From shipyards, oil refineries, and more, Louisiana has a long history of asbestos use in many of its industries. According to the National Center on Health Statistics, Louisiana ranks 18th in the nation for the most asbestos-related deaths. It currently has 3,886 asbestos-related deaths.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for substantial compensation. Fill out our form to receive our free Financial Compensation Packet. Our packet is loaded with information on leading mesothelioma attorneys in Louisiana, how to file a claim for asbestos trust funds, how to get paid in 90 days, and more.
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Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in Louisiana
Oil refinery workers in Louisiana are at risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Since Louisiana is situated on the Gulf of Mexico, many oil refinery companies set up shop in the state. Most oil refineries in Louisiana used asbestos in pipes, tanks, machinery, and equipment.
The salt mining business was another industry known for heavy asbestos use. One company, in particular, Breaux Bridge’s Cargill, used asbestos to help purify the salt. There were many workers at Cargill who were exposed to the harmful fibers for years.
Another source of asbestos use came from the W.R Grace & Company’s New Orleans facility. W.R. Grace is notorious for asbestos use as it was a huge and successful vermiculite processing business. In New Orleans, the site processed over 140,000 tons of vermiculite. Not only were workers at risk, but local area residents may have been exposed without even knowing it.
One local resident, Dr. Mike Hackler, worked summers at the Port of Baton Rouge, unloading asbestos while working his way through medical school. Several years later, along with many of his former co-workers, a physician diagnosed Hackler with mesothelioma.
As part of his job, Dr. Hackler opened bags of asbestos on a daily basis and searched for contraband. Once he started diagnosing his former colleagues, he said in a statement that he felt it was only a matter of time before he developed an asbestos-related disease. Close to 40 years after working at the Port of Baton Rouge, Dr. Hackler succumbed to his disease and died at the age of 60.
Other Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in Louisiana
- Alexandria Street Railway Company
- Arkansas Oak Flooring Company
- Bentley Hotel, Inc.
- Central Louisiana Electric Company Inc
- City Electric Light & W.W.
- City of Alexandria Electric Light Dept.
- Dg Hunter Steam Plant
- Louisiana Pacific Corp
- Missouri Pacific R.R.
- Oil Field Scrap & Equipment Company
- Proctor and Gamble Manufacturing Company
- Red River Cotton Oil Company, Inc.
- Roberts Hardware & Supply
- Roland Construction Company
- Roy O. Martin Lumber Company
- Placid Refining
- Poplar Grove Factory and Refining Company
- Smithfield Sugar
- Westover Sugar Factory
- B & B Engineering & Supply Company
- Barnard & Burk Industrial
- Baton Rouge Charity Hospital
- Baton Rouge City Docks
- Baton Rouge Elec Company
- Best Manufacturing Company Inc
- Big Cajun Power Station
- Bolton Company
- Grace Chemical Research
- Grant Chemical Plant
- Gulf States Utilities Company
- Hbm River Plant
- Hercules Inc
- Herrin Transfer & Warehouse Company, Inc.
- Hullinghorst Industries, Inc.
- Humble Oil & Refining Company
- Insulation Engineers, Inc.
- JTT Warehouse
- Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation
- Alcorn Combustion
- BogalUSA Paper Mill
- Delta Southern
- Firestone Tire Plant (Sulphur)
- Ford Bacon & Davis Company
- Gaylord Container Corporation
- General Motors (Shreveport)
- Peoples Utility Company
Asbestos Statistics in Louisiana
- Unlike most other states in the nation, Louisiana has slightly more asbestosis fatalities when compared to mesothelioma. Although asbestosis is more treatable than mesothelioma, a high number of residents die from asbestosis in Louisiana.
- In the 1980s, a study confirmed that cement factory workers in Louisiana had higher rates of developing an asbestos-related disease if amphibole asbestos was used at the job site. The study compared amphibole against chrysotile asbestos.
- According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Louisiana ranks 16th in the nation for the highest fatality rates due to mesothelioma and 18th in the nation for other asbestos-related deaths.
- The U.S. Department Health and Human Services’ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) determined that New Orleans is home to one of the sites associated with vermiculite asbestos that was shipped from Libby, Montana. From 1952 until 1990, the New Orleans site received asbestos regularly.
Louisiana Asbestos Laws
Asbestos laws in Louisiana are governed by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and were set into place to ensure safety for residents as well as workers who handle, remove, and dispose of asbestos.
- Contractors and employees must be certified and trained by an approved Louisiana training center/school before working on any asbestos abatement projects in the state.
- Asbestos must, at all times, be disposed of properly into one of Louisiana’s approved landfills. Disposal packaging must be visibly marked as dangerous and disposed of immediately upon inspection at the appropriate landfill.
- Notification must be written to the state prior to an asbestos abatement project.
- Friable asbestos is the greatest danger in Louisiana in regards to asbestos; therefore, any friable asbestos must be completely wetted before starting an asbestos abatement project in Louisiana.
- As with most states, written notification needs to be sent to the state prior to asbestos removal and disposal and during any building renovations and/or demolitions.
For more information, contact the Louisiana DEQ’s Office of Environmental Service at 225-219-0789.
Medical Help in Louisiana
It’s important to obtain the best mesothelioma treatment. Therefore, you’ll need to find a physician that specializes in asbestos-related diseases as these types of illnesses are still considered rate in the medical world.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) makes cancer patients with this process by designating worthy cancer centers and hospitals as NCI-designated facilities. An NCI-designation ensures patients that the care center is well-known for its specialized focus, research, treatment options, and new technology.
The Mary Bird Perkins Care Center in Baton Rouge, for instance, is an NCI-designated care center with researchers, physicians, cancer experts, and healthcare specialists that focus on mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. It has six campuses in Oklahoma, including the Proton Campus in Oklahoma City.
Seek out treatment from a care center that specializes specifically in the disease you’re suffering from. In general, a small family clinic and/or a general practitioner will not have the specialized expertise and knowledge that a physician who specializes in asbestos cancer has.
Louisiana Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits
La. Civil Code § 3492 et seq.mandates that a one-year statute of limitations must be followed for plaintiffs who wish to file an asbestos-related lawsuit. The one-year limit begins from the time the illness was diagnosed. In addition, wrongful death cases must also follow the one-rule; plaintiffs must file within a year of the victim’s actual date of death.
Although the statute is relatively short when compared to other states, Louisiana is actually a “pro-victim” state in many instances. For example, a $3 million award settlement was granted in 2013 to a former mechanic in a Louisiana mesothelioma lawsuit.
Getting Legal Help in Louisiana
Remember, if you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to significant compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of enjoyment, emotional stress, and more. Remember to fill out our form to get your free Financial Compensation Packet, with information on top asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers in your area. If you have questions or need assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.