With a large presence of companies in the manufacturing, automotive, and chemicals industry, Missouri has become well-known as a state that once used a ton of asbestos in company products and machinery prior to the 1970s’ ban by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a result, there has already been over 400 asbestos-related deaths in Missouri, and physicians predicts those numbers to increase significantly within the next 10 years. Many residents have turned to an experienced Missouri mesothelioma lawyer to fight for compensation and justice against the manufacturers that once supplied companies with 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
As previously mentioned, chemical companies once had a large presence in Missouri, and unfortunately, some of these companies were directly responsible for putting thousands of workers at risk for malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. For example, the 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 placed a plethora of workers in danger.
Joplin’s Mack Assembly Plant was also associated with high asbestos use. Mechanics were exposed daily to the asbestos used in gaskets, brakes, and other car parts, while other workers ran the risk of inhaling the airborne fibers that were let loose from the products. Additionally, several 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, 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 violation of the Clean Air Act.
Furthermore, 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 and appraises dangerous waste sites, including sites corrupted by asbestos. When these polluted sites are designated as a Superfund, the EPA mandates that all responsible parties help cleanup the waste or pay back the government for cleaning costs. During cleanup, tons of asbestos debris along with other toxic materials were removed from the site.
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
As previously mentioned, a few deaths have occurred because asbestos from naturally-occurring sites became airborne. Missouri has two naturally-occurring asbestos deposit sites. The first site in 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 previously 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 National Center on Health Statistics (NCHS), a total of 455 deaths occurred in Missouri between 1999-2008, all due to asbestos-related diseases.
- 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 safety. The following regulations are strictly enforced. Anyone found violating these laws typically 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, care, and more for their patients. These recognized facilities are known as NCI-designated facilities
The Alvin J. Siteman Care Center in St. Louis is a 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) highly recommend 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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