Louisiana Asbestos Information
Louisiana is known for many great things like great seafood, fishing, Mardi Gras and the French Quarter. But unfortunately Louisiana residents also face serious risk of exposure to toxic chemicals such as asbestos in the workplace. In fact, three of Louisiana’s most important industrial sectors are known for exposing their employees to significant quantities of asbestos fiber including the maritime industry, power plants as well as oil and drilling refineries.
More about asbestos exposure
Exposure to asbestos fibers causes asbestosis, a scarring of the lungs and the pleura, which diminishes lung capacity and increases a patient’s risk of developing lung cancer or mesothelioma. Once a patient is diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is more lethal than asbestosis, his or her average life span is about 18 months. According to the Environmental Working Group, there were nearly 700 recorded deaths from asbestos-related diseases in Louisiana from 1979 through 1999.
Potential Asbestos Related Sites in Louisiana
Although many employers in the maritime, oil, gas and power industries throughout Louisiana had no intention of placing their employees at risk from exposure to asbestos, some companies were fully aware of the risks and chose to practice willful negligence.
Current at-risk job sites where tens of thousands of Louisiana workers have been unnecessarily exposed to asbestos are:
- Avondale Shipyard
- Bollinger Shipyard
- Todd Shipyard
- Equitable Shipyard
- Union Carbide
- Conrad Industries
- Cajun Electric Power Cooperative
- Little Gypsy Power Plant
- Roy S. Nelson Power Plant
- Waterford Nuclear Power Plant.
Contact Landry, Swarr and Canella for Help
If you believe that you or a loved one may have been exposed to asbestos in any of the industries mentioned above, please contact us today. The Law Firm of Landry & Swarr, LLC focuses representing individuals and their family for asbestos related illnesses including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.