Our Michigan asbestos attorneys represent clients who have suffered from asbestos related diseases, including mesothelioma. Many of our clients were exposed to the deadly products over the course of the their work like at a factory, plant, or shipyard. Lawsuits are being filed against the companies that made and sold asbestos products that have caused harm and death to innocent people. The exposure may have occurred more than thirty years ago, but victims can still file lawsuits to receive compensation.
Which people are at risk for an Asbestos-disease like Mesothelioma?
Most asbestos related disease, like mesothelioma, is caused by some type of work or occupational exposure. However, the disease is not limited to workers. People living and working near industries can also get these diseases. In fact, there are numerous cases of asbestos exposure in residential settings, school settings, and other locations who get mesothelioma from unknowing exposure to asbestos containing products.
Which industries had the highest asbestos exposure rates?
Millions of workers over the last century have been exposed to asbestos. The manufacturers are asbestos related products failed to warn companies and workers of the hazards of their products and companies failed to protect their own workers from this terrible disease. Industries with the highest numbers of asbestos related disease include: Those at risk for asbestos-related illnesses worked in the following industries:
- Automotive manufacturers
- Automotive suppliers
- Shipbuilding, including Navy shipyards
- Mining and milling
- Asbestos textile manufacturing
- Construction and building
- Drywall or asbestos removal
Which job occupations were most likely to get mesothelioma?
It was not only company employees who were exposed to asbestos products, but other workers and contractors in the plants and manufacturing areas were also exposed to the deadly disease. This included bricklayers, pipe fitters, electricians, machinists, plumbers, tool makers, carpenters, mechanics, and all other skilled tradesman.
In addition to workers at these plants and facilities, other people visiting these areas on a regular basis or those in offices may have had deadly exposure to asbestos products. This would include engineers, architects, sales people, home inspectors, HVAC workers, and anyone else with possible exposure. Those people and their families would also be entitled to pursue claims for mesothelioma and other diseases.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma, also known as asbestos cancer, is a rare but deadly disease which affects the pleura (a thin lining surrounding the lungs) and other parts of the body. It is caused by exposure to asbestos, naturally occurring minerals which were widely used in various industries for their fire-resistant properties. The most common form of this cancer is lung mesothelioma, which is also known as pleural mesothelioma. Asbestos fibers can also attack the lining of the abdominal cavity, resulting in peritoneal mesothelioma. Additionally, mesothelioma cancer sometimes affects the pericardium, a sac which surrounds the heart, as well as other organs in the body.
How does Asbestos cause Mesothelioma?
Asbestos is composed of thousands of tiny fibers. These fibers can be inhaled by a a person working around or just in an environment where the fibers can be inhaled. Once inhaled, the fiber get into the lungs and reach the smallest areas of the lungs. Unlike other types of dust products, they cannot be coughed out of the lungs. They settle into the lungs and cause inflammation and eventually lead to one of several different types of mesothelioma.
Michigan Mesothelioma Death Statistics
Mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases are a substantial public health problem in the State of Michigan. Michigan ranks tenth in the United States for malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis. The states with the highest numbers are industrial states because of the significant exposure to workers in manufacturing plants.
Between 1999-2013, there were 1,588 total deaths reported from asbestos exposure in Michigan. The majority, 1,386 deaths, were caused by mesothelioma. These statistics do not include people who were exposed to asbestos in Michigan but relocated and later died from mesothelioma in other states or countries. The actual number of deaths from asbestos exposure is likely much higher.
Can I file a Michigan Asbestos-Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, you can file a lawsuit against the manufacturers that made and sold the products that caused your disease. Our legal team will do a thorough investigation of your case to determine exactly where your exposure to asbestos occurred. This will include a detailed work history and even interviews of your co-workers. The chances are likely that we already have solid evidence of exposure for all of your previous work sites.
If your family member died from mesothelioma, we will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the companies for you. We will get all of the medical records and work history records to prove where the exposure to asbestos happened. We will then work hard to get your family the highest possible settlement.
Statute of Limitations For Michigan Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for asbestos and mesothelioma cases is different than in other types of lawsuits. Because the condition may not develop or become known for decades after the exposures, the law allows victims and their families a much greater time to file their case. However, it is important that you hire a lawyer as soon as possible so that your claim is not destroyed due to a missed deadline. Call us today to get started on your case.
Best Michigan Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawyers
Our legal team includes the most successful injury attorneys in Michigan. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:
- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
- "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Honored as "Super Lawyers"
- Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
Michigan Asbestos-Mesothelioma Lawyer No Fee Promise
Our attorneys will represent you in your Michigan mesothelioma case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact Your Michigan Mesothelioma Lawyer
If you or someone your care about suffered injuries due to exposure to asbestos, you should contact the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. today to get started on your case. Our legal team will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering the evidence to prove and win your case. Call us now at (888) 797-8787 for your free, no obligation case review.