Indiana Asbestos-Related Deaths from 1999-2017

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Asbestosis Deaths
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Asbestos Exposure in Indiana

Indiana is home to several industries with a history of asbestos use. Manufacturing plants, automobile plants, steel plants, paper mills, and power plants frequently used asbestos-containing materials in their facilities. Prior to the 1980s, the use of asbestos was very common because of its fireproofing and insulation properties.

Manufacturing and Asbestos

Steel mill workers and maintenance workers who repaired machinery in manufacturing plants were at the highest risk for asbestos exposure. When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed asbestos fibers can become airborne and can then be inhaled by nearby individuals. Inhaling toxic asbestos fibers can result in several deadly illnesses, like mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.

Asbestos in Refineries

Indiana has several oil and gas refineries which frequently used asbestos-containing materials to insulate equipment and machinery from heat and fire. Workers at the facilities may have been exposed to asbestos while using or repairing this equipment. Power plants in Indiana also used asbestos to insulate equipment. Employees in these facilities were also at risk for asbestos exposure.

Nuturn Corporation and Asbestos Exposure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an evaluation of asbestos exposure at the Nuturn Corporation in 1984. The investigation found asbestos concentrations that far exceeded safe amounts. The Nuturn plant was deemed a health hazard and several employees from the Nuturn Corporation tested positive for asbestos-related diseases.

Partial list of work sites in Indiana with known asbestos exposure
  • 3M Paper Mill
  • ALCOA Aluminum Plant
  • Allis Chalmers Corn‐Picker Machine Plant
  • American (Amoco) Oil Refinery
  • Arvin Industries Plant
  • Bethlehem Steel Mill
  • Bristol‐Meyers Chemical Plant
  • Buffington Steam Plant
  • Chifty Creek Steam Plant
  • Chrysler Automobile Foundry
  • Continental Steel Mill
  • Cully Station Steam Plant
  • Cummins Engine Plant
  • Echlin Automotive Parts Plant
  • Dupont Chemical Plant
  • Eli Lilly Chemical Plant
  • Fairbanks-Breed Steam Plant
  • Fort Benjamin Harrison Army Base
  • Frankford Steam Plant
  • Franklin Steam Plant
  • General Electric Jet Engine Plant
  • General Mills Distribution Center
  • General Motors Plant
  • General Tire Plant
  • Grizzly-Maremont-Nuturn Automotive Brake Plant
  • Indiana Harbor ArcelorMittal Steel Mill
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana‐Kentucky Electric (IKEC) Steam Plant
  • Tanners Creek Steam Plant
  • Indiana‐Michigan Industries Steam Plant
  • Inland Steel Mill
  • International Harvester Tractor Factory
  • Jeff Boat Shipyard
  • Kokomo Plating Plant
  • Lawrenceburg Steam Plant
  • Logansport Steam Plant
  • Madison Steam Plant
  • Miami Fort Steam Plant
  • Mt. Vernon Steam Plant
  • National Tube Tire & Rubber Plant
  • Nipsco Steam Plant
  • PSI-Wabash Steam Plant
  • Purdue University
  • Raybestos‐Manhattan Automotive Brake Plant
  • Rockwool Insulation Plant
  • Servel Manufacturing Plant
  • Sigeco F B Culley Plant
  • Sinclair Oil Refinery
  • Standard Oil Refinery
  • Stellite Rolling Mill
  • Studebaker Plant
  • U.S. Steel Reduction Plant
  • U.S. Tire & Rubber Plant
  • U.S. Steel Mill Gary Works
  • Union Carbide Chemical Plant
  • United States Steel Corp.
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Wabash River Steam Plant
  • Yankee Town Steam Plant

Statute of Limitations to File Mesothelioma Claim in Indiana

There is a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit for mesothelioma that varies for each state called the statute of limitations. This means if you do not file within the time limit, you will never be able to pursue legal action or obtain compensation. It’s important that you take legal action within this time frame so you do not miss out on receiving the compensation you may deserve. Contact us here to learn more about how we can help.

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What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a deadly and rare form of malignant cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. The most common forms of mesothelioma are: pleural and peritoneal. Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the abdominal cavity.

Victims with pleural mesothelioma may have respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue. Victims with peritoneal mesothelioma may have abdominal swelling, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.

The latency period for mesothelioma is very long. The average latency period is about 30 years, but can be shorter than 15 years or longer than 40 years. This means individuals with mesothelioma may take decades to present symptoms from the time they were exposed to asbestos.

What is asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by asbestos exposure. When asbestos is inhaled the fibers irritate and scar the lining of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. The lungs become stiff and cannot expand and contract normally. Symptoms of asbestosis are shortness of breath, chest pain, and a dry, persistent cough. Like mesothelioma, the latency period for asbestosis is very long. Symptoms may not present for 10 to 40 years after asbestos exposure.

Military Asbestos Exposure

It is extremely important to know that our attorneys do not sue the military. We seek accountability from the asbestos companies that sold dangerous asbestos products to the military.

Members of all branches of the military may have been exposed to asbestos before it became more restricted in the 1970s. The U.S. military used asbestos products in many areas because of its low cost, durability, and heat resistant properties. The common use of these asbestos products put many U.S. veterans at risk of developing asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Below is a list of the military branches and common asbestos exposure sites:

  • Navy – shipyards, boiler rooms, submarines
  • Army – barracks, shipyards, construction
  • Marine Corps – armored vehicles, barracks, ships, aircraft
  • Coast Guard – inside ships, ships, boiler rooms
  • Air Force- bases, airplanes, jets, aircraft maintenance