Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure that attacks the linings of vital organs such as the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Although there are no natural deposits of asbestos in New Hampshire, workers and their families have a higher-than-average death rate from mesothelioma, with approximately 235 people dying from mesothelioma between 1999 and 2015. The largest number of fatalities from diseases caused by asbestos exposure, including mesothelioma, were in Hillsborough and Rockingham counties during this time period.
It can be devastating to learn you have developed mesothelioma because it is a rare and usually fatal type of cancer. It often is not diagnosed for 20 to 50 years after a person’s exposure to asbestos, when the cancer has grown considerably. However, there are treatment options for mesothelioma in New Hampshire, and you may be entitled to compensation from your employer or other negligent party who caused your exposure to asbestos. To pursue a legal claim, you will need the assistance of an experienced mesothelioma attorney to fight for your rights.
New Hampshire Workplaces Expose Employees and Their Families to Asbestos
Asbestos was widely used in many industries from the late 1950s through the early 1980s due to its heat-resistance, strength, and low cost before its dangers became well-known. It was heavily used at approximately 50 job sites in New Hampshire. Here is a short list of industries where workers were in danger of being exposed to asbestos and becoming ill with mesothelioma:
Shipyard workers risked significant asbestos exposure because of the wide use of asbestos in the construction of most ship parts. Almost every area of a ship contained asbestos, and the danger was even worse due to the small work areas with poor ventilation that employees worked in. Many employees worked at the Portsmouth Naval Base near Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which has been in operation since the early 1880s. It was placed on the EPA’s superfund list in 1994 because of the prevalence of asbestos and other toxic substances.
Because of the heat-resistant properties of asbestos, it was widely used in turbines, boilers, and other equipment at power plants until the early 1980s. Merrimack Power Plant and Seabrook Nuclear Power Station are two power plants where workers were exposed to deadly asbestos in New Hampshire.
Asbestos was widely used at manufacturing plants both in their construction and manufacturing materials. Johns-Manville Corporation, which was near Nashua, New Hampshire, was one of the largest manufacturers of insulation and roofing nationwide, and asbestos was used in its products until it closed in 1985. Industrial Pipe and Equipment Corporation in Nashua, Syntextils, Inc. in Manchester, and textile mills throughout the state were also known for their use of asbestos.
There were many other job sites in New Hampshire where workers may have been exposed to asbestos. Some of them include:
- Mt. Carberry Landfill, Sanco Landfill, Hooksett County Landfill, and many other landfills
- Waste Wood Processing Plant
- Charles Poletti Power Project
- Homestead Industries
- Maiden Mills Industries
- Troy Mills
- Star Specialty Knitting
- L.W. Packard Company
Centers in New Hampshire to Receive Treatment for Mesothelioma
You do have options for receiving quality treatment if you live in New Hampshire and have developed mesothelioma. The Norris Cotton Cancer Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon specializes in the treatment of mesothelioma and is well-known for its cancer treatment and research throughout the country. You may have the opportunity to participate in one if the center’s clinical studies. Dr. Konstantin Dragnev is a medical oncologist and hematologist at the Norris Cotton Cancer who treats patients with mesothelioma.
You may also decide to travel to another state to receive treatment. Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute are located in Boston, Massachusetts. Wherever you choose to receive treatment, you may be entitled to reimbursement for your travel costs as part of your compensation from the negligent party who caused your illness.
Joining a support group may help you cope with the psychological trauma of developing mesothelioma, provide you with helpful information, and help you remain positive. You may be able to find a support group through the cancer center where you receive treatment or one of these resources for online support for patients diagnosed with mesothelioma:
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Lawsuit
In addition to obtaining the medical treatment you deserve, you will likely want to pursue your claim for compensation against the employer or other negligent party who exposed you to asbestos. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, you must comply with the statute of limitations, which is the deadline you have to file your lawsuit. In New Hampshire, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of your diagnosis or the date of the death of a loved one. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time period, you may waive your right to do so.
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If you suffer from mesothelioma in New Hampshire, our experienced mesothelioma attorneys are here to investigate your claim and aggressively fight to obtain the compensation you deserve. You will not owe any up-front attorney fees. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not receive payment until we settle your claim or win your case in a jury trial. Contact us online or call us directly at 318.588.6303 to schedule your free consultation.