Tennessee Valley Authority

Workers exposed to asbestos

Created in 1933, Tennessee Valley Authority is a major part of the electric utility industry. In addition to Tennessee, the services the company provides cover some areas of Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky, as well as small portions of Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. Although it is owned by the federal government, Tennessee Valley Authority receives no taxpayer funding and operates as a for-profit company. Two of the most important facilities of the company are Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in Hollywood, Alabama, and Widows Creek Fossil Plant in Stevenson, Alabama. Sadly, the company exposed workers to asbestos to a great extent during the last century, as the mineral would insulate plenty of equipment and machinery in all the facilities of Tennessee Valley Authority. If you worked for this company and came to struggle with a disease related to asbestos exposure, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm, as you may be entitled to compensation.

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Tennessee Valley Authority employees exposed to asbestos

One of the primary reasons asbestos was present in power plants during the last century was to protect machinery prone to overheating from catching fire or exploding. Insulation that contained asbestos could be found on boilers, pipes, and turbines. Asbestos would also increase the lifespan of the machinery and equipment in power plants. Power plant workers were exposed to asbestos insulation and other asbestos products when they would perform maintenance and repairs. For instance, employees would cut through the insulation to fit it to the equipment, which usually released asbestos fibers in the air they would subsequently breathe.

The following are the occupational groups with the highest risk of asbestos exposure in power plants between the 1920s and the 1980s:

Over the years, the asbestos used as insulation on various machinery, equipment, and components would become brittle and crumble, which made exposure very easy to occur. By disturbing old asbestos insulation, even slightly, a worker could release a lot of toxic asbestos dust. This would also pose a health threat to the other employees working nearby. Furthermore, workers who had to handle hot equipment had to wear protective gear containing asbestos such as gloves, aprons, and masks to shield themselves from burns. They would also use asbestos blankets and cloth to move components from one place to another. Fabrics containing asbestos fibers are very dangerous, as they can easily cause carcinogenic particles to become airborne.

Asbestos related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

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

If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.

Secondary asbestos exposure, a serious concern for the family members of Tennessee Valley Authority workers

During the last century, the families of power plant workers would experience secondary asbestos exposure frequently, as these employees were not required to change their clothes at the end of the day. Therefore, they would bring asbestos dust home. While their wives would inhale and ingest asbestos fibers when laundering their work clothes, their children would come in contact with the harmful mineral when greeting and hugging their fathers upon coming back home. The longer the worker had their job at the power plant, the higher the risk of family members developing diseases related to asbestos exposure.

If you developed a disease that seems to stem from secondary asbestos exposure and lived in the same house as a Tennessee Valley Authority employee, we urge you to contact our attorneys, as you may be eligible for compensation from the responsible company. Filing a claim for secondary asbestos exposure is similar to filing a regular claim for the same reason. Your participation in the legal process will be minimal, as we are aware that asbestos exposure victims are generally in a lot of pain and are also busy undergoing medical tests and getting the treatment they need. Eventually, you will benefit from the largest sum of money available for your health problem.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

Unfortunately, many people whose health was affected by asbestos exposure refuse or fail to seek the financial compensation they deserve for their unfair suffering. This is either because they pass away sooner than expected or because they are afraid of a never-ending legal process that would take up a lot of their time. However, if you are the surviving family member of a former Tennessee Valley Authority worker who was struggling with a disease caused by occupational asbestos exposure, you can file a wrongful death claim on their behalf if they had not done it while alive.

To file a wrongful death claim, you will first have to get in touch with our legal team and explain your situation in detail. Afterward, you will be asked to send us basic documents as evidence, such as the employment and medical records of your departed loved one and their death certificate. Our attorneys will carefully review your case, and if they deem you eligible to file a wrongful death claim, they will promptly begin attending to it. In the end, you will benefit from the compensation you are entitled to on behalf of your lost family member.