Dow Chemical Company

Workers exposed to asbestos

Founded in 1897, Dow Chemical Company is currently a multinational chemical corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan. As the name suggests, it specializes in manufacturing various chemicals and chemical products, such as plastic and coating. It is worthy of note that two of the most important subsidiaries of the company are Union Carbide Corporation and Rohm and Haas. Dow Chemical Company is so large and renowned nowadays that it has facilities worldwide. Regrettably, people who had a job at this company between the 1920s and the 1980s were exposed to asbestos, which is why they should keep a close eye on their health today. If you worked for Dow Chemical Company and developed a disease related to occupational asbestos exposure, do not shy away from contacting our legal team, as you may be eligible for compensation.

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Dow Chemical Company employees exposed to asbestos

In addition to using tremendous amounts of asbestos during the last century, Dow Chemical Company is also notorious for manufacturing napalm and Agent Orange. Because the U.S. would drop napalm bombs on North Vietnam during the war, napalm was essential. Even though other companies decided to cease producing it at a certain point, Dow Chemical Company refused to stop manufacturing the volatile petrochemical.

When it comes to asbestos, a very important piece of news worth sharing is the verdict obtained by Sidney Mabile, a former worker who had developed mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure on the job. The company was hit with a whopping $5.95 million verdict in 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The largest chemical plant of Dow Chemical Company was located in Plaquemine, Louisiana, where Mabile used to work.

Alarmingly, certain sources claim that Dow Chemical Company is still using asbestos today, despite the fact that the employment of this carcinogenic mineral ceased at the end of the last century. The use of asbestos is prohibited for the manufacturing of new products, but the company is perhaps able to get away with using it because they do not make products per se, but chemicals that serve as ingredients in final products. According to these sources, the processing is 10% less expensive with asbestos use for Dow Chemical Company than it would be if they used a safe alternative.

The following occupational groups were exposed to asbestos by this company during the last century, as they were not required to wear protective equipment since the asbestos companies were striving to promote it as a safe mineral:

Because working in a chemical plant implies high temperatures, asbestos was crucial, as it has extraordinary resistance to extreme heat and fire. Furthermore, asbestos is also resistant to chemical corrosion, which made companies in this industry even more eager to use it. Chemical engineers, technicians, and other workers manufacture a wide range of products, including basic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, soap, resins, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic fibers and filaments. Producing these requires working with heat and chemicals that could harm employees if they are not wearing personal protective equipment.

However, even the protective gear chemical plant workers would wear during the last century was made of asbestos, as the fibers of the mineral would be woven into the fabric to offer durability and fireproof the equipment. The protective gear worn by chemical plant workers refers to aprons, gloves, and masks. They would also use blankets and cloth with asbestos to handle various hot components or machinery. Lastly, these employees would also be exposed to asbestos from insulation, as the mineral was also used to manufacture laboratory countertops resistant to heat and chemical reactions, being found in laboratory ovens as a liner and insulation.

Thousands of Dow Chemical Company employees began suffering from terrible diseases after 1980

If you are diagnosed with a cancerous disease, you or a family member will deal with our staff over the phone and via emails ONLY, no need to travel at all. If you pass away before or during the process, surviving family members will receive the amount awarded by the claims.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If you receive the diagnosis of a noncancerous disease, we will need to do more testing (X-rays, breathing, and blood tests) done at our medical facility in Birmingham, Alabama, where you will be accurately diagnosed.

Asbestosis Pulmonary Fibrosis Pleural Plaques Pleural Effusion Diffuse Pleural Thickening COPD Emphysema Chronic Bronchitis Pleurisy Lung Nodules Lung Spots Asthma Tuberculosis Pneumonitis Rounded Atelectasis Lung Scarring Bladder Cancer

Secondary asbestos exposure, a serious concern for the family members of Dow Chemical Company workers

Occurring when a person inhales or ingests asbestos fibers from indirect sources, secondary asbestos exposure was quite common among the families of Dow Chemical Company employees during the last century. It was actually extremely prevalent in the homes of chemical plant workers in general. Because employees would handle asbestos products such as insulation and blankets directly, without protective equipment, they would inevitably release toxic fibers in the air, and some of these fibers would end up on their clothes, hair, and skin.

Upon returning home, their wives would breathe in asbestos fibers when laundering the work clothes of their husbands, while their children would be exposed to asbestos when greeting and hugging their fathers. Since no amount of asbestos in the body is safe, people who lived under the same roof as a Dow Chemical Company worker are at risk of developing a disease related to asbestos themselves. If you are in this awful situation, you should give us a phone call, as we may be able to help you get financial compensation for your unjust suffering.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

Sadly, many victims of asbestos exposure fail or refuse to seek compensation for their distress while alive, either because they pass away suddenly after receiving their diagnosis or because they fear a long and complicated legal process. However, contrary to popular belief, recovering compensation in a case of occupational asbestos exposure is easier than you imagine by virtue of the existence of asbestos trust funds.

If you lost a family member to a disease caused by workplace asbestos exposure and they had not taken legal action before their demise, you can file a wrongful death claim to obtain financial compensation on their behalf. While the sum of money you will get will be smaller, it can still prove useful, such as to cover the funeral expenses or the past medical expenses of your loved one. Deciding to work with our law firm is a very wise idea, as we specialize in toxic exposure.