Alabama

ALABAMA MESOTHELIOMA LAWYERS

The battleship USS Alabama (BB-60), a museum and National Historic Landmark in Mobile, Alabama.

Although Alabama does not have an extensive coastline, a small portion of Alabama located between Mississippi and Florida borders the Gulf of Mexico. The city of Mobile is perfectly situated for the shipping industry where the Alabama Drydock & Shipping Co. has been operating since World War I.

Asbestos was used extensively in United States naval shipyards and commercial shipyards as well. Pipes, valves, boilers, pumps, turbines and other ship equipment were covered with asbestos block, cloth, and pads. Pipe flanges were sealed with asbestos gaskets and valve stems were sealed with asbestos packing. Navy seamen and civilian shipyard workers were exposed to large amounts of asbestos dust while building, overhauling, and repairing ships.

Asbestos was also used in other industries in Alabama. The state has a very large steel industry that used asbestos in the mills and foundries. Alabama’s oil refineries also used large amounts of asbestos. Furthermore, power plants and the chemical industry utilized asbestos to insulate pipes and equipment. Workers in all these industries faced potential asbestos exposure on the job.

Tragically, many Alabama workers also brought asbestos home on their clothes without realizing it. These workers and their families are at a heightened risk of mesothelioma.
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Cities at Risk:

Alabaster
Albertville
Alexander City
Anniston
Athens
Auburn
Bessemer
Birmingham
Center Point
Cullman
Daphne
Decatur
Dothan
Enterprise
Fairhope
Florence
Gadsden
Helena
Homewood
Hoover
Hueytown
Huntsville
Madison
Millbrook
Mobile
Montgomery
Mountain Brook
Northport
Opelika
Oxford
Pelham
Phenix City
Prattville
Prichard
Scottsboro
Selma
Talladega
Tillmans Corner
Troy
Trussville
Tuscaloosa
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OCCUPATIONS AT RISK

Below is a list of occupations that put Alabama workers at a known risk of asbestos exposure. If you worked in one of these occupations in the 1980s or earlier, there is a good chance that you were exposed to asbestos:

  • Aircraft Mechanics & Repairmen
  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Boilermakers
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Construction Workers
  • Electricians
  • Foundry Workers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Insulators
  • Longshoremen and Stevedores
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Shipyard Workers
  • U.S. Navy Veterans
  • Welders

JOBSITES WITH KNOWN ASBESTOS EXPOSURE

The following is a list of some of the Alabama jobsites where there is a documented use of asbestos products. If you or a family member worked at one of these places, you may be at a heightened risk of asbestos disease.

If you believe that you may have been exposed to asbestos at your own job, please contact a mesothelioma attorney for more information. There are many other jobsites in Alabama where asbestos was used.

Shipyards

  • Alabama Drydock & Shipbuilding Co.
  • Bender Shipbuilding & Repair
  • Bethlehem Steel – Shipbuilding
  • Gulf Shipbuilding Corp.
  • Ingalls Shipyard

Petroleum and Oil Refining

  • Tenneco
  • Tuscaloosa Refinery
  • Saraland Refinery (Shell Oil Co.)
  • Mobile Refinery (Gulf Atlantic Refining & Marketing)

Chemical Industry

  • Amoco Chemical Plant
  • Armour Chemical Plant
  • Chevron Chemical Co
  • Dupont Chemical
  • Geigy Chemical Co.
  • Monsanto Company
  • Stauffer Chemical Co.

Power Plants

  • Alabama Power Co.
  • Bellfonte Nuclear Plant
  • Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant
  • Gadsen Steam Plant
  • Gulf Electric Plant
  • Tennessee Valley Authority

Steel Manufacturing and Foundries

  • Caldwell Foundry
  • Central Foundry
  • United States Steel Corp.
  • Republic Steel Corp.

Paper Products and Mills

  • Gulf States Paper
  • International Paper Co.
  • James River Paper Co.
  • Kimberly Clark Paper Mill
  • Scott Paper Co.
  • Weyerhauser Paper Mill

Other industries

  • Consolidated Property
  • John Blue Company
  • Mobile Welding Supply

MESOTHELIOMA IN ALABAMA

The high levels of asbestos used in Alabama industries and shipyards have taken their toll on the health of Alabama workers, who have contracted the disease mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer of the lining of the lungs and abdomen, which is caused by asbestos exposure.

Like other asbestos diseases, mesothelioma has a long latency period. This means that a person usually develops mesothelioma long after the initial exposure to asbestos – usually between 10 to 50 years later. Due to this latency period, the number of Alabama mesothelioma deaths continues to rise even though asbestos is seldom used in Alabama today.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were 221 mesothelioma deaths in Alabama from 1999 to 2005.

ALABAMA MESOTHELIOMA LAWYER

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you believe you were exposed to asbestos in Alabama, it is important that you contact a skilled attorney with experience in asbestos litigation. In addition, time is of the essence, because you have a limited amount of time to file suit.

We urge you to contact one of our mesothelioma lawyers for a free consultation. We can help you investigate the sources of your exposure, and determine what companies were responsible.