Maryland, a Mid-Atlantic state in the U.S., has several links to asbestos exposure and asbestos-related illnesses. Maryland has 22 sites where deposits of naturally occurring asbestos exist, including the BOK Mines Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) site in Baltimore County. Additionally, Maryland is home to a significant number of shipyards, construction companies, power plants, and factories. All these enterprises were large-scale asbestos users until the 1980s. Many workers who were exposed to asbestos containing materials while working in these industries have contracted diseases such as malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
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Maryland Asbestos History
Though Maryland has several deposits of naturally occurring asbestos, most asbestos-related deaths in the state were caused by occupational exposure to the toxic mineral. All major Maryland industries widely used asbestos until the 1970s, especially in products such as insulation, roofing tiles, flooring materials, gaskets and insulation. The dangerous mineral was even used in protective fire-resistant clothing. The industries that heavily relied on asbestos include: shipbuilders; mining companies; electrical power companies; chemical manufacturers; steel mills; automobile repair shops; construction companies; heavy industrial manufacturers; government agencies; paper cement manufacturers; and product manufacturers.
Maryland Job Sites Known for Asbestos Problems
Maryland is located on the coast of Atlantic Ocean and is an important player in the shipbuilding industry. Throughout most part of the twentieth century, shipyards like the Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard in Sparrows Point and Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay (near Baltimore) built numerous ships with a number of components made using asbestos. These components include: steam pipes, boilers, and several other heat-generating parts. Thousands of employees have died from asbestos-related conditions such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis because of their exposure to the dangerous mineral at the following Baltimore shipyards: Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard; Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard; Key Highway Shipyard; Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard; and Maryland Drydock Co.
Maryland Power Stations with Asbestos Issues
Until the 1980s, all power stations in Maryland were constructed with large amounts of asbestos for safety purpose. As in the heavy manufacturing and shipbuilding industries, power stations also used asbestos containing materials due to its ability to resist excess heat and corrosion. Here are some Maryland power stations known for asbestos problems:
- Baltimore Gas and Electric Co (Baltimore)
- Brandon Shores power plant (Glen Burnie)
- Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (1650 Calvert Cliffs Pkwy, Lusby)
- Chalk Point Generating Station (25100 Chalk Point Rd, Aquasco)
- Charles P. Crane Generating Station (Carroll Island Road, Bowleys Quarters)
- Dickerson Generating Station (Dickerson)
- Herbert A. Wagner Generating Station (Glen Burnie)
- Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) (21204 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson)
- Northern Electric Co (Baltimore)
- Potomac Electric Co (Aquasco)
- Warrior Run Generating Station (11600 Mexico Farm Rd SE, Cumberland)
Additional Maryland Job Sites with Asbestos Problems
- Anchor Packing Co (Baltimore)
- Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co, Cumberland
- Bethesda National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda
- Naval Ordnance Lab (White Oak)
- Porter Hayden Co (Baltimore)
- Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (Cumberland)
Maryland Asbestos Statistics
According to the U.S. Environmental Working Group, Maryland ranks 14th in the country in deaths linked to asbestos exposure. Between 1979 and 2001, there were 633 deaths from asbestosis. During this period, according to the EWG, more than 700 people died from malignant mesothelioma. The total number of fatalities linked to asbestos exposure was approximately 1350.
Medical Assistance in Maryland
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Bldg
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Maryland Statute of Limitations on Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawsuits
Under Code Ann. § 5-101 et seq., asbestos-related suits have to be filed within 3 years of the disease diagnosis date. Asbestos-related wrongful death suits must be filed within three years from the actual death date of the victim.
Hire a Maryland Mesothelioma Lawyer
If you, a family member, or a loved one has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma or other asbestos-induced injuries, you are likely to be eligible for significant compensation. To find and consult a top Maryland mesothelioma lawyer, call us now at 1-800-706-5606 or fill out and submit our contact form.