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Mesothelioma Lawyers Tennessee

Map of asbestosis and mesothelioma deaths in TennesseeAccording to the Environmental Working Group, at least 671 people were killed from asbestos exposure in Tennessee from 1979 to 2001. These deaths primarily centered around Davidson, Knox and Shelby Counties and covered the metropolitan areas of Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis.

If you or someone you love has mesothelioma (asbestos cancer) due to asbestos exposure while working in Tennessee, attorneys Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason can help. Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason understand the stressful and complicated mesothelioma legal process. We are mesothelioma lawyers with over 30 years of success. We have recovered millions of dollars in settlement compensation for mesothelioma patients and their families. Our attorneys provide a free mesothelioma case evaluation, and there is no up front cost to you for our services.

Asbestos Exposure in Tennessee

Tennessee has many older, heavy industries, including the paper and pulp industry, the electrical power industry and chemical processing. All are known high-risk industries for asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases. The state has many older buildings as well. Most buildings constructed prior to 1980 incorporated asbestos-containing materials for insulation and fire prevention. Before its dangers were widely known, asbestos was commonly used in shingles, flooring, pipefittings and even HVAC systems. 

Tennessee is home to the International Paper Company, one of the largest paper and pulp powerhouses in the world, as well as several other large paper mills. Prior to the 1980’s, asbestos was commonly used in paper mills to insulate and protect machinery during the paper making process. Maintenance workers in paper mills were particularly at risk of inhaling loose asbestos fibers from the insulation and heating element holders when they opened up the machinery to check that passageways were clear and the heating elements were working properly.

In addition to being a center for the paper and pulp industry, Tennessee is also home to the largest public utilities company in the United States. The Tennessee Valley Authority, in operation since 1933, employs thousands and has more than 8.5 million customers. Because even the smallest fire at a power plant can be a disaster, asbestos was heavily used in power stations because of its ability to resist heat, flame and electricity. Asbestos insulated boilers, generators, turbines and other machinery. It was also used in wires and electrical panels. When power plant equipment or facilities were repaired, dangerous asbestos fibers were released into the air. Utility and maintenance workers in these facilities were particularly vulnerable, since they were more likely to come in close contact with potential sources of asbestos exposure.

Another source of asbestos exposure in Tennessee was vermiculite processing. From 1940 – 1990, asbestos-contaminated vermiculite mined in Libby, Montana was shipped to processing plants throughout the United States. According to the Environmental Working Group, at least 260 shipments, representing more than 24,000 tons of vermiculite, was shipped from Libby to 3 locations in Tennessee, including Nashville, Memphis and Jackson. The vermiculite was made into attic insulation and other products and sold for construction purposes around the state and across the country. Many people across the nation were placed at risk of asbestos exposure. As a result of their negligence, eight executives of W.R. Grace & Company, the owner of the Libby, Montana mine, were indicted on criminal charges for conspiracy and violations of the Clean Air Act.

Tennesee has many older homes, schools, hospitals and commercial buildings that might have used this insulation, along with other asbestos-containing materials.  Until the 1980's, asbestos was commonly used for building  insulation, roofing materials, floor tiles and millboard.  Construction workers, even today, can be exposed to asbestos while building, upgrading and demolishing buildigns that used asbestos products, unless proper safety measures are taken.  

Our Attorneys Can Help Victims of Mesothelioma in Tennessee

If you or a member of your family has been affected by asbestos cancer in Tennessee or any state in the U.S., contact Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason. Whether your asbestos exposure was due to working at a contaminated jobsite or because you used asbestos-containing products, our mesothelioma attorneys can give you sound, legal advice. We have over thirty years of experience providing mesothelioma legal representation to clients across the United States. We offer a free case evaluation and can fly to Tennessee to meet with you in person.

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