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According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) more than 10,000 Americans will die each year as a result of asbestos exposure.

Massachusetts 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 2900 tons of asbestos was shipped into Massachusetts throughout the 20th century. To date, Massachusetts has had more than 400 sites state wide that has 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 Massachusetts occurred between the years 1920-1980, but cases of new exposures are still being reported. The highest amounts of asbestos were found in the counties of Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Essex and Suffolk. Asbestos was used extensively in: shipyards, oil refineries, construction sites, commercial buildings, factories, residential buildings, manufacturing plants, steel mills, power plants, iron mills, industrial plants, academic buildings, schools, libraries, museums, retirement homes, banks, and in many historic buildings.

Massachusetts 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.

Massachusetts 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.

Massachusetts is also home to numerous naturally occurring asbestos sites. One site is located in the western region of Pittsfield, another was found near the Harvard Forest near the Quabbin Reservoir. In the past, Massachusetts was also the site of asbestos mining operations in the central and western parts of the state.

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 upward to 40 years to manifest making a diagnosis difficult. Massachusetts currently ranks 11th in the U.S. for Malignant Mesothelioma Deaths. Because of the delayed onset of symptoms, many Massachusetts residents and workers are currently at risk. Massachusetts residents exposed to asbestos as far back as the 1940s are still developing asbestos related illnesses today.

Massachusetts Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Claims

Over the last 20 years, close to 10,000 people in Massachusetts have been injured by asbestos. More than 1300-1700 Massachusetts residents have died from asbestos related diseases, with over half of fatalities resulting from 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, weight loss, finger clubbing and swelling of the face or neck.

Currently there are two types of Mesothelioma Claims:

  1. Mesothelioma Personal Injury Claims: where a claim is filed by a person diagnosed with Mesothelioma
  2. 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 Massachusetts. Massachusetts is currently ranked 9th in the U.S. for pending asbestos related lawsuits. The statute of limitations is 3 years from the occurrence of a wrongful death or a diagnosis of Mesothelioma. Massachusetts 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.

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 Massachusetts:

$3.5 Million dollars was awarded to a U.S. Navy veteran who was stationed in Massachusetts as a power plant worker that developed Mesothelioma at age 76.

$1.7 Million dollars verdict ruled on behalf of a Massachusetts carpenter who developed Malignant Mesothelioma.

$1.3 Million dollars was awarded to a Massachusetts woman that developed Malignant Mesothelioma from second hand asbestos exposure while washing her husband’s work clothing in the laundry.

$1.5 Million verdict was ruled in favor of a 62 year old Massachusetts construction worker that developed Mesothelioma after years of asbestos exposure.

$2.1 Million dollars was awarded to a Massachusetts shipyard worker that developed Malignant Mesothelioma at age 69.

$2.5 Million dollar settlement was awarded to a Massachusetts Plumber who developed Mesothelioma after asbestos exposure on the job.

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