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Plaza Tower: A Reminder of Asbestos Risks in New Orleans

Posted by Laura Elkin | May 24, 2024

The Plaza Tower, a once-proud landmark of New Orleans, now stands as a somber reminder of the risks associated with asbestos exposure. At The Cheek Law Firm, we are deeply concerned about the potential health hazards posed by decaying buildings like the Plaza Tower, which contains asbestos.

Photograph taken by Laura Elkin at The Cheek Law Firm's New Orleans office.

Built in the late 1960s, the Plaza Tower was a symbol of modern architecture and innovation. However, over the years, neglect and decay have taken their toll, leaving the building in a state of disrepair. Like many older buildings, the Plaza Tower was constructed using materials that are now known to contain asbestos, a mineral fiber commonly used for its heat resistance and durability.

Asbestos, when disturbed, can release microscopic fibers into the air. Inhalation of these fibers can lead to serious health issues, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Unfortunately, the Plaza Tower's history of leaks, deferred maintenance, and exposure to the elements has created an environment where asbestos fibers may be present.

Recent events, such as a 2021 incident when debris falling from the tower and injuring a passerby, underscore the urgent need to address the safety hazards posed by the Plaza Tower. When something is eventually done to remodel or demolish the Plaza Tower, it is essential for individuals in the vicinity to take precautions to minimize their risk of asbestos exposure. The United States Department of Labor through the Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) recommends that workers and those around airborne asbestos fibers wear protective clothing and respirators. 

If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, it is crucial to seek medical attention and legal guidance promptly. Our firm is dedicated to assisting victims of asbestos exposure and holding accountable those responsible for their injuries. Please contact us for a consultation if you or a loved one has been affected by asbestos-related illnesses.

Together, we can raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and work towards a safer, healthier environment for all.

About the Author

Laura Elkin

Laura Elkin is a lawyer at The Cheek Law Firm, LLC who focuses on asbestos, product liability and appellate advocacy. Laura has always been passionate about helping others. Laura obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, suma cum laude, with a major in Psychology with a focus on Specia...

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