New Hampshire Asbestos-Related Deaths from 1999-2017
Asbestos Exposure in New Hampshire
Paper mills, shipyards, power plants, and textile mills were all industrial sites known for asbestos exposure in New Hampshire.
Shipyards and Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos was often used as an insulator on naval and commercial ships in engine rooms and boiler rooms. The heat resistant properties of asbestos and low cost made it a commonly used material on many commercial and military vessels. As a result, shipbuilders and shipyard workers were often exposed to hazardous asbestos fibers.
Power Plants and Asbestos
Asbestos insulation on pipes and boilers in power plants also created hazards for workers in those facilities as well. Workers who operated, maintained, or repaired asbestos-insulated equipment and machinery in power plants may have been exposed to asbestos fibers.
Asbestos in Manufacturing
Workers in the textile industry in New Hampshire used asbestos to insulate machinery and asbestos was often used to make heat resistant, protective clothing. Asbestos fibers could easily be inhaled when workers spun asbestos threading into fabric. Exposure also occurred during the repair and operation of machinery that was insulated with asbestos materials. When toxic asbestos fibers are disturbed they can become airborne and inhaled. Inhaling asbestos can lead to the development of deadly asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Johns-Manville Corporation, an insulation and roofing manufacturer, operated a plant in a New Hampshire. The plant produced asbestos tiles and asbestos plates from 1900 to 1985. Workers in the plant were frequently exposed to asbestos materials and fibers.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated A.C. Lawrence Leather and Davidson Property as asbestos-contaminated Superfund sites. Both sites were eventually cleared by the EPA after extensive cleanup efforts.
Below is a partial list of work sites in New Hampshire with known asbestos exposure:
Partial list of work sites in New Hampshire with known asbestos exposure
- Brown Paper Mill
- General Electric Company
- Johns-Manville Plant
- Monadnock Paper Mills
- Schiller Station Power Plant
- University of New Hampshire
Statute of Limitations to File Mesothelioma Claim in New Hampshire
There is a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit for mesothelioma that varies for each state called the statute of limitations. This means if you do not file within the time limit, you will never be able to pursue legal action or obtain compensation. It’s important that you take legal action within this time frame so you do not miss out on receiving the compensation you may deserve. Contact us here to learn more about how we can help.
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What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a deadly and rare form of malignant cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. The most common forms of mesothelioma are: pleural and peritoneal. Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Victims with pleural mesothelioma may have respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue. Victims with peritoneal mesothelioma may have abdominal swelling, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.
The latency period for mesothelioma is very long. The average latency period is about 30 years, but can be shorter than 15 years or longer than 40 years. This means individuals with mesothelioma may take decades to present symptoms from the time they were exposed to asbestos.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by asbestos exposure. When asbestos is inhaled the fibers irritate and scar the lining of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. The lungs become stiff and cannot expand and contract normally. Symptoms of asbestosis are shortness of breath, chest pain, and a dry, persistent cough. Like mesothelioma, the latency period for asbestosis is very long. Symptoms may not present for 10 to 40 years after asbestos exposure.
Military Asbestos Exposure
It is extremely important to know that our attorneys do not sue the military. We seek accountability from the asbestos companies that sold dangerous asbestos products to the military.
Members of all branches of the military may have been exposed to asbestos before it became more restricted in the 1970s. The U.S. military used asbestos products in many areas because of its low cost, durability, and heat resistant properties. The common use of these asbestos products put many U.S. veterans at risk of developing asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Below is a list of the military branches and common asbestos exposure sites:
- Navy – shipyards, boiler rooms, submarines
- Army – barracks, shipyards, construction
- Marine Corps – armored vehicles, barracks, ships, aircraft
- Coast Guard – inside ships, ships, boiler rooms
- Air Force- bases, airplanes, jets, aircraft maintenance