While the dangers of asbestos exposure in Vermont aren't as great as in other states, there are many ways residents could have been in contact with this toxic substance at their jobs, homes, schools, and other locations.
Unfortunately, asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that attacks the linings surrounding the lungs, chest, heart, and abdomen.
This catastrophic illness is often not diagnosed for 20–to–50 years after exposure, when the disease has often progressed to a later stage.
If you or a loved one has mesothelioma, we're ready to explain your legal options and fight for the compensation you deserve.
How You May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos in Vermont
People in Vermont were exposed to asbestos primarily through their jobs. It was widely used in many industries and consumer products due to its low cost, strength, and heat-resistant properties. When the dangers of asbestos became known in the early 1980s, its use was curtailed, but some Vermont residents could still suffer consequences.
Employment in these Vermont industries might have put individuals at risk:
Mining in general poses an occupational hazard for mesothelioma. There are 22 natural sites of asbestos in Vermont, which includes three mines. Vermont was the first state to mine asbestos. The New England Asbestos Mining and Milling Company began mining operations on Mount Belvidere in 1899. Despite the known dangers of asbestos, operations didn't end until the 1990s, and when the mine closed, asbestos and other toxic substances remained at the site, continuing to endanger workers.
Asbestos is found in some vermiculite, a natural material used heat-resistant panels, brake linings, building supplies, and in agriculture. W.R. Grace shipped vermiculite to its processing plant in Morrisville where it was used to make attic insulation and other products. Not only were employees in the plant exposed to asbestos, but also residents who lived in nearby neighborhoods.
Asbestos was used to construct power plants, in protective clothing, and in turbines, boilers, steam pipes, and other equipment. Consolidated Light and Power Company, Montpelier and Barre Light and Power Company, Vermont Electric Power Company Inc., and Vermont Nuclear Power Plant are employers that exposed large numbers of employees to asbestos.
Paper Mills And Textile Factories
These buildings often contained asbestos-laden construction materials, and the toxic substance was also in equipment, such as drying machines and sandpaper backing. Workers at Black Cat Textiles, Green Paper Mountain, International Paper Company, and White Mountain Paper Company and may be in danger of developing mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure.
Many schools throughout the United States were constructed with materials containing asbestos. Older buildings still in use continue to endanger teachers, students, and other employees, as well as other workers who make repairs in these buildings. Brattleboro High School, Rutland High School, and the University of Vermont are some places with known risks.
Unfortunately, workers exposed to asbestos at their jobs often brought it home with them on their clothes and skin. As a result, family members have also been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to secondhand exposure.
There are also many public facilities and businesses in Vermont where there is a recognized danger of asbestos. They include:
- Brattleboro Hildreth Printing
- Brattleboro Hospital
- General Electric in Burlington
- IBM in Burlington
- Montpelier Capital Office Building
- National Life Insurance in Montpelier
- Newport Hospital
- Rutland Hospital
- Springfield Hospital
- Stowe Insurance Company
- VA Hospital located in White River Junction
Where to Receive Medical Treatment for Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma patients have treatment options right in Vermont, including:
- Vermont Regional Cancer Center at the University of Vermont College of Medicine
- Dr. Steven Ades at the University of Vermont Medical Center
- Dr. Christopher Anker at the University of Vermont Medical Center
In addition, you may want to travel to another state to meet with a top specialist or participate in a clinical trial. Some of the top medical centers that treat mesothelioma nearby are:
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA
- Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Statute of Limitations to Pursue Your Mesothelioma Legal Claim
While health is your primary concern, you also may have a claim for compensation from the employer or other negligent party that caused your asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. You don't want to ignore pursuing your legal rights, because you only have a certain amount of time to file your lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations.
In Vermont, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of your diagnosis or two years from the date of the death of a loved one.
Contact Our Vermont Mesothelioma Attorneys
It can be challenging to identify the employer or other party liable for causing your mesothelioma; to collect the evidence that you need to prove negligence; and to successfully fight for the compensation you deserve.
The experienced and compassionate mesothelioma attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault understand how overwhelming it can be to be diagnosed with this disease. We're ready to take over the burden of fighting for your legal rights. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis—this means we're paid a percentage of your settlement and you owe no attorney fees up-front.
To learn more about how we've successfully helped other clients with mesothelioma and how we can assist you, please contact us online or call our office directly at 318.541.8188 to schedule your free consultation.