Maryland has experienced a higher number of asbestos-related fatalities than the national average, with 1074 deaths from 1979 through 2001. The Baltimore area has had the most recorded asbestos-related deaths, including 553 during that period. Baltimore is home to ship building and other high-risk heavy industries, including power plants, paper mills and manufacturing.
Maryland has a statute of limitation for asbestos claim filing of three years after the cause of action accrues. The state follows the “discovery rule,” so the cause of action does not accrue until the plaintiff knew or should have known that he or she had an asbestos-related disease and knew or should have known that the disease was caused by exposure to asbestos or asbestos-containing products. We strongly urge anyone diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease or an heir, if that person has passed away, to contact a mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible to determine if an asbestos-related lawsuit is appropriate.
If you or someone close to you has mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure while working in Maryland, attorneys Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason can help. Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason are mesothelioma lawyers with over 30 years of success. We understand the complicated mesothelioma legal process. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlement compensation for mesothelioma patients and their families. We provide a free mesothelioma case evaluation. There is no up front cost to you for our services.
Maryland has long been a center of manufacturing, paper mills and shipbuilding. Shipyard workers, in particular, were at risk of asbestos exposure until the 1980s. Asbestos was widely used in ship building to protect components from hot temperatures and corrosion, including: valves, gaskets, insulation, pipe covering and packing materials. The U.S. Navy used numerous asbestos products for ship construction until the mid-1970s.
Asbestos was used in boiler rooms, engine rooms, sleeping quarters and hallways. Shipyard workers who constructed these areas were likely exposed to asbestos while installing asbestos-containing materials. When navy ships returned from a mission, shipyard workers who made repairs and conducted overhauls also experienced asbestos exposure on a routine basis.
Longshoremen and other port workers may also have been exposed to asbestos while loading and unloading ships. Wrapping materials, crates and pallets for transporting products often contained asbestos fibers. Anyone who handled items being off-loaded from a ship or who delivered a load aboard a ship was at risk of breathing asbestos into their lungs.
Power plants in Maryland have also been a primary source of asbestos exposure. Prior to the 1980’s, power plants commonly used asbestos for pipe insulation, valves, boiler jackets, fireproofing sprays, heat-resistant flooring and specialized concrete. Due to the high temperatures and fires that can occur at power facilities, workers sometimes wore safety clothing made from asbestos to protect them from heat.
If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Maryland there is a possibility that you were exposed to harmful asbestos. If you need sound legal advice or representation due to this exposure, contact mesothelioma lawyers Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason.
If you or members of your family have been affected by asbestos cancer in Maryland or any state in the U.S., contact Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason. Our mesothelioma attorneys are experts in mesothelioma cancer lawsuits. We have over thirty years of experience providing mesothelioma legal representation to clients across the United States. We will provide a free case evaluation and can fly to Maryland to meet with you in person.
If you are in need of mesothelioma medical information or treatment, visit our list of Maryland mesothelioma treatment centers and our list of Maryland mesothelioma doctors. If you are a veteran who has been exposed to asbestos, particularly if you worked in a navy shipyard in Maryland, visit our information page for veterans with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma attorneys Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason are here to help.
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