Maryland residents and workers have been exposed to asbestos from natural deposits, construction materials, shipyards, factories, and other industrial sites and workplaces. Many of these people who were exposed to the toxic mineral later developed asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. If you were exposed to asbestos, contact a lawyer to help you determine your options for recovering damages.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to considerable compensation. Fill out our form to get a free Financial Compensation Packet. You’ll learn about the top mesothelioma lawyers in Maryland, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more.
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Maryland Asbestos Statistics
- According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Maryland is ranked 14th in the U.S. in asbestos-related deaths.
- From 1999 to 2013 4,298 people in the state died from asbestos-related illnesses, 2,980 from lung cancer, 745 from mesothelioma, and 605 from asbestosis.
- Baltimore County has seen the most deaths related to asbestos in the state.
What Kinds of Workers Were Most Likely Exposed to Asbestos?
Although some of the state’s asbestos deaths may have been the result of repeated exposure to naturally-occurring asbestos in Maryland, most can be traced to large-scale industrial use of asbestos-containing materials.
The peak period of heavy asbestos use was between 1930 and the 1970s. Maryland industries whose workers were most at risk of being exposed to asbestos fibers include:
- Mining Companies
- Chemical Manufacturers
- Electrical Power Companies
- Construction Companies
- Automobile Repair Shops
- Heavy Industrial Manufacturers
- Steel Mills
- Paper Product Manufacturers
- Government Agencies
- Cement Manufacturers
Asbestos in Maryland’s Shipping Industry
Maryland’s location on the Atlantic coast has made the state a major player in the U.S. shipbuilding industry. Boilers, steam pipes, and other heat-generating parts were covered with asbestos to prevent extremes in temperatures or shipboard fires. Merchant ships and U.S. Navy vessels built during World War II also used asbestos insulation.
Shipyard workers, sailors, and ships’ engineers are among the high-risk groups for asbestos-related illnesses. Thousands of these individuals have died from mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other cancers as a result of exposure at these Baltimore shipyards:
- Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard
- Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard
- Key Highway Shipyard
- Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard
- Maryland Drydock Company
Power Stations and Asbestos
Until the early 1980s, all power generating stations were built with asbestos. As in the shipbuilding and heavy manufacturing industries, asbestos materials were standard in construction.
In many power plants asbestos was liberally applied to all sections and components to control heat and prevent fires. Even workbenches and protective gear were made with some amount of asbestos added in as insulation or fire retardant.
Asbestos is known to have been used extensively in these Maryland power generating plants:
- Potomac Electric Company, Aquasco
- Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, Baltimore
- Northern Electric Company, Baltimore
- Brandon Shores Generating Station, Glen Burnie
- Chalk Point Generating Station, Eagle Harbor
- Charles P. Crane Generating Station, Bowleys Quarters
- Herbert A. Wagner Generating Station, Glen Burnie
- Dickerson Generating Station, Dickerson
- Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility, Dickerson
- Warrior Run Generating Station, Cumberland
- Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Lusby
Where Else Did Asbestos Exposure Occur in Maryland?
Steel mills, sheet metal factories, chemical plants, the construction industry, and various government facilities used asbestos nearly as extensively as shipyards and power plants.
Asbestos exposure occurred as a matter of course for many decades in many Maryland job sites, including the following locations:
- Bethesda Naval Medical Hospital, Bethesda
- Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oak
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company, Cumberland
- Western Maryland Railroad, Cumberland
- Anchor Packing Company (Asbestos Manufacturer), Baltimore
- Porter Hayden Company (Asbestos Manufacturer), Baltimore
What Are Maryland’s Asbestos Laws?
According to the Maryland Department of the Environment, handling and abatement of asbestos is strictly regulated:
- If you plan to remove, renovate, or repair any home, building, or product that contains asbestos, you must be a licensed asbestos contractor.
- If you aren’t a licensed contractor, you must hire one to perform the job for you. The contractor must also sign a contract with the state and pay fees.
Asbestos licenses must be renewed annually under the COMAR 26.11.21 law.
In order to qualify for asbestos removal, the contractor must first undergo training at an accredited asbestos training provider.
A respiratory program that outlines the safety guidelines to be used while handling asbestos must be submitted to the state beforehand.
Warning signs, at least 20 x 14 inches, must be placed in prominent areas surrounding the asbestos project.
All records of any asbestos project must be maintained and saved. The state has the right to request these records at any time.
Along with the EPA guidelines, the state of Maryland also follows the NESHAP regulations, which has its own specific state rules. For more state-specific asbestos information, contact the Office of the Secretary of State at 410-974-2486.
Getting Medical Help
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in East Baltimore treats patients with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The Kimmel Cancer Center is accredited by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Comprehensive Care Center and offers many treatment options.
Seek out treatment at a qualified medical facility that specializes in asbestos-related diseases. Since these types of illnesses are rare, you’ll need to find the right facility in order to get the best options for treatment.
Maryland Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits
- Code Ann. § 5-101 et seq. of the Maryland Courts and Judicial Process states that an asbestos-related lawsuit must be filed within three years of the time of the diagnosis or within three years of the time the disease should have been discovered.
- Wrongful death lawsuits have to be filed within three years of the death in most cases.
- If the wrongful death was caused by a disease that developed because of the victim’s occupation, a 10-year statute of limitations can be used.
Legal Help in Maryland
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for information on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area. If you have questions or need assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.