Chemical Plant Workers Mesothelioma Attorneys in West Virginia
Chemical Plant Workers and Asbestos Exposure
Chemical plants in the United States manufacture materials that are considered essential to modern everyday living. It takes thousands of professionals to run these plants and, more often than not, these workers are putting their lives on the line in these highly dangerous environments. In West Virginia, thousands of workers have spent time at DuPont, Union Carbide, FMC, Mobay, PPG, and other chemical plants where they may have come into contact with toxic asbestos fibers.
One of the greatest hazards for chemical plant workers is the danger of exposure to asbestos, a toxic mineral that can cause rare and aggressive respiratory disease, including cancer like mesothelioma. In decades past, especially the 1940’s to the 1980’s, those working at chemical plants were regularly exposed to asbestos because it was used widely across a number of industries. Plant workers, contractors, construction workers, maintenance workers, and operators were all at risk for exposure to asbestos. Asbestos in chemical plants is often associated with pipe insulation, gaskets, and packing used in various applications and for various equipment, including boilers, turbines, pumps, valves, and power plant equipment.
Workers who were considered the most likely to be exposed to asbestos were those working in maintenance or repair, since they dealt directly with asbestos insulated equipment. However, exposure to other plant personnel often happened because of the highly aerodynamic qualities of asbestos fibers. When asbestos insulation, for example, is disturbed, frayed, destroyed, cut, or removed, it produces asbestos dust, which can be toxic to those who breath in the asbestos fibers.
How Was Asbestos Used?
Asbestos could easily be found throughout American chemical plants including many in West Virginia before the late 1970’s. Because asbestos is resistant to reactive chemicals, it was commonly used in laboratories as well, including in:
- Countertops and benches
- Coating materials
- Protective gear and clothing
Outside of the labs, the use of asbestos was prevalent in chemical facilities, including being used in:
- Heat exchangers
- Steam Traps
Although the toxicity of asbestos was known to chemical plant operators and owners, chemical plant owners neglected to stop using the material until it was too late for many workers.
Your Legal Solution
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer? If so, it is important that you contact a medical professional as soon as possible. Only a qualified practitioner can assess your condition and make a diagnosis and discuss treatment. If you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, you will also want to seek the legal guidance of an attorney, who can assist in the recovery of damages and compensation related to your condition.
At Antion McGee Law Group, PLLC, our attorneys represent individuals coping with conditions brought on by asbestos exposure, including mesothelioma patients. Our firm can work with you to develop a comprehensive occupational history, which can be instrumental in pinpointing the most likely sources of asbestos exposure. Our firm has built a strong reputation on advocating on behalf of victims dealing with asbestos disease – let us work with you to help your case achieve the best possible results.
Should your current medical condition prevent you from traveling to our law office, our mesothelioma attorneys will always travel to your home or hospital. We are prepared to support you and your family every step of the way. To get started, we invite you to schedule a preliminary consultation with our team, to help examine your case as soon as possible. Do not delay – contact Antion McGee Law Group, PLLC today at (304) 807-0739.