Prior to the 80s’ when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned almost all production and imports of asbestos in the United States, an array of businesses in Indiana used the harmful mineral at job sites all across the state. The automobile, chemical, steel, petroleum, and coal industries are just among the few businesses that used asbestos in Indiana. As a result, Indiana ranks 17th in the United States for the most asbestos-related fatalities, including malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis.
If you or someone you love suffers from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for substantial compensation. Fill out our form to get a free Financial Compensation Packet. You’ll learn about the top mesothelioma lawyers in Indiana, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more.
We offer assistance to asbestos victims in all cities and towns in Indiana, including
Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Carmel, Fishers, Bloomington, Hammond, Gary, Lafayette, Muncie, Terre Haute, Kokomo, Noblesville, Anderson, Greenwood, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Lawrence, Jeffersonville, Columbus, Portage, New Albany, Richmond, Merrillville, Westfield, Valparaiso, Goshen, Michigan City, West Lafayette, Plainfield, Marion, East Chicago, Granger, Schererville, Hobart, Crown Point, Zionsville, Franklin, Highland Town, Munster, Brownsburg, La Porte, Clarksville, Greenfield, Shelbyville, Seymour, Vincennes, Logansport, New Castle, Huntington, Griffith, Dyer, Frankfort, Crawfordsville, Lebanon, St. John, New Haven, Jasper, Beech Grove, Warsaw, Avon, Bedford, Chesterton, Connersville, Auburn, Lake Station, Speedway, Madison, Washington, Martinsville, Greensburg, Cedar Lake, Yorktown, Peru, Purdue University, Wabash, Greencastle, Plymouth, Bluffton, Kendallville, Mooresville, Danville, Decatur, Lowell, Columbia City, Angola, Princeton, Elwood, Brazil, Charlestown, Tell City, Notre Dame, Lakes of the Four Seasons, Scottsburg, North Vernon, Nappanee, Mount Vernon, Batesville, Bargersville, and more.
Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in Indiana
Steel mill workers in Indiana were among the highest at risk for asbestos-related diseases. Thousands of steel mill workers were exposed daily as the mills were filled with asbestos, which was primarily used for its effective resistance to high temperatures and fires.
Workers in the automobile industry were also at great risk. In fact, in 1984, the Nuturn Corporation, a brake manufacturing business, was inspected for asbestos. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)determined that employees were being exposed to asbestos way past the amount allowed in business, therefore rendering the business a health hazard.
In July of 1986, NIOSH also surveyed the Federal Office Building in Evansville, Indiana after the president of the American Federation of Government Employees requested an evaluation for asbestos in the building. The findings concluded that over nine surface samples contained asbestos, meaning that asbestos was present and could easily become airborne. The building was built in 1963, and during construction, asbestos was used on the floor decks and ceilings.
Indiana’s USX Corporation facility in Gary, a steel business, faced a multi-million dollar lawsuit when an ex-employee sued after being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. The former worker won his lawsuit and was awarded $250 million, one of the largest mesothelioma lawsuit amounts ever awarded.
Additional Job Sites Associated with Asbestos
- Allison – Bedford Foundry
- A-Bomb Heavy Water Plant
- Heise Brothers and Company
- Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical
- Southern Indiana Railway Company
- Texas Gas Transmission Corporation
- Bluffton City High School
- Franklin Electric Company
- Bethlehem Steel Corporation
- Heise Brothers and Company
- Rolls Royce
- General Motors
- Peerless Pump
- Chemetron Corporation
- George Rogers Clark National Park
- Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation
- Raybestos Friction Materials Company
- Linde Air Products Company
- Clinton Electric Light and Power Company
- Indiana & Michigan Electric Company
- Blish Milling Company
Indiana Asbestos Facts and Statistics
- Steel mill workers have had the most asbestos exposure in Indiana out of any other occupation.
- The majority of asbestos-related deaths that occurred in Indiana between 1979-2000 were primarily in Gary and its surrounding areas. Over 70% of the fatalities were from mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma is much more common in the urban areas of Indiana, whereas asbestosis is more common in rural areas.
- In 1980, Indiana’s actor Steve McQueen died while having an operation for mesothelioma. He was exposed decades before while working aboard a ship.
- According to the National Center on Health Statistics (NCHS), Indiana had 402 deaths between 1999 to 2005.
- Posey County is ranked 11th in the nation for the most asbestos-related deaths, followed by Jasper County which ranks 17th in the nation.
Indiana’s Asbestos Laws
The Indiana Environmental Health Department, along with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) handles and imposes the laws and regulations in the state concerning asbestos. These laws, just as with federal laws under NESHAP and OSHA, are meant to protect workers and residents from the harmful exposure of asbestos fibers.
- Indiana has strict compliance laws when it comes asbestos, which include notification requirements, demolition and renovation rules, and technical documents that must be followed.
- Licensing requirements must be met before anyone can work on and/or carry out an asbestos abatement project.
- Asbestos handling requirements must be fully met as well as utilizing the proper inspection staff during all asbestos abatement procedures.
- There are several different types of licensing requirements in Indiana concerning working around asbestos, which are determined by the type of job being performed. For example, there are different licensing requirements for waste disposal handlers, contractors, individual workers, inspectors, supervisors, designer, and planners.
For more detailed information on the legal requirements of licensing as well as any applicable fees, contact the Indiana Asbestos License Program at 317-233-3861. To learn more about asbestos disposal, emission requirements, and any other asbestos-related questions or concerns, contact that Indiana Department of Environmental Management at 317-232-8941.
Getting Medical Help in Indiana
The Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at Indiana University (IU) is backed by and designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). An NCI-designation means that the care center has been recognized for its superior physicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals who have in-depth knowledge and experience with mesothelioma treatments, research, cancer, and more.
Additionally, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave IU Simon Cancer Center a grant of $32.5 million so that physicians and scientists can further research asbestos-related disease and other cancers. Fundings such as these have led through to breakthrough solutions for treating cancer, such as vast improvements in radiation therapy techniques.
It’s imperative to seek treatment in places that have the experience and knowledge of such a rare disease as time is a critical factor. Once victims are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, they are usually already in latest stages of the cancer as the symptoms of mesothelioma typically lie dormant for up to 50 years. A small clinic and/or a general practice physician may not have the kind of experience and/or medical equipment needed to give you the best possible options.
Indiana Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits
Unlike many other states, Indiana has specific state laws when dealing with asbestos lawsuits. There are two different categories of statutes of limitations in Indiana: cases against defendants who sold and mined raw asbestos is separate from all other asbestos cases. If the plaintiff is suing a defendant who mined and sold raw asbestos, Indiana statute of limitations mandate that the claim must be filed within two years of the plaintiff discovering he or she developed an asbestos-related disease. Plaintiffs suing on behalf of a victim who has passed away are allowed two years from the date of death to file a lawsuit.
For all other cases, under Ind. Code Ann. § 34-20-3-1, plaintiffs have two years from the time of of cause or within 10 years after the asbestos products were delivered to the victim.
Legal Help in Indiana
If you’ve been injured by asbestos, there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for considerable compensation. Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for information on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area. For questions and assistance, feel free to contact us at 800-793-4540.