According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) more than 10,000 Americans will die each year as a result of asbestos exposure.
Rhode Island is a state with a long history of industrial growth. Asbestos was once widely used throughout the state in many different industries because of its heat and fire resistant properties. More than 70,000 tons of asbestos was shipped into Rhode Island throughout the 20th century. To date, Rhode Island has had many locations state wide that have at one point reported asbestos exposure. Many people have spent years working alongside asbestos fibers and asbestos related products, often without their knowledge or any form of protective equipment.
Residents living close to naturally occurring asbestos sites and construction zones have also been unknowingly exposed to asbestos. The highest rates of asbestos exposure in the state of Rhode Island occurred between the years 1920-1980, but cases of new exposures are still being reported. The highest amounts of asbestos exposures took place in Providence County, Kent County and Washington County.
Asbestos was used extensively in shipyards, oil refineries, construction sites, commercial buildings, factories, residential buildings, military bases, manufacturing plants, steel mills, power plants, iron mills, industrial plants, academic buildings, schools, libraries, museums, retirement homes, banks, and in many historic buildings. Textile mills and shipyards played the greatest roles in the development of Rhode Island’s economy. The textile industry was also one of the largest contributors of asbestos exposure during the 20th century and the shipyard industry was responsible for the exposure of ship builders and sailors alike.
Any workers who worked on ships or maintained them between the 1930’s through the 1970’s were placed at high risk of asbestos exposure due to the types of materials and equipment used during that time period. Naval Station Newport, Naval Air Station Quonset Point and the Walsh-Kaiser Shipyard had the highest reported cases of asbestos exposure and injury in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Workers and Asbestos Exposure
Workers from many professions have been placed at risk of asbestos exposure. Exposure could have taken place at any time, from the initial construction of a building, to any renovation or during a demolition. The most common professions to suffer asbestos exposure include: insulators, plumbers, pipe fitters, shipyard workers, electricians, auto mechanics, oil refinery workers, sheet metal workers, miners, military personnel, veterans, and construction workers.
Rhode Island workers even brought home asbestos fibers on their clothes and in their hair, subsequently exposing their friends and family members to dangerous levels of asbestos. Many industries relied on products that contained asbestos. Those employed were exposed to asbestos located in job sites and in equipment. Common pieces of equipment used containing asbestos particles were: ship building equipment, engines, pipe fitting systems, electrical insulation, flooring, ceiling tiles, boilers, pipes, heating systems, furnaces, vents, paints, cement, roofing materials, brakes, drywall and any other heat or fire resistant clothing.
Despite the state’s small size, Rhode Island is home to a few naturally occurring asbestos sites. The US Geological Survey reported a site in the north-eastern region of the state that at one time had asbestos activity. Naturally occurring asbestos deposits have also been found near Diamond Hill and Cumberland.
Exposure to asbestos has been proven to cause a variety of fatal health conditions including Mesothelioma and Asbestosis. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure; it is found in the tissues that surround the lungs, heart and abdomen. Symptoms can take upwards of 40 years to manifest making a diagnosis difficult. Rhode Island currently ranks 37th in the U.S. for Malignant Mesothelioma Deaths. Because of the delayed onset of symptoms, many Rhode Island residents and workers are currently at risk. Rhode Island residents exposed to asbestos as far back as the 1940s are still developing asbestos related illnesses today.
Rhode Island Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Claims
Over the last 20 years, hundreds of people in Rhode Island have been injured by asbestos. More than 294 Rhode Island residents have died from asbestos related diseases. Close to 197 of those fatalities resulted from Mesothelioma. In Providence County alone, 167 people lost their lives to asbestos-related diseases. 111 of those lives were lost due to Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an incurable disease with a brief life expectancy following a diagnosis.
Symptoms include: cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, fever, anemia, bowel obstruction, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, difficulty swallowing, weight loss, finger clubbing and swelling of the face or neck.
Currently there are two types of Mesothelioma Claims:
- Mesothelioma Personal Injury Claims: where a claim is filed by a person diagnosed with Mesothelioma
- Mesothelioma Wrongful Death: in which a claim is filed by family members of a person who has passed away from Mesothelioma
Victims of asbestos and those diagnosed with Mesothelioma are entitled to compensation in the form of:
- Reimbursement for loss of wages
- Medical expenses
- Funeral cost
- Pain and Suffering
- Physical Impairment
- Medical Expenses
- Economic Damages
- Emotional Distress
- End-of-Life Expenses
- Future Medical Bills
- Loss of Income
- Loss of Parental Care
- Loss of Spouse
- Product Liability
- Punitive Damages
- Monetary Compensation
- Any other expenses not covered by a patient’s insurance coverage.
While no amount of compensation can be made for damages caused by asbestos and related diseases, monetary compensation can help with any economic hardship brought on by this terrible ordeal. Monetary compensation can also assist with end of life expenses and make a difference in the lives of family members who are left behind by victims of an irresponsible industry. Asbestos Manufacturers have placed the lives of millions of Americans at risk for the sake of profits. The dangers of asbestos were even withheld from workers despite numerous medical journals at the time placing asbestos at the epicenter of many health risks.
As the number of diagnosed cases of Mesothelioma increased, so did the number of lawsuits in the state of Rhode Island. The statute of limitations to file a asbestos-related claim in Rhode Island is 3 years from the occurrence of a wrongful death or 3 years from the diagnosis of Mesothelioma.
Rhode Island law entitles victims of asbestos exposure to receive compensation for damages related to any asbestos related injury. In order to receive the appropriate compensation, a law firm will need to know: what type of mesothelioma one has been diagnosed with, if the disease can be treated, the dates of exposure, and where the exposure took place. Also any information regarding the types of products used that led to exposure and which companies could be held liable. This information can be attained through the combined efforts of a victim in need of compensation and the law firm that will represent them. If a victim fails to file a claim within the statute of limitations, then the victim or the victim’s family can be forever barred from receiving compensation.
Those responsible for damages are asbestos manufacturers, landlords and any companies that were involved in the shipment of asbestos. There is also a greater liability for companies that willfully employed personnel at worksites that were known to have levels of asbestos, but failed to warn their employees or take appropriate action to minimize health risks.
Here is a list of successful cases that ruled in favor of those injured in the state of Rhode Island:
$2 Million dollar verdict was ruled on behalf of a 50 year-old Rhode Island Shipyard Worker who developed Mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos.
$2 Million dollars was awarded to a 38 year-old Pawtucket, Rhode Island Mechanic. He developed Mesothelioma after working extensively with break and clutch parts throughout his career.
Rhode Island Mesothelioma Legal Help
We help Mesothelioma patients and their families make educated decisions about how to start with filing asbestos and Mesothelioma claims. We will also recommend an experienced Rhode Island Mesothelioma Lawyer or Rhode Island Mesothelioma Doctor to help you get your claim started.
We have a Mesothelioma Helpline - Toll Free: 800.291.0963 that is available 24/7 to talk with a live Mesothelioma Help Center counselor. We understand that those dealing with asbestos cancers face a number of challenges, including the tremendous costs of Mesothelioma treatment.
We have helped many families get experienced legal and medical help for their Mesothelioma cancer and asbestos cancer cases. We will actually walk you through the process of contacting an experienced Rhode Island Mesothelioma lawyer that we have worked with to get you the best possible settlement for your Rhode Island Mesothelioma claim.
Rhode Island Mesothelioma Lawyer - Experience
Deciding which Rhode Island Mesothelioma law firm to represent you and your case is very important.
Choosing the right lawyer will also be important to your Rhode Island Mesothelioma settlement.
Many Mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancer cases in Rhode Island have settled or received multi-million dollar verdicts.
Mesothelioma cases are not restricted to just one state. Filings are usually in multiple states.
Mesothelioma cases are contingency based cases. This means that no money should be paid by you. Mesothelioma lawyers earn their money only if they win you case. You are entitled to an experienced Rhode Island Mesothelioma lawyer that has a track record of success in Rhode Island asbestos lawsuits.
Experience - The Mesothelioma Help Center has been helping Rhode Island Mesothelioma victims and their families for more than 12 years.
- It has been well documented for many years that asbestos exposure can result in the development of deadly cancers, particularly Mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20 to 50 years after the first exposure to asbestos. It is estimated that there will be about 250,000 cases of Mesothelioma before 2020.
- There are currently about 3000 new cases of Mesothelioma diagnosed per year, mostly in men over the age of 40.
- About 4,000 People die each year from Mesothelioma. During the 20th century, some 30 million tons of asbestos were used in industrial sites, homes, schools, shipyards and commercial buildings in the U. S.
- More than 700,000 people have filed claims against more than 6,000 Asbestos companies.
- The number of Mesothelioma and asbestos related victims is projected to increase steadily over the next 10 years.
- According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) more than 10,000 Americans will die each year as a result of asbestos exposure.
- One out of every 125 American men who die over the age of 50 will die from an asbestos related cancer.
- Asbestos companies knew of the dangers of asbestos exposure in Rhode Island for many years before ever warning the public of those risks. It is thought that around eight million people in the United States have been exposed to asbestos over the past half a century, and many more asbestos related cancer cases are expected to be reported in the next 25 years.
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