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Workplace and military asbestos exposure in Michigan has been a serious issue. Prolonged asbestos exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Because treatments for these conditions can be expensive, you may wish to consult a local lawyer who can help you get compensation and hold responsible companies accountable for their negligence. Read more about legal options available to you in Michigan.

01. Laws and Regulations

Michigan Asbestos Laws and Regulations

The State of Michigan has delegated oversight of its asbestos laws to its Construction Safety and Health Division through an Asbestos Program implemented in September 1986.

Asbestos Training and Licensing in Michigan

Michigan requires the completion of training program approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the state’s Asbestos Program before someone can be accredited and licensed as an asbestos worker, supervisor, project designer, inspector or management planner. The amount of training required differs depending on the type of asbestos work the individual wishes to perform. To receive accreditation, the person must complete any required initial or refresher training, along with any necessary work experience (depending on the level of accreditation they are seeking). Licensing is available only to individuals or companies who have proof of asbestos accreditation and worker’s compensation insurance.

Asbestos Notification and Compliance in Michigan

Before removing or encapsulating friable asbestos as part of a building renovation, repair, or demolition, contractors must first file a project notification with Michigan’s Asbestos Program at least 10 days before the start date. (Emergency asbestos abatement does not require this notification.) During the asbestos removal/encapsulation project, the Michigan Asbestos Program may visit the project site to assess abatement activities or to respond to complaints related to unsafe practices. Abatement of asbestos-containing materials in schools requires a review of the written management plan as mandated by the Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA).

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Michigan Work Sites Involved in Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Many residents of Michigan who worked at large commercial or military sites were unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Hundreds of major sites throughout Michigan and the employers who managed them have put unsuspecting workers at risk for exposure to asbestos. Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of numerous people who worked at the following sites in Michigan.

Asbestos Exposure at Michigan Job Sites

  • Bay City

    • Consumers Power Company
    • Defoe Shipbuilding Corporation
    • Dow Chemical Bay Plant
  • Dearborn

    • Ford Motor Company
    • Ford Rouge
  • Delray

    • Scott Paper Company
  • Detroit

    • Chevrolet Motor Plant
    • General Motors Corporation
    • GMC Buick-Olds-Pontiac
  • East Lansing

    • Michigan State University
  • Ecorse

    • Great Lakes Steel Corporation
  • Erie

    • Consumers Power Company
  • Essexville

    • Consumers Power Company
  • Flint

    • Buick Plant
    • Dupont Chemical
    • Fisher Body Corporation
  • Grand Rapids

    • Kent Castings Company
  • Kalamazoo

    • Kalamazoo State Hospital
  • Lansing

    • General Motors Corporation
  • Midland

    • Dow Chemical Company
  • Monroe

    • Detroit Edison Company
  • Muskegon

    • Palisades Nuclear Power Plant
  • Wyandotte

    • Mcclouth Steel
    • Wyandotte Chemical Company

In addition to the list above, asbestos exposure has occurred at many other locations in Michigan as well. If the site where you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos is not on the list above, contact an attorney to see if the job site in question had a history of exposing workers to asbestos.

03. Lawsuits

Mesothelioma Lawsuits Filed in Michigan

Michigan residents living in the following towns and cities have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to protect their rights and seek compensation from manufacturers and distributers of asbestos.

  • Algonac, MI
  • Bay City, MI
  • Bear Lake, MI
  • Beverly Hills, MI
  • Bloomingdale, MI
  • Boyne City, MI
  • Bridgman, MI
  • Brighton, MI
  • Brooklyn, MI
  • Burton, MI
  • Canton, MI
  • Charlotte, MI
  • Cheboygan, MI
  • Chesaning, MI
  • Clarkston, MI
  • Clinton, MI
  • Coldwater, MI
  • Davison, MI
  • Detroit, MI
  • East China, MI
  • East Tawas, MI
  • Ecorse, MI
  • Escanaba, MI
  • Essexville, MI
  • Evart, MI
  • Fennville, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Fowlerville, MI
  • Frankenmuth, MI
  • Fremont, MI
  • Grand Blanc, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Grosse Ile, MI
  • Hale, MI
  • Hartford, MI
  • Holland, MI
  • Holly, MI
  • Howell, MI
  • Hudsonville, MI
  • Indian River, MI
  • Iron Mountain, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Kentwood, MI
  • Lake, MI
  • Lake Orion, MI
  • Lapeer, MI
  • Leonidas, MI
  • Livonia, MI
  • Lyons, MI
  • Macomb, MI
  • Mancelona, MI
  • Manistee, MI
  • Marne, MI
  • Mason, MI
  • Middleville, MI
  • Midland, MI
  • Millington, MI
  • Mt. Pleasant, MI
  • Munising, MI
  • Muskegon, MI
  • Negaunee, MI
  • Olivet, MI
  • Otsego, MI
  • Pinckney, MI
  • Pinconning, MI
  • Pontiac, MI
  • Saint Charles, MI
  • Sebewaing, MI
  • Shelbyville, MI
  • South Boardman, MI
  • Spring Lake, MI
  • St. Joseph, MI
  • Standish, MI
  • Sturgis, MI
  • Tecumseh, MI
  • Traverse City, MI
  • Troy, MI
  • Union Lake, MI
  • Union Pier, MI
  • Warren, MI
  • Waterford, MI
  • Whitmore Lake, MI
  • Wyandotte, MI
  • Zeeland, MI
04. Settlements

Mesothelioma Settlements Obtained for Michigan Workers

As a reference point, we have provided below a sampling of settlements achieved on behalf of Michigan residents who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.

  • $6.9 MILLION: Plantworker – 63 years old
  • $5.5 MILLION: Household – 45 years old
  • $5.0 MILLION: Navy / Pipefitter – 68 years old
  • $3.8 MILLION: Household – 70 years old
  • $3.1 MILLION: Marines / Plantworker – 81 years old
  • $2.8 MILLION: Machinist Mate / Pipefitter – 81 years old
  • $2.5 MILLION: Laborer – 69 years old
  • $2.2 MILLION: Household – 48 years old
  • $2.2 MILLION: Plantworker – 62 years old
  • $2.1 MILLION: Navy– 60 years old

Note: Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact a reputable Michigan lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.

05. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Law Firms that Practice in Michigan

The law firms listed below have a specific focus in representing mesothelioma victims. They either have filed lawsuits on behalf of Michigan residents or have offices in Michigan. These mesothelioma law offices have the experience and knowledge necessary to work effectively and efficiently on your behalf.

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national 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.

Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.

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.

Simmons Hanly Conroy

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.

06. Filing Deadlines

Michigan Mesothelioma Filing Deadlines

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 Michigan are outlined in the table below.

Michigan Mesothelioma Lawsuit Deadlines
Personal Injury

3 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

3 years after death from mesothelioma

To avoid missing a filing deadline, one must begin to gather evidence and file a claim quickly. The best way to do so is to hire a lawyer who is experienced with asbestos-related claims. Failing to act before the statute of limitations runs out could result in a loss of the right to compensation for you or your family.

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