Our Michigan toxic poisoning attorneys represent clients who have suffered from asbestos related diseases, including mesothelioma. Many of our clients were exposed to the deadly products over the course of their work like at a factory, plant, or shipyard. Other clients were harmed by asbestos particles brought home on clothes by family members who worked in these places.
Most asbestos related disease, like mesothelioma, is caused by some type of work or occupational exposure. However, the disease is not limited to workers. People living and working near industries can also get these diseases. In fact, there are numerous cases of asbestos exposure in residential settings, school settings, and other locations that get mesothelioma from unknowing exposure to asbestos containing products.
Lawsuits are being filed against the companies that made and sold asbestos products that have caused harm and death to innocent people. The exposure may have occurred more than thirty years ago, but victims can still file lawsuits to receive compensation.
Industries with Exposure to Asbestos Products
Millions of workers over the last century have been exposed to asbestos. Industries with the highest numbers of asbestos related disease include:
- Automotive manufacturers
- Automotive suppliers
- Shipbuilding, including Navy shipyards
- Mining and milling
- Asbestos textile manufacturing
- Construction and building
It was not only company employees who were exposed to asbestos products, but other workers and contractors in the plants and manufacturing areas were also exposed to the deadly disease. This included bricklayers, pipe fitters, electricians, machinists, plumbers, tool makers, carpenters, mechanics, and all other skilled tradesman.
In addition to workers at these plants and facilities, other people visiting these areas on a regular basis or those in offices may have had deadly exposure to asbestos products. This would include engineers, architects, sales people, home inspectors, HVAC workers, and anyone else with possible exposure. Those people and their families would also be entitled to pursue claims for mesothelioma and other diseases.
How Does Asbestos Cause Mesothelioma?
Asbestos is composed of thousands of tiny fibers. These fibers can be inhaled by a a person working around or just in an environment where the fibers can be inhaled. Once inhaled, the fiber get into the lungs and reach the smallest areas of the lungs. Unlike other types of dust products, they cannot be coughed out of the lungs. They settle into the lungs and cause inflammation and eventually lead to one of several different types of mesothelioma.
Michigan Mesothelioma Death Statistics
Mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases are a substantial public health problem in the State of Michigan. Michigan ranks tenth in the United States for malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis. The states with the highest numbers are industrial states because of the significant exposure to workers in manufacturing plants.
Between 1999 and 2017, there were 1,588 total deaths reported from asbestos exposure in Michigan. The majority, 1,386 deaths, were caused by mesothelioma. These statistics do not include people who were exposed to asbestos in Michigan but relocated and later died from mesothelioma in other states or countries. The actual number of deaths from asbestos exposure is likely much higher.
Can I File a Michigan Asbestos-Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, you can file a lawsuit against the manufacturers that made and sold the products that caused your disease. Our legal team will do a thorough investigation of your case to determine exactly where your exposure to asbestos occurred. This will include a detailed work history and even interviews of your co-workers. The chances are likely that we already have solid evidence of exposure for all of your previous work sites.
If your family member died from mesothelioma, we will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the companies for you. We will get all of the medical records and work history records to prove where the exposure to asbestos happened. We will then work hard to get your family the highest possible settlement.
Statute of Limitations for Michigan Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for asbestos and mesothelioma cases is different than in other types of lawsuits. Because the condition may not develop or become known for decades after the exposures, the law allows victims and their families a much greater time to file their case. However, it is important that you hire a lawyer as soon as possible so that your claim is not destroyed due to a missed deadline. Call us today to get started on your case.
For more information, visit the following resources:
- 29000 Inkster Road
Southfield, MI 48034
- Phone: (248) 595-7544
- 19 Clifford St.
Suite 805 Merchants Row
Detroit, MI 48226
- Phone: (313) 992-8281
- 1001 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
- Phone: (313) 777-8482
- 343 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
- Phone: (734) 888-3003
- 51424 Van Dyke Ave
Shelby Township, MI 48316
- Phone: (586) 250-2626