JACKSON, Mississippi – Mesothelioma lawyers from the national asbestos litigation firm of Levy Konigsberg LLP (“LK”) are continuing to help Mississippi mesothelioma patients and families obtain legal compensation from companies that manufactured, sold or used asbestos-containing products.
Every year, thousands of men and women across the country are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma cancer, including many in Mississippi. Even more are diagnosed with lung cancer and asbestosis. All of these asbestos-related diseases could have been prevented if workers had been properly protected from exposure to asbestos.
Due to the presence of a sprawling shipyard and numerous oil rigs, oil refineries, power plants, paper mills and other industrial employers throughout Mississippi, mill workers, powerhouse employees, insulators, plumbers, laborers, electricians, pipefitters, chemical operators, machinist, boilermakers, engineers and many other trades were routinely exposed to asbestos on a daily basis at their places of employment. Mesothelioma lawyers at LK have extensive experience in investigating these occupational exposures:
For over 75 years, Ingalls Shipbuilding has employed thousands of Mississippi residents at its shipyard location. Spread across 800 acres in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Ingalls Shipbuilding has constructed large vessels for the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and foreign and commercial customers. Individuals present at the Ingalls Shipbuilding worksite were potentially exposed to large amounts of asbestos dust on a regular basis.
Between the 1940s and 1980s, employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding built surface combatants, warships, guided missile destroyers, and large deck amphibious ships. Available statistics show that Ingalls Shipbuilding has built over 70% of the Navy’s total warships. Considered the largest industrial employer in Mississippi and Alabama, numerous trades were required to support Ingalls Shipbuilding, including pipefitters, insulators, boilermakers, electricians, plumbers, millwrights, laborers, military personnel and independent contractors.
LK mesothelioma lawyers have substantial experience in investigating exposure suffered by individuals present at shipyard worksites. Vessel building and overhaul work performed at Ingalls Shipbuilding typically occurred in cramped spaces with poor ventilation systems resulting in regular exposure to high levels of asbestos dust. Individuals at the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard regularly worked with gaskets, packing, raw asbestos, insulation, and other asbestos-containing materials and equipment throughout their careers.
Mississippi’s Oil Industry
MS residents were employed throughout the state on Mississippi’s oil rigs and refineries. LK mesothelioma attorneys have experience investigating the unique exposures suffered by individuals employed on oil rigs and oil refineries.
Oil Well Rigs
Due to Mississippi’s coastline and the abundance of shale rock bodies, hundreds of companies have previously employed Mississippi residents on water-based oil rigs. Also known as an “oil platform,” heavy equipment, containing asbestos, was required to be installed and maintained on a regular basis. Pumps, valves boilers, motors, generators, engines, and cranes were installed and operated on water oil rigs. Individuals present on these oil rigs operated this equipment on a regular basis, unaware of the serious health hazards created by exposure to asbestos-containing materials. Other areas of asbestos exposure on water-based oil rigs which LK attorneys have previously investigated are the asbestos-containing drilling muds used by rig workers and the large braking systems of the rig’s cranes, which required regular maintenance.
Mississippi Oil Refineries
Major companies established oil refineries throughout Mississippi, including Exxon Mobile, Hess, Pontiac, and Standard Oil. The process of refining oil required the use of large, high-temperature equipment. Boilers, furnaces, turbines, cooling towers and ovens were installed, maintained and repaired at these power plants on a regular basis. This equipment required large amounts of asbestos-containing products to properly function. Other products, including pumps, valves, motors, wire, cable, heaters, air conditioning units, gaskets, packing, chillers, and steam traps were necessary to allow the oil refineries to properly function. Individuals working at these Mississippi oil refineries were exposed to high levels of asbestos dust from their work with or around these products.
Mississippi Paper and Pulp Industry
Several companies, including Allied Paper, Georgia Pacific, International Paper, Moss Point Mississippi, St. Regis and Weyerhauser operated plants throughout Mississippi. Mesothelioma lawyers at LK are experienced in investigating the unique exposures suffered by employees at paper and pulp mills.
These paper and pulp companies operated large mills throughout Mississippi containing large, asbestos-containing equipment and other asbestos-containing products which employees and independent contractors were routinely exposed to. Although preventable, individuals present at these Mississippi Paper and Pulp mills were not warned about the dangers associated with exposure to asbestos dust.
In 2002, an article was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, investigating lung and pleural diseases of 62,937 males who worked for at least one year in the paper and pulp industry between the years 1945 and 1966. The study found that at least 36 percent of paper and pulp employees were exposed to asbestos while employed at a paper and pulp mill. Many of the paper and pulp employees who developed a lung or pleural disease performed maintenance work at the paper and pulp mill.
An experienced mesothelioma lawyer at LK will investigate all possible exposures you or your loved one suffered at a Mississippi paper and pulp worksite. Individuals present at these worksites commonly worked with and around boilers, furnaces, turbines, ovens, motors and generators. Other products commonly used at paper and pulp mills include gaskets, packing, pipe covering, raw asbestos and masonry products, much of which contained asbestos.
Between the 1930s and 1980s, numerous powerhouses were operated throughout Mississippi. Employees and independent contractors present at these Mississippi powerhouses may have been exposed to large amounts of asbestos dust while performing their work. Despite your job title, there are numerous areas of asbestos exposure commonly suffered by individuals present at powerhouses. Mesothelioma attorneys at LK are experienced in investigating asbestos exposures at power plants.
Non-Occupational Asbestos Exposure
In Mississippi, and across the country, many people also developed mesothelioma from non-occupational asbestos exposures, such as automotive work, home renovations and other hobbies, or from “second-hand asbestos exposure,” which occurred when work clothes contaminated with asbestos were worn home. An experienced LK mesothelioma lawyer will assist your family in determining all possible sources of your exposure to asbestos dust.
Mississippi worksites where asbestos exposure occurred most commonly include:
Figure 1. Map of the most common asbestos exposure worksites in the State of Mississippi.
- Allied Paper Mill (Jackson, MS)
- American Potash Chemical Plant (Hamilton, MS)
- Anderson Tully Plant (Vicksburg, MS)
- Armour Packing (Jackson, MS)
- Armstrong Tire & Rubber Plant (Natchez, MS)
- Bexter Wilson Power Plant (Vicksburg, MS)
- Buckeye Industries (Corinth, MS)
- Bruce Lumber Plant (Laurel, MS)
- Chicago Bridge & Iron Shipyard (Pascagoula, MS)
- Coastal Chemical Plant (Pascagoula, MS)
- Continental Turpentine & Rosin (Laurel, MS)
- Daniel Power Plant (Escatawpa, MS)
- Escatawpa Power Plant (Escatawpa, MS)
- Exxon Refinery (Pascagoula, MS)
- First Chemical Plant (Pascagoula, MS)
- Flintkote (Meridan, MS)
- Georgia Pacific (Monticello, MS)
- Greenville Mills (Greenville, MS)
- Greenville Power Plant (Greenville, MS)
- Greenwood Power Plant (Greenwood, MS)
- Gulf Oiil Refinery (Purvis, MS)
- Halter Marine Shipyard, MS)
- Hercules (Hattiesburg, MS)
- Hess Refinery (Pascagoula, MS)
- Hooker Chemical (Columbus, MS)
- Industrial Steel & Machine Works (Gulfport, MS)
- Ingalls Shipyard (Pascagoula, MS)
- International Paper Mill (Moss Point, MS)
- Jack Watson Power Plant (Gulfport, MS)
- Kerr-McGee Plant (Hamilton, MS)
- Kimberly-Clark (Corinth, MS)
- Litton Shipyard (Pascagoula, MS)
- Litton Systems Building (Moss Point, MS)
- Mason Electric Company (Laurel, MS)
- Masonite Plant (Laurel, MS)
- McGehee Lumber Company (Natchez, MS)
- Meridan Powerhouse (Meridian, MS)
- Mississippi Power & Light Plant (Statewide, MS)
- Moselle Power Plant (Moselle, MS)
- Moss Point Mississippi Paper Mill (Moss Point, MS)
- Parker Hannifin Company (Holly Springs, MS)
- Pontiac Refinery (Purvis, MS)
- Quaker Oats Plant (Pascagoula, MS)
- R.D. Morrow Power Plant (Purvis, MS)
- Rex Brown Steam Plant (Jackson, MS)
- Shell Refinery (Jackson, MS)
- Southern Mississippi Powerhouse (Moselle, MS)
- Standard Oil Refinery (Pascagoula, MS)
- St. Regis/Champion Paper Mill (Monticello, MS)
- Thiokol/Morton Chemical Plant (Moss Point, MS)
- Transco-Pipeline Compressor Station (Hattiesburg, MS)
- U.S. Gypsum (Greenville, MS)
- Vicksburg Power Plant (Vicksburg, MS)
- Weyerhauser Paper Mill (Columbus, MS)
- Wurlitzer Piano Plant (Holly Springs, MS)
If you or your loved one are a Mississippi resident or were exposed to asbestos in Mississippi, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please call 1-800-637-6529 or submit an online inquiry on this website to receive a FREE consultation with a mesothelioma lawyer at Levy Konigsberg LLP.
Under the law of most states, pain and suffering from mesothelioma may be compensated through the award of money damages, usually obtained with the help of experienced mesothelioma attorneys. In some states other types of damages may also be recovered.
Asbestos litigation affords mesothelioma victims the opportunity to receive financial compensation and hold accountable the companies that caused their asbestos exposure.
- Preserve your rights to bring a legal action against the responsible parties within the limited time frame allowed by law, known as statute of limitations;
- Obtain maximum compensation in your case by being able to:
- Preserve evidence and establish facts of the asbestos exposure while the claimant is still alive and able to provide information;
- File and resolve a lawsuit against the responsible parties before they file for bankruptcy or, if they already have, to obtain compensation before their bankruptcy trust funds run out of money;
- Expedite your case, as courts tend to give higher priority to mesothelioma lawsuits where the claimant is still alive.