Mesothelioma Attorneys by State > Louisiana

New Orleans Asbestos Attorney

Louisiana’s largest city is New Orleans, with a population nearing 400,000 residents. The “Big Easy” is a city known for nightlife, exquisite Cajun food, a vibrant music scene and a truly unique melding of French, African and American cultural influences.

This iconic American city was also built into a significant shipping and trade center that relied on refineries, shipyards and crops to propel growth and transform the city into the modern tourist attraction it is today. Unfortunately, these industries regularly relied on asbestos-containing materials before asbestos was banned in the 1970s.

As a result, New Orleans has no doubt contributed to the state’s much higher than average mesothelioma death rate of approximately 10 per million people each year.

How Asbestos Exposure Causes Diseases Like Mesothelioma

Asbestos is a durable mineral that has beneficial industrial properties like heat and flame resistance. As such, it was widely used for construction and industrial applications at refineries and shipyards, which are commonly found in New Orleans.

However, asbestos is also made up of tiny fibers that can easily release into the air when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed. When this happens, humans exposed to the area can swallow or inhale the microscopically small fibers. This occurrence is what causes asbestos to become dangerous for human health.

When humans are exposed to asbestos, the following diseases can result:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestos-related lung cancer
  • Asbestosis

All of these diseases can be fatal, but mesothelioma is worthy of particular mention due to its long latency period. Asbestos that enters the body can take decades to turn into a cancerous mesothelioma diagnosis, and this difficulty in diagnosing the disease leads to devastating consequences.

Mesothelioma victims who are diagnosed with the disease after 75 years of age, for example, have little more than a 25% chance to survive the disease one year after diagnosis. Patients between 65 and 74 do not fare much better, with approximately a 40% chance to survive one-year after diagnosis.

In short, this is a deadly disease that is impacting thousands of lives nationwide each year, and New Orleans has suffered as well.

New Orleans Asbestos Exposure

New Orleans’ parishes like Jefferson Parish and Orleans Parish have lost more lives to asbestos than any other Louisiana parish. CDC data indicates that an estimated 1,013 residents passed away from an asbestos-related disease in Jefferson Parish alone.

The known jobsites that have exposed New Orleans workers to asbestos are extensive. Some of the known jobsites include, but are not limited to:

  • Allen Towers
  • Avondale Shipyards, Inc.
  • Cabot Carbon Company
  • Chalmette Petroleum Corporation
  • Delta Norte
  • Delta Shipbuilding Corporation
  • Dupont
  • Fairmont Hotel
  • Louisiana Sugar Refining Company
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Monsanto
  • New Orleans Cotton Exposition
  • Northern Ships Agency

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma after working at these or any other asbestos exposure jobsite, talk to a New Orleans mesothelioma lawyer.

Talk to a New Orleans Mesothelioma Lawyer

The Ledger Law Firm represents New Orleans mesothelioma victims and family members who have been affected by this deadly disease after a wrongful asbestos exposure. Our team builds a strong case that proves your mesothelioma diagnosis was caused by a legally responsible party, which entitles you and your family to receive compensation for the wrongdoing.

Contact us online today to discuss your mesothelioma case against responsible parties who exposed you to asbestos in New Orleans.

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Mesothelioma treatment centers in Louisiana:

Mesothelioma is a difficult condition to treat as it usually takes years and sometimes even decades for the condition to become apparent. This is why early mesothelioma screening and diagnosis are crucial for survival. The following mesothelioma treatment centers in Louisiana have been established for mesothelioma screening and treatment: