Asbestos in Kentucky

Kentucky is a state known for its Bluegrass, its bourbon and its horse racing. It is also known for its coal mines and is regarded as a somewhat rural state with many manual labor jobs, which are considered at higher risk for occupational asbestos exposure.

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Court records show several Kentuckians filing asbestos-related lawsuits, some against in-state companies, others against national corporations.

Although Kentucky is home to well-known U.S. Army base Fort Campbell, built during the World War II era when asbestos products were prevalent, there is no evidence suggesting the base needs (or needed) asbestos abatement.

Occupational and Environmental Areas at Risk

Although there are no known naturally occurring asbestos deposits in Kentucky, mining metal works and construction industries exposed Kentucky residents to asbestos. Newport, Kentucky, received more than 170,000 tons of asbestos-contaminated vermiculite from Libby, Montana, over nearly five decades before shipments ended in the mid-1990s.

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Kentucky Mesothelioma &
Asbestosis Deaths, 1999-2013

  • 426 Mesothelioma Deaths
  • 56 Asbestosis Deaths
  • 482 Total Deaths

Treatment Centers near Kentucky

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

2220 Pierce Avenue, Nashville, TN 37232

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1365C Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Institute

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Institute

2049 East 100th Street, Cleveland, OH 44195

Allegheny General Hospital

Allegheny General Hospital

320 E. North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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Occupations considered high-risk in Kentucky:

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Danville and Asbestos

The small city of Danville, Kentucky, has dealt with more than its share of asbestos issues. In early 2006, survey crews discovered asbestos in floor tile adhesive in a grocery store scheduled for demolition. That discovery required the city to spend $10,000 to abate the store. Two years later, asbestos was found in the city hall boiler room. The city paid nearly $15,000 to have the asbestos removed.

Georgetown College and Asbestos

In January 2011, students living at Knight Hall at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, returned to school to find a steam pipe leaking inside a hard ceiling. Dean of Students Todd Gambill later confirmed the ceiling contained asbestos materials and arranged for abatement. The school did not order Knight Hall evacuated.

Asbestos Litigation

Kentucky’s courts have a history of ruling in favor of asbestos manufacturers, and the state’s laws tend to favor corporate defendants. For example, residents of Kentucky have a one-year statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit, which means a person must file suit no later than a year after the injury occurred. Most states allow two years.

When it comes to asbestos-related disease, Kentucky residents have one year to file suit from the day they were officially diagnosed with a disease like mesothelioma or asbestosis. While many asbestos lawsuits in Kentucky are settled out of court, few make it to trial. The ones that do go to trial tend to end in favor of defendants, though this isn’t always the case.

Some Kentucky residents may have other options regarding where their case could be tried in court. The legal doctrine known as “removal of jurisdiction” allows for a lawsuit to be moved from a state court to that state’s federal district court. This action can help plaintiffs have their case tried in a jurisdiction that doesn’t favor defendants as often as Kentucky.

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$32 Million Asbestos Verdict for Kentucky Resident

Kentucky resident Ronald Dummitt gained a $32 million judgment against a valve manufacturer after he proved he was exposed to asbestos while serving 18 years in the U.S. Navy. Dummitt, from Grayson, Kentucky, served on seven Navy vessels from 1960 to 1977, eventually becoming a Master Chief Petty Officer. While in the service, Dummitt was a boiler tender and replaced parts on ship boilers. Many of the parts, including gaskets and lagging pads, contained asbestos.

Dummitt developed pleural mesothelioma and filed suit against Crane Co., which made valves, and Elliott Turbomachinery Co., Inc., which manufactured de-aerating feed tanks, and the case was tried in the state of New York. The jury awarded Dummitt $16 million for past pain and suffering and an additional $16 million for future pain and suffering. Crane was deemed to have 99 percent liability, Elliot Turbomachinery 1 percent.

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