Many Georgia industries used asbestos and risked worker exposure, including power plants, paper companies, manufacturing facilities, automotive companies, and many more. Numerous residents worked around asbestos for prolonged periods of time on a daily basis, which resulted in many of them developing malignant mesothelioma. Those victims are now fighting back with the help of Georgia legal experts.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in Georgia, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more.
We offer assistance to all asbestos victims and their families in Georgia, including cities such as:
Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah, Athens, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Johns Creek, Albany, Warner Robins, Alpharetta, Marietta, Valdosta, Smyrna, Dunwoody, Rome, East Point, Milton, Gainesville, Hinesville, Peachtree City, Newnan, Dalton, Douglasville, Kennesaw, LaGrange, Statesboro, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Stockbridge, Woodstock, Carrollton, Canton, Griffin, McDonough, Acworth, Pooler, Union City, Decatur, Cartersville, Sugar Hill, Milledgeville, Snellville, Forest Park, Thomasville, St. Marys Tifton, Americus, Kingsland, Suwanee, Dublin, Fayetteville, Calhoun, Chamblee, Brunswick, Norcross, Riverdale, Conyers, Perry, College Park, Moultrie, Waycross, Winder, Powder Springs, Villa Rica, Fairburn, Monroe, Covington, Cusseta, Buford, Bainbridge, Lilburn, Grovetown, Dallas, Douglas, Cordele, Loganville, Vidalia, Richmond Hill, Jesup, Cairo, Cedartown, Fort Valley, Holly Springs, Jefferson, Fort Oglethorpe, Rincon, Thomaston, Fitzgerald, Garden City, Doraville, Toccoa, Braselton, Clarkston, Swainsboro, Centerville, Hampton, LaFayette, Auburn, and more.
Georgia Asbestos Facts
- Georgia recorded 3,187 deaths related to asbestos exposure between 1999 and 2013.
- Of those deaths, most were from lung cancer, but nearly 600 were caused by mesothelioma.
- The county with the greatest number of asbestos deaths is Fulton.
When Do I Need a Georgia Mesothelioma Lawyer?
If you or a family member was exposed to asbestos, has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, or suspects exposure from a workplace, contact a mesothelioma lawyer.
Only an expert in asbestos and personal injury laws can help you:
- Understand your legal options
- Make the best choice for getting justice or compensation
- Get the most compensation possible
- Face big companies responsible for your exposure
Which Industries Caused the Most Asbestos Exposure in Georgia?
Although Georgia has several naturally-occurring asbestos deposits, the majority of asbestos-related deaths came from job sites. Manufacturing plants, in particular, put thousands of workers at risk.
One of the state’s biggest companies, Georgia-Pacific is well-known for using asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in many products. Employees handled these materials on a daily basis. Additionally, Georgia-Pacific bought out the Bestwall Gypsum Corporation during the 1960s’, which used asbestos.
According to Georgia-Pacific newsroom, in 2000, 232,000 asbestos-related cases have been filed against the company since the mid 1980s. Although the company claimed in the same news statement that they don’t anticipate any other lawsuits, the corporation put aside an additional $221 million in 2002 for additional asbestos-related lawsuits. In 2002, the company had more than 62,000 pending asbestos lawsuits.
Georgia is home to 13 military bases and several Federal buildings. These military and federal workplaces have been found to contain asbestos.
Manufacturing plants have also been associated with asbestos. In 1989, the Keebler Company in Atlanta was responsible exposing thousands of workers to asbestos fibers after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) determined that an oven in one of the company’s plants was releasing the harmful fibers into the air.
Other Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in Georgia
- Charmin Paper Products Company
- Coats & Clark, Inc.
- Cobb Heating & Air Conditioning
- Coil Insulation Company
- Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
- Georgia Alabama Power Company
- Georgia Growers Distilling Company
- Georgia Power Company
- Herck & Company
- J.P. Stevens and Company
- Lykes Brothers Inc
- Merck & Company, Inc.
- Merck Chemical Div
- Miller Brewing Company, Inc
- Georgia Plywood Corporation
- J. P. Stevens & Company
- Mohasco Industries Inc
- Southeast Paper Manufacturing Company
- Brumby Chair Company
- Dobbins Air Force Base
- Georgia Manufacturing and Public Service Company
- Kennesaw Mills Company
- Kerby Saunders Incorporated
- Mckenney’s, Inc.
- Mead Container Packaging
- Mead Paper Company
- Mechanical Associates
- Merillat Industries
- Metropolitan Eye Hospital
- Miss Georgia Dairies
- Hickory Lake Apartments (Smyrna)
- Lawrenceville High School
- Jekyll Island Historical Power Plant
- Cowboys (Kennesaw)
How Hard is it to Win an Asbestos Case in Georgia?
The Georgia Supreme Court mandated new restrictions in 2005 that make filing and winning an asbestos-related lawsuit more challenging for victims:
- In the past asbestos victims had to prove that asbestos was a contributing factor to their disease, but now it must also be proven to be a substantial contributing factor and primary cause of a disease.
- A medical report must be presented, approved by a physician, that states the victim’s disease did indeed come from asbestos exposure. This rule applies to all asbestos-related diseases except for mesothelioma.
- A physician must also verify that it has been at least 15 years has passed between the victim’s first exposure to asbestos and the diagnosis.
- Victims can only file if they are currently a resident of Georgia and/or were a resident at the time of asbestos exposure.
What Are Georgia’s Asbestos Laws?
The Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is responsible for the state governing laws on asbestos and asbestos abatement projects in Georgia.
- Rule 391-3-4-.04 (8) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rules mandates that any “asbestos-containing waste” must be transported for disposal in a state-approved vehicle that has a separate compartment area to transport the asbestos in.
- The asbestos must be disposed of in permitted landfills and waste areas within the state.
- Each container with asbestos must be sealed tight with the proper warning labels on the front.
- All friable asbestos must be “wetted” before removing it from the asbestos abatement project area. The asbestos must remain wet while encapsulating it for proper disposal.
- Written notification must be sent to the state within seven days prior to starting any asbestos abatement project in Georgia.
For more detailed information and addition regulations involved in Georgia asbestos abatement, contact the EPD at 404-657-5947 or toll-free at 888-373-5947.
Getting Medical Help in Georgia
Victims dealing with an asbestos-related disease and finding the best mesothelioma treatments is usually not an easy task. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) makes this process easier by appointing worthy care centers and hospitals as NCI-designated facilities.
The Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University (WCI) is a NCI-designated care center with researchers, physicians, cancer experts, and healthcare specialists that focus on mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
It’s important to seek mesothelioma treatment from a care center that specializes specifically in asbestos-related diseases. A typical small family clinic and/or a general practitioner usually don’t have the expertise and knowledge that a physician who specializes in asbestos cancer has.
Georgia Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Cases
- Under Ga. Code Ann. § 9-3-20 et seq., plaintiffs filing an asbestos-related lawsuit in the state of Georgia must file within two years of time of diagnosis or within two years of when the illness was discovered.
- Wrongful death lawsuits follow the same two-rule; the lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the victim’s death.
- Georgia allows asbestos-related cases to be consolidated as defined in Rule 42 (a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Getting Legal Help in Georgia
As previously mentioned, if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to compensatory damages. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. For questions and assistance, feel free to contact us at 800-793-4540.