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Asbestos Exposure Sites in Denver, New Orleans, and St. Louis
For several weeks now, our mesothelioma lawyers have been detailing sites across the country that processed vermiculite, a natural mineral that can contain asbestos.
And exposure to asbestos can lead to a diagnosis of mesothelioma, a fatal and incurable form of cancer. Microscopic asbestos fibers can be ingested and travel throughout the body until they land on the walls of major organs, such as the lungs and stomach. There, they can sit for as long as 30 or 40 years before a doctor makes a diagnosis.
Asbestos exposure may have been most prevalent in the U.S. military, construction and automobile industries which were major users of asbestos-based products, including insulation, during the 20th Century. While asbestos has never officially been banned in this country, its use has been severely limited in recent years because of the knowledge of its damaging effects. It was used primarily in the construction of houses and businesses as well as in floor and ceiling tiles, peat moss, other garden products and manufactured goods.
And from 1919 to 1990, a mine in Libby, Montana produced 70 percent of the country’s vermiculite. The mine would discover the mineral and ship it to plants from California to New York, where workers would exfoliate the mineral to use in manufacturing. But even two decades after the mine closed, the federal government has dedicated millions to cleaning up Libby. Thousands have gone ill and hundreds have died from asbestos-related diseases because a dust of asbestos would cover workers, vehicles, buildings, the grass and other parts of Libby when the mine was operating.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released reports after analyzing more than two dozen plants, along with the Libby mine for asbestos exposure. And the Mesothelioma Lawyer Blog has been reporting on these reports to keep readers informed about the potential hazards to asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma in Denver: This Western Minerals Products plant began operations before 1967 and processed vermiculite contaminated with asbestos from the Libby mine until 1990.
According to the CDC, the facility exfoliated vermiculite to manufacture insulation and other products — more than 100,000 tons. And after 1990, the site has been occupied by Minnesota Corn Processors, a corn syrup manufacturer. The area is light industrial with a baseball field to the southeast. In 1990, about 13,000 people lived within a mile; so many people are at risk.
Mesothelioma in New Orleans: This Zonolite Company/W.R. Grace & Company site processed more than 148,000 tons of vermiculite when it operated from 1965 to 1989.
Based on 1990 U.S. Census data, about 5,100 people lived within 1 mile of the site, leading to a risk of exposure.
Mesothelioma in St. Louis: This Zonolite Company site was located within sight of interstates 44 and 64 in southwest St. Louis.
The facility operated from the 1940s to 1988 and processed nearly 140,000 tons of vermiculite from Libby. In 1990, about 13,600 people lived within one mile of the facility.
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Frequently Asked Questions: Mesothelioma & Asbestos
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a carcinogenic, naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Known for its heat resistance and durability, asbestos has historically been used in insulation, construction materials, automotive parts, and shipbuilding materials.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is made up of small shard-like fibers that can easily become airborne when disturbed. If inhaled or ingested, these fibers can embed within the lining of the lungs, heart, stomach, or testes where they can cause cancer to form years or decades later.
What are asbestos-related diseases?
Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until decades after exposure.
What are the different types of mesothelioma?
Three of the most common types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma.
What are common mesothelioma symptoms?
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include difficulty breathing and chest pains. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach, may cause abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal pain, and nausea.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a preventable form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. military or while working in construction, mechanics, or a similar field, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact The Ferraro Law Firm for a free legal consultation.
What is the life expectancy for someone with mesothelioma?
There is no cure for mesothelioma. However, patients can receive treatments for mesothelioma that may extend their initial prognosis with proper treatment. Those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma usually have a life expectancy that is greater than three years, though a large part of this depends on the stage the patient is diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the longer the life expectancy and chance of long-term survival.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should immediately seek long-term medical treatment. After that, you should contact our firm to examine your legal rights. Since 1985, The Ferraro Law Firm has represented individuals with asbestos-related diseases and pursued fair compensation on their behalf. Our firm is one of the top five law firms in the U.S. handling mesothelioma and asbestos cases.
The Ferraro Law Firm provides extensive legal services, including cases related to asbestos exposure and mesothelioma lawsuits. Call (888) 554-2030 for a free and confidential consultation. Offices in Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
Previous Blog Entries:
Mesothelioma Lawyer Blog Spotlights Large Cities at Risk For Asbestos Exposure: June 9, 2011
Mesothelioma Lawyers Continue Blog Series on Asbestos Exposure Sites: June 1, 2011