Situated on the shores of the Michigan lakes, Gary, Indiana, is well known for its steel and manufacturing industries. Although they industries brought many jobs to Gary, it came at a price. Before the asbestos regulations implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most of these facilities used the hazardous mineral and exposed countless workers
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Gary Asbestos Facts
- Gary and Lake County had the highest number of asbestos-related deaths in Indiana, with nearly 700 between 1999 and 2013.
- The steel industry has been an essential part of Gary’s economy but has also contributed to asbestos exposure and related deaths.
Steel and Asbestos
Steel has long been the heart of the Gary economy. The largest steel company there is the United States Steel Corporation. The company’s Gary facility, known as “Gary Steel Works,” has employed thousands of workers to help manufacture and produce steel.
U.S. Steel used asbestos for decades before the EPA regulations in the late 1970s. Many workers fell ill and developed serious asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Some of those workers have filed successful lawsuits against the company:
- In 2003, a former U.S. Steel worker, Roby Whitington, filed a lawsuit against the company
- He worked at the Gary plant from 1950 through 1981 and was diagnosed with mesothelioma at age 70.
- After a lengthy trial, Whitington ultimately won his case, and was awarded $250 million.
- The compensation covered $50 million for compensatory damages, and an additional $200 million in punitive damages.
U.S. Steel did not appeal the Whitington verdict. The case was followed by many other lawsuits against the company. Additional steel mills in Gary associated with heavy asbestos use include:
- Bethlehem Steel
- Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation
- Illinois Steel Company
- Inland Steel
- Interlake Steel
- Midwest Steel Plant
- Republic Steel Corporation
- Union Drawn Steel (Republic Steel Division)
The Sheraton Hotel
While steel mills contributed significantly to asbestos exposure in Gary workers, they were not the only offenders. A 2013 renovation downtown uncovered huge amounts asbestos in the Sheraton Hotel.
According to James Harless of the Soil and Material Engineers Inc. of Plymouth, Massachusetts, over 60,000 square feet of asbestos was found inside the hotel. Not only were current residents at risk of inhaling the harmful fibers of asbestos, but the workers who helped build the Sheraton are in danger of developing life-threatening illnesses.
Other Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in Gary
- John Monohy & Son Sheet Metal
- American Bridge Company (Gary Plant)
- Berry Refining Company
- Methodist Hospital of Gary
- Dean H Mitchell Station
- Standard Oil Refinery
- Gary Sanitary District
- Taylor Forge
- General Refractories Company
- Industrial Combustion Engineering Inc.
- Northern Indiana Public Service Company
Getting Medical Help in Gary
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), if you’ve developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, you should seek out a comprehensive cancer care physician with experience treating asbestos-related diseases. The following are a few physicians near Gary that deal with asbestos illnesses and provide comprehensive cancer care:
- Dr. Michael J. Liptay, Rush University Cancer Center, 1725 W. Harrison Street, Suite 774, Chicago, IL 60612, (312) 738-3732
- Dr. Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran, Center for Advanced Medicine, 5758 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, (855) 702-8222
- Dr. Philip D. Bonomi, Rush University Cancer Center, 1725 W. Harrison Street, Suite 1010, Chicago, IL 60612, (312) 942-5904
Legal Help in Gary
If you’ve been exposed to asbestos and suffer from 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. If you have questions or need assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.
Page Reviewed and Edited by Mesothelioma Attorney Paul Danziger
Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.