A Westwego, Louisiana woman who says she was exposed to asbestos over a 40-year span has filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against 47 different companies.
According to court documents, Donna Petrie, who lived at 618 Keller Avenue throughout several decades, was allegedly exposed to asbestos throughout the her family’s numerous jobs that entailed them working around asbestos-containing brake pads and other products.
Throughout the 1950s-60s, Petrie’s husband brought home asbestos fibers on his work clothing from his job at Aluminum Boats and Camcraft Inc. When her son was older, he began working on oil rigs and would also bring asbestos fibers into the home. Additionally, Petrie she states she was exposed to asbestos via a nearby Johns Manville plant.
As a result, Petrie was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma. The defendants named in her mesothelioma lawsuit include numerous asbestos companies, insurance companies, television networks, and more. All defendants are accused of negligence, which led to Petrie’s exposure to asbestos. An unspecified amount is sought for:
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Medical costs
- Lost earnings capacity, and
- Loss of quality of life
Mesothelioma Rates Are High in Louisiana
Mesothelioma and asbestosis rates have remained extremely high in Louisiana for many years. In fact, there are more buildings and facilities in Louisiana when compared to every other state in the United States with the most asbestos.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society shows that from 1999 to 2009, there were around 295 asbestos-related hospitalizations per year. Even though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed strict regulations on asbestos in the 1970s, this hasn’t stopped people, white males in particular that were involved in shipping and oil drilling.
“As a condition highly associated with occupational exposure, its incidence has been affected by changes in industry standards.”
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) states that Louisiana has a mesothelioma diagnosis rate that’s at least 30% higher than the national average. In a 20-year time span, from 1979 to 1999, there were almost 700 mesothelioma deaths in Louisiana alone.
Another reason that asbestos-related illnesses occurred in Louisiana is due to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. A multitude of buildings, facilities, and homes that were constructed during a time in which asbestos was used heavily, were demolished, releasing an exorbitant amount of toxins into the air. Not only were thousands of residents at risk, but the relief workers sent in to help with the cleanup efforts faced airborne asbestos exposure, even protective gear. Given the state of emergency at the time, a lot of the asbestos abatement guidelines were not followed.
Louisiana is still at risk asbestos exposure, even almost 10 years after the hurricane. The city is still being rebuilt in many areas, and although abatement guidelines are now followed more closely, there is still a chance of airborne asbestos fibers harming workers and residents.
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