01. Laws and Regulations
Louisiana Asbestos Laws and Regulations
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality regulates asbestos laws and manages the process for licensing and training within the State of Louisiana.
Asbestos Detection Program in Louisiana
The Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Detection Program was instituted in 1988 by the Louisiana legislature. This program provides direction for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for the detection and abatement of friable asbestos-containing materials (and other hazardous substances) in the state’s schools and public buildings constructed in 1978 or earlier. It also sets guidelines around the maximum level of asbestos allowed, and what should be done if those levels are exceeded.
Asbestos Training and Licensing in Louisiana
Anyone who contracts to remove asbestos or asbestos-containing materials from a building in Louisiana must be properly trained and licensed by the State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC). This applies to material being removed during construction, renovation, repair work, or demolitions, and different types of accreditation are provided depending on the level of the contractor (asbestos worker, contractor, supervisor, inspector, asbestos management planner, or asbestos project designer). The Louisiana DEQ maintains a list of both training providers and licensed contractors.
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02. Asbestos Jobsites
Louisiana Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
Hundreds of commercial and military work sites throughout Louisiana have exposed unsuspecting workers to asbestos. We have listed below some of the most egregious jobsites and employers who have been named as defendants in mesothelioma lawsuits filed in Louisiana.
Louisiana Sites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
- Esso Standard Oil Company
- Exxon Refinery
- Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation
- Louisiana State University
- Standard Oil Company of Louisiana
- Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation
- Borden Chemical Company
- Freeport Sulphur Company
- Cities Service Refinery Corporation
- Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
- Ppg Industries Inc.
- Louisiana Power & Light Company
- Shell Oil Company
- Todd Shipyard
- United States Naval Station
- Shell Refinery
North Baton Rouge
- Allied Chemical Corporation
- Dow Chemical Powerhouse
- Gulf States Utilities Company
- American Cyanamid Company
- Louisiana Power & Light Company
Beyond the list above, asbestos exposure was prevalent at many other work sites in Louisiana as well. If the site where you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos is not on the list above, contact a lawyer to see if the job site where you worked had a history of exposing workers to asbestos.
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Mesothelioma Lawsuits Filed in Louisiana
Residents of Louisiana who lived in the following cities and towns have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to protect their rights and to seek compensation from negligent manufacturers and distributers of asbestos.
- Baton Rouge, LA
- Bogalusa, LA
- Calhoun, LA
- Covington, LA
- Gonzales, LA
- Harahan, LA
- Houma, LA
- Jena, LA
- Kenner, LA
- Kentwood, LA
- Lacombe, LA
- LaPlace, LA
- Leesville, LA
- Loranger, LA
- Mandeville, LA
- Marrero, LA
- Monroe, LA
- New Iberia, LA
- New Orleans, LA
- Praireville, LA
- Pride, LA
- River-Ridge, LA
- Roanoke, LA
- Ruston, LA
- Shreveport, LA
- St. Martinville, LA
- Terrytown, LA
- Thibodaux, LA
- West Monroe, LA
- Westwego, LA
Mesothelioma Settlements for Louisiana Residents
As a reference point, we have provided below a sampling of settlements achieved on behalf of Louisiana residents who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.
$6.8 MILLION: Office Worker – 68 years old
$4.7 MILLION: Jm Plantworker / Shipyard – 51 years old
$4.7 MILLION: Household – 72 years old
$4.7 MILLION: Household / Office Worker – 62 years old
$4.5 MILLION: Navy / Mechanic – 50 years old
$4.2 MILLION: Army / Machinist – 73 years old
$3.8 MILLION: Household / Nurse – 65 years old
$3.5 MILLION: Household / Navy – 76 years old
$3.5 MILLION: Laborer – 79 years old
$3.5 MILLION: Riveter / Welder – 75 years old
$3.4 MILLION: Mechanic – 58 years old
$3.0 MILLION: Engineer – 73 years old
$2.9 MILLION: Laborer – 86 years old
$2.8 MILLION: Drywaller – 82 years old
$2.7 MILLION: Welder – 75 years old
$2.3 MILLION: Household – 68 years old
Note: Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact a reputable Louisiana lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.
05. Law Firms
Mesothelioma Law Firms that Practice in Louisiana
The law firms listed below have a specific focus in representing mesothelioma victims. They either have filed lawsuits on behalf of Louisiana residents or have offices in Louisiana. Top mesothelioma law firms have the experience and knowledge necessary to work effectively and efficiently on your behalf.
Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national mesothelioma law firm recognized for its representation of over 3,000 hardworking men and women who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma. ELSM’s experience in asbestos litigation spans four decades.
At The Gori Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of people throughout the United States. This experience allows us to choose jurisdiction in which to file your case based on many factors including but not limited to state of residence, jobsites, and previous and current employers.
The attorneys at Landry & Swarr are focused on asbestos law and will fight for the rights of victims and their families. We have extensive experience representing families dealing with all types of occupational diseases including malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and toxic chemicals such as benzene.
As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a proven track record. Every mesothelioma lawyer at the firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.
Simon Greenstone Panatier Barlett, PC Our is comprised of experienced trial attorneys who possess knowledge and familiarity with asbestos-related diseases. We believe that those injured by careless asbestos exposure have the right to fair recompense for their suffering, and we are committed to holding the reckless companies responsible.
06. Filing Deadlines
Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations in Louisiana
When contemplating whether or not to file a legal complaint to seek compensation for injuries resulting from workplace asbestos exposure, it is important to understand the state by state time restrictions placed on doing so. If you fail to act in time, you can lose your rights to compensation. As mesothelioma has a long latency period, the rules surrounding legal deadlines can become somewhat complicated. The specific deadlines for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit in Louisiana are outlined in the table below.
Mesothelioma Filing Deadlines in Louisiana
1 year after mesothelioma diagnosis
1 year after death from mesothelioma
Gathering the evidence necessary to file a mesothelioma lawsuit can be time-consuming, so it is important to begin the process as soon as possible. Talk to a lawyer experienced with asbestos-related claims to make sure that you and your family do not lose your right to compensation.