Michigan may be the ultimate rust belt state, although Ohio would be in the running as well. But Michigan’s economy was at its apex during the mid twentieth century when steel production and auto production were examples of thriving industries. Workers in these facilities were exposed to the asbestos insulation in the buildings and along the production lines where heat was employed.
In Detroit, Flint, and many smaller cities such as Dearborn the auto industry was king. One plant might have an assembly section, a paint shop, an engine building, even its own power plant as GM did in Flint. The facilities were massive and so was the use of asbestos. There were also many steel mills in the state; Bethlehem Steel and Great Lakes Steel are two examples of facilities that epitomized the smoke stack era. That period is also the time when asbestos exposure in the workplace peaked and the cases of mesothelioma surfacing today were first developed.
Because mesothelioma can take up to forty years to develop after the asbestos exposure has occurred, the auto workers and steel workers from that era who are now retired are just now getting sick. The locations where Michigan workers were exposed to the asbestos fibers that cause disease include every major business in the state from that era. In Warren both GM and Chrysler were building cars alongside other plants producing defense industry products.
Legal Rights for Michigan Asbestos Victims
Michigan’s legal system allows a three year period for discovery and legal action after a personal injury has occurred. In the case of asbestosis, mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused afflictions the law means three years after the diagnosis is made. The same period of time is allowed for the filing of a wrongful death suit. Many asbestos related liability claims are made by widows or family members because the survival time after diagnosis is so short.
If you are a Michigan resident who suffers from an asbestos related disease, you should speak with an experienced attorney about your rights to compensation. For an attorney that knows Michigan law and the history of asbestos litigation in the state fill out the brief form on this page and we will be in touch immediately. There is no charge for our consulting services. Read more about how to to find the right Asbestos lawyer as well as recent Mesothelioma case settlements in addition to lawsuits for Mesothelioma.