With businesses in the manufacturing, automotive, and chemicals industry, many Missouri job sites once used asbestos in company products and machinery. Most of the asbestos exposure occurred due to manufacturer negligence from companies that knew asbestos was dangerous, yet still shipped products to job sites all over the nation, including Missouri.
Many residents have turned to an experienced Missouri mesothelioma lawyer to fight for compensation and justice against the parties that supplied the asbestos-containing products.
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 Missouri, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more.
We are happy to offer help to asbestos victims in all cities and towns in Missouri, such as:
Kansas City, Cross Timbers, Osborn, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence, Columbia, Lee’s Summit, O’Fallon, St. Joseph, St. Charles, St. Peters, Blue Springs, Florissant, Joplin, Chesterfield, Jefferson City, Cape Girardeau, Oakville, Wildwood, University City, Wentzville, Mehlville, Ballwin, Liberty, Raytown, Kirkwood, Maryland Heights, Gladstone, Hazelwood, Grandview, Webster Groves, Belton, Sedalia, Arnold, Ferguson, Affton, Nixa, Spanish Lake, Warrensburg, Rolla, Old Jamestown, Raymore, Ozark, Manchester, Hannibal, Creve Coeur, Farmington, Kirksville, Poplar Bluff, Fort Leonard, Wood, Concord, Lemay, Sikeston, Overland, Clayton, Republic, Lake St. Louis, Lebanon, Jennings, Jackson, Carthage, Washington, Moberly, Grain Valley, Marshall, St. Ann, Fulton, Dardenne, Prairie, West Plains, Neosho, Maryville, Crestwood, Festus, Bridgeton, Mexico, Excelsior Springs, Troy, Branson, Webb City, Town and Country, Kennett, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Union, Bolivar, Eureka, Harrisonville, Cameron, Chillicothe, Ellisville, Berkeley, Kearney, Clinton, Smithville, Monett, Park Hills, Murphy, Ladue, Sunset Hills, Richmond Heights, Des Peres, and more.
Jobs Associated With Asbestos Use in Missouri
Chemical companies once had a large presence in Missouri and used to use large quantities of asbestos. Thousands of workers were put at risk of developing serious asbestos-related diseases. For example, chemical company I.G. Dyes was located on a mine in Virginia that was riddled with asbestos. Parts, supplies, and other products that were shipped from there to its manufacturing facility in Missouri. This in turn, put workers in direct danger.
Joplin’s Mack Assembly Plant was also associated with high asbestos use. Mechanics were exposed daily to asbestos used in gaskets, brakes, and other car parts. Many workers inhaled the airborne fibers that were let loose from the products.
In addition, a number of Missouri hotel chains used asbestos prior to 1980s. In fact, one hotel, in particular, the Clarion Hotel in Kansas City, was slapped with a $200,000 federal fine when its owner performed renovations while allowing airborne asbestos into the area. Furthermore, the workers renovating the hotel were not trained and qualified to work around asbestos. Both actions were a direct violation of the Clean Air Act.
The Weldon Spring Quarry in St. Charles was so badly infested with asbestos that it became a superfund site in the 1980s. Superfund is a program created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that undertakes dangerous waste sites, including sites corrupted by asbestos. When these polluted sites are designated as a Superfund, the EPA requires that all responsible parties help cleanup the waste or pay back the government for cleaning costs.
Additional Businesses in Missouri Associated with Asbestos:
- Acands, Inc.
- Acme Brick
- Alameda Plaza Hotel Wornall Road At Ward Parkway
- Alcazar Hotel
- Alex Spur
- American Asphalt Roof Company
- American Machine & Manufacturing Company
- American Tobacco Company
- Anderson-Stolz Corporation
- Ap Green Refractories Company
- Archer Daniels Midland
- Armco Steel Corporation
- Armour Packing Company
- Bendix Aviation Corporation
- Bendix Manufacturing Company
- Benson Manufacturing
- Black, Sivalls & Bryson, Inc.
- Board of Public Utilities
- Board of Public Works
- Bousman Plumbing & Heating
- Bryant Building
- Burn Zol Company of Kansas
- Carl Gill
- Carter Waters Corp
- Central Cooling Supply Company
- Central State Container
- Central Station
- Central Supply Company
- Chemagro Corporation
- Chevrolet Div Gmc
- Children’s Mercy Hospital
- Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company
- Lutheran Hospital
- M. A. Seed Dry Plate Company
- Mackles Texaco
- Mallinckrodt Chemical Company
- Maloney Electric
- Manson House
- Marriott Hotel
- Mcdonnell Douglas Aircraft
- Mcnair and De Camp
- Meeman Fixture Company
- Memorial Hospital
- Meramec Plant
- Citadel Plaza Redevelopment Center
- Jackson County Courthouse
- Paseo YMCA
Naturally Occurring Asbestos in Missouri
A few deaths occurred due to asbestos from naturally-occurring sites. Missouri has two naturally-occurring asbestos deposit sites. The first site is located in the small Southwestern town of Poplar Bluff. The second site, which also contains serpentine deposits, is located in Advance. The Advance site was once the area for an asbestos mining operation.
Missouri Asbestos Statistics and Facts
- Since 1979, at least 129 mesothelioma cancer deaths occurred in St. Charles County alone. Jackson County comes in 2nd with 91 mesothelioma deaths.
- According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there have been 3,680 total asbestos-related deaths in Missouri. The number continues to grow.
- Some victims were exposed to naturally-occurring asbestos along the St. Francis Mountain Range, yet the majority of deaths stemmed from prolonged exposure at job sites.
Asbestos Laws in Missouri
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources implements state and federal laws regarding asbestos abatement within the state in order to promote healthy and safety. The following regulations are strictly enforced. Anyone found violating these laws could face fines and fees set forward by the state.
- Demolition and renovation projects require prior approval for any public buildings and structures, excluding residential homes that have less than four dwelling units. Approval must be granted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Keep in mind that this includes all demolitions and renovations in the state of Missouri, regardless if asbestos is present or not.
- A certified Missouri asbestos inspector must thoroughly inspect the area and building prior to any demolition and/or renovation project.
- After inspection, if the project contains over 260 linear feet, 35 cubic feet, or 160 square feet of asbestos-containing materials, a certified asbestos abatement contractor must remove the asbestos beforehand.
- Asbestos must be cleaned, encapsulated, and disposed of properly in an approved Missouri landfill.
- Once the project is complete, a post notification form must be sent to the department to be approved.
For more information on additional asbestos laws and for any questions or concerns, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 573-751-4817.
Getting Medical Help in Missouri
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) helps cancer victims find the best treatments by recognizing care centers that go above and beyond in treatments, research, and patient care. These recognized facilities are known as NCI-designated facilities
The Alvin J. Siteman Care Center in St. Louis is an NCI-designated care center with researchers, physicians, cancer experts, and healthcare specialists that focus on mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. In fact, the study and research of malignant mesothelioma has been a part of the center for over 20 years. Siteman is the only NCI-designated cancer center in the state of Missouri.
NCI, as well as the National Health Institute (NHI), recommends that all mesothelioma victims find treatment at a leading cancer care center that specializes specifically in asbestos-related diseases. Family practices and general practice physicians may not have the specialized training that those that are knowledgeable about asbestos cancer have.
Missouri Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits
Mo. Rev. Stat. § 516.097 et seq. mandates that asbestos-related lawsuits follow the same protocols as personal injury lawsuits in Missouri. For personal injury cases, the lawsuit must be filed within five years from the time the injury or illness occurred or within five years from the time the injury or illness should have been reasonably discovered. Asbestos-related wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within three years of the death of the victim.
Legal Assistance in Missouri
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