay City Power,
- Conventional Powerhouse in Grand Haven,
- Kalamazoo Power,
- Stevensville Atomic Powerhouse,
- St. Claire Powerhouse,
- Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert,
- Midland Nuclear Power Plant,
- Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant in Newport,
- Enrico Nuclear Power Plant in Monroe,
- Cooks Nuclear Power Plant in Stoneville and Bridgeman and
- Rush Island Powerhouse in Ecorse.
Refineries and Asbestos Exposure in Michigan
Another industry with a history of asbestos usage is oil refining. People exposed to asbestos at these refineries may be at risk of developing mesothelioma. Refineries in Michigan include Sunoil refinery in River Rouge, Lakeside Refining in Kalamazoo and Marathon in Detroit.
Shipyards in Michigan Known for Asbestos Exposure
Another industry with a history of asbestos usage is the ship building industry. Marine construction and repair workers and military personnel often worked around or with asbestos. Some of the asbestos containing materials often found on the jobsite were boilers, insulation, turbines, pumps, gaskets and cement. One such shipyard in Michigan is Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City
Steel Mills and Metalworks in Michigan Known for Asbestos Exposure
Industries that use electricity, heat and flames in its processes have often used asbestos in the past due to the insulating and pliable properties of asbestos. The steel or iron mills and metalworks in Michigan known for asbestos exposure includes Mcleod Steel Foundry in Flat Rock.
Chemical Plant Asbestos Exposure in Michigan
Another industry with a history of asbestos usage is chemical manufacturing. People exposed to asbestos at these chemical plants may be at risk of developing mesothelioma. An example of a chemical plant in Michigan includes Muskegon Chemical Plant.
Industries in Michigan Known for Asbestos Exposure
Other businesses in Michigan known for a former high asbestos exposure risk to its workers includes Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Moorehead, Kellog’s in Battle Creek and Parke-Davis pharmaceuticals in Lansing. The assembly line workers at these manufacturers faced asbestos exposure risks.
Residential Exposure to Asbestos in Michigan
Individuals in Michigan are primarily exposed to asbestos at their workplace or at home while working with asbestos containing material (ACM). ACMs, for example, were used in the construction industry and a lot of construction materials in buildings and homes. ACM for construction material included wall board, insulation, ceiling and floor tiles to name a few. The problem arises during the renovation of older building and homes and the proper safety precautions are not in place to remove the ACMs. I.C.M.S. in Bridgeman, the University of Detroit and River Rouge Stadium were known have asbestos and ACMs on its premises.
The asbestos at the jobsite or contained in materials is most dangerous when it is disturbed or damaged because it can become airborne and when inhaled can attach to the mesothelial lining of the lung. This exposure can result in mesothelioma, the deadly form of cancer that can affect the lining of the lungs or abdomen or the heart.
We Will Travel to You
Our lawyers will travel throughout Michigan to assist victims and families. We provide a free case evaluation and there are no attorney fees unless we trace the sources of asbestos exposure and hold those parties accountable for monetary damages.
We understand the medical urgency and the financial impact of mesothelioma, asbestosis or asbestos-related lung cancer. For experienced, personalized representation during this very trying time, call us at 888-506-1131 or contact us online for a free consultation.