The City of Lafayette is the parish seat of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. Located on the Vermilion River, Lafayette has a population of just over 120,600. Founded in 1821 as Vermilionville, Lafayette received its current name in 1884, after an existing town with the same name was annexed into New Orleans. Lafayette was primarily an agricultural community until the mid-20th century, and the development of the oil and natural gas industries. Healthcare, retail and tourism have also expanded in recent years. Notable employers in Lafayette include Lafayette General Medical Center, ASH Industries, Schlumberger. Lafayette is also home to a campus of the University of Louisiana.
Named for a popular Revolutionary war hero, Lafayette Parish was created in 1823, and Vermilionville, which would later become the city of Lafayette, was chosen as the parish seat. The city became a center for finance and government, as well as commercial trading. As in many Louisiana cities sugar, rice and cotton were the chief crops grown on plantations such as Ile Copal and Magnolia. Although the plantation system collapsed after the Civil War, agriculture remained strong until the 1940s. The Lafayette Sugar Refining Company was incorporated in 1895 and operated until 1922, when the factory was destroyed by fire. The Southern Pacific railroad ran a branch through Lafayette in 1880, and in 1896 the Lafayette Utilities system was created to provide municipal light and water. The first oil well was drilled in 1901. Family farms and WPA construction projects helped pull the city through the years of the Great Depression. Family-owned businesses like Mike Baker Brick Company grew alongside oil companies such as Badger Oil Corporation, Halliburton and Gulfport Energy Corporation.
Lafayette has a history of heavy industry and construction, concentrated during a period when asbestos-containing materials were widely used. Workers and their loved ones who have been exposed to asbestos may be at risk for pleural mesothelioma. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Lafayette, you should also consider contacting a mesothelioma attorney for legal advice.
Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Lafayette
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Lafayette where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.
- Bonin Steam Plant
- Ca Rodemacher
- Doc Bonin Power Station
- Lafayette High School
- Lafayette Municipal Plant
- Lafayette Sugar Refining Company
- Lafayette Utility System
- Louis Doc Bonin Station
- Louisiana Energy and Power Authority
- Mike Baker Brick Company
- Northside High School Gymnasium
- Southern Gulf Operators
- Southwest Louisiana Institute
Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Lafayette, Louisiana
Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Louisiana, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.
Asbestos Related News in Louisiana
Asbestos was recently discovered in the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse, causing it to shut down while contractors remove it. Read more at Mesothelioma.com.
Former employee of ten years at Avondale Shipyard is suing the company for damages from asbestos exposure, which has led to silicosis disease.