Kentucky Asbestos-Related Deaths from 1999-2017

Mesothelioma Deaths
Asbestosis Deaths
Total Deaths

Asbestos Exposure in Kentucky

Kentucky is home to many oil refineries, steel mills, and chemical plants that frequently used asbestos in their operations. Also, tons of asbestos-contaminated vermiculite from Libby, Montana was transported to Newport, Kentucky several decades ago. The asbestos-tainted vermiculite exposed workers in processing facilities to the hazardous fibers. Exposure to toxic asbestos fibers can lead to the development of deadly asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.

Industrial Sites and Asbestos

Chemical plants, power plants and oil refineries in Kentucky frequently used asbestos-containing materials to insulate machinery and equipment in their facilities. Asbestos is durable and is known for its heat resistant properties and resistance to chemicals. Workers in any of these industries may have been exposed to asbestos while operating, repairing, or working near machinery that was insulated with asbestos.

Asbestos in Buildings

Some cities in Kentucky have discovered asbestos materials in public and private buildings. Asbestos was often used in construction materials, like floor tiles and piping insulation. Asbestos-containing construction materials were also used in schools throughout Kentucky. As a result, Kentucky schools are monitored and inspected for hazardous asbestos products. Occasionally, schools are closed to conduct asbestos removal and cleanup. Renovation and repair work at Highland Middle School in Louisville and Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky revealed the structures contained asbestos materials and abatement procedures were followed in order to contain the fibers and limit exposure.

Partial list of work sites in Kentucky with known asbestos exposure
  • American Electric Steam Plant
  • Armco-Ashland Steel Mill
  • Ashland Community College
  • Ashland Oil Refinery
  • B.F. Goodrich Tire & Rubber Plant
  • Big Sandy Steam Plant
  • Central Baptist Hospital
  • Owens Corning Glass Plant
  • Dow Corning Chemical
  • Dupont Chemical Plant
  • Ford Steam Plant
  • Fort Campbell Army Base
  • Fort Knox
  • Gallatin Steam Plant
  • General Electric Appliance Factory
  • Helena Chemical Plant
  • International Harvester Foundry
  • John Sevier Steam Plant
  • Kentucky Utilities Co. Steam Plant
  • Louisville Gas & Electric Steam Plant
  • Marathon Oil Refinery
  • Martin Marietta Aluminum Plant
  • Morehead State University
  • National Southwire Plant
  • Paducah AEC Gaseous Diffusion Plant
  • Paradise Steam Plant
  • Pineville Steam Plant
  • Pittsburgh Metallurgical Foundry
  • Reynolds Metals Plant
  • Shawnee Steam Plant
  • Spencer Chemical Plant
  • Luke Hospital
  • Standard Oil Refinery
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Kentucky Hospital
  • W.R. Grace Vermiculite Plant
  • Westvaco Paper Mill

Statute of Limitations to File Mesothelioma Claim in Kentucky

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