January 18th is recognized as National Michigan Day. It is unclear why this day was chosen to celebrate the Mitten state but it is a day to reflect on the rich history and resources the State of Michigan has to offer. Just a few weeks later on January 26th, Michigan celebrates its 186th birthday! Yet another day to celebrate the Great Lakes State.
Originally explored by the French who discovered iron and copper, the state quickly became an industrial powerhouse. It became American territory in 1783 and took on the name Michigan – a French variant of the Ojibwe word ‘Mishigami’ which means ‘large water or lake’. On January 26th, 1837, Michigan officially became the 26th state.
Michigan is the 10th largest state by population and the 11th largest by area. It is the largest state east of the Mississippi River. While Michigan’s capital is in Lansing, the largest city in Michigan is Detroit. The only state with more water than Michigan is Alaska. Once known for its bustling mining and logging business, today Michigan is widely known for being the home of the automotive industry.
Individuals who work in the automotive industry, are among workers who have a higher than average risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. In Michigan, the heart of the Rust Belt of America, asbestos exposure rates are particularly high. Michigan was historically one of the top producers of automotive materials that contained asbestos. It was not until the 1980s that the US government started regulating asbestos in the automotive industry, meaning that many automotive workers were—and still are—at risk. For more information about the potential for automotive industry workers, visit: Automotive Industry.
While asbestos is no longer used in the automotive industry today, many modern-day auto mechanics may be working with cars, trucks, and associated parts that are decades old. Individuals who have worked on cars, trucks, and associated parts created from the 1930s and forward are at risk of asbestos exposure. If you or a loved one worked in the automotive industry and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, fill out a free case evaluation here to see if you are eligible for compensation.
Serling & Abramson, P.C. are proud to have strong connections with tradesmen, unions, attorneys, schools, and other businesses across the great state of Michigan. Our firm’s founder, Michael Serling, was the first attorney to successfully litigate an asbestos-related claim in the State of Michigan. Additionally, our firm has represented hundreds of Michigan schools in the fight against asbestos. Learn more about our firm’s rich history.