Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive and particularly deadly type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos—a series of six naturally occurring silicate minerals widely used in commercial and industrial settings. It affects tissue that lines the lungs, heart, testicles, or abdominal cavity,
Though mesothelioma is considered a rare form of cancer, New Jersey historically has a higher concentration of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases than the national average.
About 120 people are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in the state each year, according to the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey State Cancer Registry. Approximately 1,739 New Jersey residents died from the disease from 1999 to 2015.
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is never easy. Fortunately, there are a number of mesothelioma doctors, support groups, and other resources available in New Jersey. Also, if you suspect your mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation for damages.
New Jersey Industries Associated With Asbestos Exposure
New Jersey has a long and proud industrial history. With many of the state's most prominent industries relying heavily on the use of asbestos, it's no surprise that it ranks eighth in the nation for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease deaths. In fact, one study published in the American Journal of Public Health estimated that nearly 500,000 Garden State residents were exposed to asbestos in the workplace since the beginning of World War II.
Examples of New Jersey industries associated with asbestos exposure include:
- Chemical development. The state features multiple laboratories and chemical production facilities. Asbestos has a number of applications in this industry due to its resistance to heat, electricity, and chemical reactions.
- Textile manufacturing. Asbestos fibers can be spun into cotton-like yarn and cloth. The Johns-Manville Products Corporation began commercially producing this cloth, as well as other asbestos-containing products in New Jersey in 1912.
- Plastics. Early plastics manufacturers sometimes used asbestos to strengthen their products.
- Power plants. New Jersey boasts numerous power plants and power stations, many of which used asbestos in construction due to its resistance to heat and electricity.
- Shipping and shipbuilding. Materials used to construct both shipyards and sea-faring vessels often contained asbestos due to its strength and heat and fire resistance.
- Railroad development. Rail workers may have been exposed to asbestos while repairing train cars in enclosed spaces.
- Oil and gas refining. Due to its resistance to high temperatures, materials containing asbestos were once used in nearly every part of oil and gas refining facilities.
- Construction. Homes built before 1980 often used building materials containing asbestos, including siding, ceiling and floor tiles, insulation, roof shingles and flashing, joint compound, and pipe cement.
New Jersey Companies Known for Using Asbestos
The following companies have extensively used asbestos or been the subject of asbestos-related complaints and claims. Employees of these companies or their family members may have been exposed to asbestos as a result.
- Celanese Plastics in Belvidere
- C.M. Plastics Moulding Company in Trenton
- DuPont Chemical
- Esso (Standard Oil)
- Hess Oil and Chemical
- Heyden Chemical Corporation in Princeton
- Jersey Central Power and Light Company
- Johns-Manville Products Corporation
- Mutual Chemical Company of America in Jersey City
- National Gypsum Company in Garwood
- New Jersey Power and Light Company in Dover
- New York Shipbuilding in Camden and Burlington
- Perth Amboy Powerhouse
- Powerhouse Essex Station in Newark
- Repauno Construction in Gibbstown
- Tennaco Chemical Company in Belleville
- Todd Shipyard in Hoboken
- Toms River Chemical Corporation in Toms River
- Union Plastics Corporation in Hillside
- Vespi Construction in Atlantic City
- Wheaton Plastics Company in Lakewood
Statute of Limitations for Mesothelioma Cases in New Jersey
The statute of limitations is a law that dictates exactly how long potential plaintiffs have to file a lawsuit. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years. This means mesothelioma patients must file their lawsuit within two years of their diagnosis. Once the statute of limitations expires, potential plaintiffs lose their right to pursue a legal remedy.
Top New Jersey Mesothelioma Doctors and Treatment Centers
The state's leading facility for cancer treatment and research is the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, located in New Brunswick. Part of Rutgers University, the institute is one of just 69 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation and the only one in the state of New Jersey.
The top mesothelioma doctors currently at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey include world-renowned surgical oncologist and Chief Surgical Officer Dr. H. Richard Alexander, Jr.; Chief of Staff Dr. Bruce G. Haffty, who specializes in malignant mesothelioma management; and Dr. Jyoti Malhotra, a medical oncologist who works with mesothelioma patients.
New Jersey Mesothelioma Support Groups
- CancerCare: From its main New Jersey office in Ridgewood, CancerCare provides free counseling, support groups, educational workshops and other assistance to people affected by cancer. Call 800-813-HOPE (4673) or visit CancerCare for more information.
- Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey: Located in a farmhouse in the heart of Bedminster, Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey provides psychosocial support services for cancer patients and their families. To learn more, call 908-658-5400 or visit Cancer Support Community.
Cancer counseling and support groups may also be available through your local health care system.
Consult an Experienced Mesothelioma Attorney
Were you recently diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma? If so, you may be facing an unsure future, not to mention exorbitant medical expenses.
The knowledgeable mesothelioma attorneys with Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can investigate your case to determine if your exposure to asbestos was caused by negligence on the part of an employer or another party. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis—this means we don't charge you for our services until we win your case. You never have to let financial limitations stand in the way of justice.
Contact Neblett, Beard & Arsenault today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.