Mississippi Asbestos-Related Deaths from 1999-2017

Mesothelioma Deaths
Asbestosis Deaths
Total Deaths

Asbestos Exposure in Mississippi

Mississippi has several oil refineries and shipyards because of its location on the Gulf of Mexico. Workers in these occupations are at high risk for asbestos exposure since asbestos was frequently used in insulation materials on ships and in oil refineries. Exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of deadly diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.

Industrial Sites with Asbestos Exposure

In Mississippi, power plants, chemical plants, paper mills, and other manufacturing plants are sources of asbestos exposure. Power plants often used asbestos-containing materials to insulate pipes, electrical conduits, and other mechanical parts. Asbestos is resistant to chemicals, heat, and electricity which made it a commonly used product in many chemical processing facilities. Armstrong Cork Company, a ceiling, flooring and cabinet manufacturer, has a plant in Mississippi that has been a source of several mesothelioma cases.

Asbestos in Buildings

Old buildings in Mississippi are also a source of asbestos exposure for workers who perform repairs or do demolition work. Mississippi was dramatically affected by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. Floodwaters and high winds demolished homes and other buildings. Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of old and aging buildings left debris that was tainted by asbestos products, potentially exposing residents, first responders, volunteers, and cleanup crews.

Partial list of work sites in Mississippi with known asbestos exposure
  • Allied Paper Mill
  • American Food Packaging Plant
  • American Potash Chemical Plant
  • Anderson-Tully Lumber Mill
  • Armour Meat Packing Plant
  • Armstrong Asbestos Floor Tile Plant
  • Armstrong Tire & Rubber Plant
  • Baxter Wilson Steam Plant
  • Bruce Lumber Mill
  • Buckeye Cellulose Paper Mill
  • Buckeye Cotton Oil Refinery
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron Shipyard
  • City Of Greenville Buildings
  • Clarksdale Steam Plant
  • Coastal Chemical Plant
  • Continental Turpentine & Rosin Chemical Plant
  • Cook Industries Grain Processing Plant
  • Covacevich Shipyard
  • Daniel Steam Plant
  • Day Companies Plywood Mill
  • Dupont Chemical Plant
  • Escatawpa Steam Plant
  • ExxonMobil Oil Refinery
  • First Chemical Plant
  • Flintkote Asphalt Asbestos Tile Plant
  • Georgia Pacific Chemical Plant
  • Georgia Pacific Paper Mill
  • Georgia Pacific Plywood Mill
  • Greenville Mills
  • Greenville Steam Plant
  • Greenwood Steam Plant
  • Gulf-Alliance Oil Refinery
  • Hercules Gun Powder Chemical Plant
  • Hess Oil Refinery
  • Hooker Chemical Plant
  • Industrial Steel & Machine Works Fabricating Shop
  • Ingalls-Litton Shipyard in Pascagoula
  • International Paper Mill
  • Jack Watson Steam Plant
  • Kentucky Tennessee Clay Company
  • Kerr‐Mcgee Chemical Plant
  • Kimberly Clark Paper Mill
  • Lauderdale County Courthouse
  • Masonite Door Plant
  • Meridian Steam Plant
  • Mississippi Phosphates Chemical Plant
  • Mississippi Power & Light Steam Plant
  • Moselle Steam Plant
  • Moss Point Paper Mill
  • Parker Hannifin Motion Technology Plant
  • Pontiac Oil Refinery
  • Quaker Oats Cereal Plant
  • R.D. Morrow Steam Plant
  • Rex Brown Steam Plant
  • Schoupeter Shipyard
  • Shell Oil Refinery
  • Southern Mississippi Steam Plant
  • Southland Oil Refinery
  • Regis-Champion Paper Mill
  • Standard Oil Refinery
  • Thiokol-Morton Chemical Plant
  • Transco Pipeline Compressor Station
  • Transcontinental Pipeline
  • U.S. Gypsum Joint Compound and Wallboard Plant
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Veterans’ Administration Hospital
  • Vicksburg Hardwood Lumber Mill
  • Vicksburg Steam Plant
  • V.T. Halter Marine Shipyard
  • Westergard Boat Works Shipyard in Biloxi
  • Weyerhauser Paper Mill
  • Wurlitzer Piano and Organ Plant

Statute of Limitations to File Mesothelioma Claim in Mississippi

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