Connecticut Asbestos-Related Deaths from 1999-2017

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Asbestos Exposure in Connecticut

Shipyards and Asbestos

Asbestos can be found in abundance in ships and shipyards. Prior to 1980, most ships used asbestos insulation for piping and engine rooms. Connecticut has several military bases, including a naval base in New London. Naval employees and shipbuilders were at high risk for asbestos exposure since asbestos was used as an insulator on civilian and military vessels. High concentrations of asbestos circulated in the air in the confined spaces of the ships when workers made repairs or replaced asbestos materials. Nearby workers were likely exposed to the toxic fibers because of the small spaces and poor ventilation.

Industrial Plants and Manufacturers

Aircraft manufacturers, metal workers and chemical plant employees in Connecticut were also at a risk for asbestos exposure. Some of the state’s worst asbestos threats came from the helicopter manufacturer Silkorsky Aircraft, Quinebaug Cotton Mill, Simpkins Industries Paper Mill and Hersey Metals Co.

Other industrial plants in Connecticut relied on asbestos as insulation for their machinery exposing the employees to toxic asbestos fibers during everyday operations. Connecticut is also home to many chemical plants, power plants, and manufacturing plants where asbestos was frequently used. Asbestos is known for its resistance to heat and chemical reactions making it a commonly used product in these industries. Workers who operated, maintained, or repaired asbestos-insulated equipment and machinery could be at risk for developing deadly asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.

Asbestos in Buildings

Several public and private buildings in Connecticut were constructed with asbestos-containing materials. Construction and maintenance workers in these buildings can be exposed to asbestos during remodeling or repair of these older facilities.

Partial list of work sites in Connecticut with known asbestos exposure
  • Aetna Life Insurance Company
  • American Cyanamid Chemical Plant
  • Constitution Plaza
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat submarine yard
  • General Electric Plant
  • Groton Naval Shipyard
  • Groton Naval Station
  • Hershey Metals plant
  • New Haven-Simkins Pulp & Paper Mill
  • New London Navy Submarine Base
  • New York/New Haven/Hartford Railroad
  • Norwalk Steam Plant
  • Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engine Plant
  • Quinebaug Cotton Mill
  • Scovill Headquarters Building
  • Scoville Aluminum Plant
  • Silkorsky-Lockheed Martin Aircraft Plant
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital
  • Terry Turbine Factory
  • Thames Shipyard
  • United Illuminated
  • Waterbury Brass Foundry

Statute of Limitations to File Mesothelioma Claim in Connecticut

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