Missouri is home to numerous power generation plants, oil refineries, chemical plants and automobile and truck manufacturing plants. All of these industries have historically placed workers at high risk of asbestos exposure. Additionally, Missouri has many older buildings. Since homes and commercial buildings were typically constructed with asbestos-containing products prior to 1980, many workers involved in the repair of older buildings may still, today, come in contact with dangerous levels of asbestos. Exposure to any amount of asbestos needlessly puts workers at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.
Missouri had 618 asbestos-related deaths from 1979 through 2001 alone. St. Louis County had the highest number of deaths, 144, with 81 from mesothelioma. We strongly urge anyone diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease or an heir, if that person has passed away, to contact a mesothelioma attorney to determine if an asbestos-related lawsuit is appropriate. Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason are mesothelioma lawyers with over 30 years of experience. We can explain your legal rights and help you understand what to expect from a mesothelioma lawsuit. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlement compensation for mesothelioma patients and their families. We provide a free mesothelioma case evaluation, and there is no up front cost for our services.
Missouri has a large number of heavy industries historically known for asbestos use, putting workers at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. These industries include power generation, oil refining, chemical processing and automobile and truck manufacturing. Missouri also has many older homes and historic buildings. Before its dangers were widely known, asbestos was commonly used in insulation, roofing materials, floor tiles and millboard.
A primary historical source of asbestos in St. Louis was the Zonolite Company. W.R. Grace & Company shipped asbestos contaminated vermiculite concentrate from their mine in Libby, Montana to the Zonolite Company for processing. The vermiculite was used for attic insulation, fireproofing products, masonry fill and as an additive in potting soils and fertilizers. The processing of the vermiculite concentrate put many plant workers and residents of the surrounding community at risk of asbestos exposure. The St. Louis Zonolite Company is considered a priority government exposure site for asbestos contamination.
Missouri is a hub for automobile and truck manufacturing. For decades automobile manufacturers employed widespread use of asbestos to minimize the possibility of automobile fires. They readily admit that asbestos was used in brakes, clutches, firewalls and several other parts, but they often deny its toxicity. In fact, many automobile manufacturers have gone to court to defend their use of the hazardous mineral.
Missouri has many chemical manufacturing plants and historically, chemical plants have used asbestos for its heat-and fire-resistant properties and its high resistance to chemical degradation. Chemical plant workers sometimes wore protective gear, including gloves and facemasks, made from asbestos fibers to protect them from heat-creating elements. This clothing may have put them into direct contact with dangerous asbestos fibers. When asbestos is inhaled or ingested, the thin fibers that make up this mineral can cause asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma.
If you worked in any of these industries, companies and/or jobsites in Missouri prior to the 1980’s, 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 Missouri or any state in the U.S., contact Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason. Our mesothelioma attorneys are experts in mesothelioma lawsuits. We have over thirty years of success providing legal representation to mesothelioma clients across the United States. We will provide a free case evaluation and can fly to Missouri to meet with you in person. There is no up front cost to you for our services.
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