Massachusetts has two naturally occurring asbestos deposits where asbestos mining occurred. Because asbestos was so conveniently available, it was used for insulation and building products throughout the state. Massachusetts is also home to numerous heavy industries known for using asbestos, including shipyards, paper mills, power plants and chemical companies. The state had a total of 1355 recorded asbestos-related deaths from 1979 through 2001. Middlesex County, Massachusetts is ranked 14th in the nation for the number of asbestos moralities.
Massachusetts is governed by the general tort statute of limitations, which sets the allowable time frame for filing a personal injury lawsuit as three years from the date the cause of action accrued. The state also follows the “discovery rule” where the cause of action does not accrue until the plaintiff knew or should have known that he or she had an asbestos-related disease and knew or should have known that the disease was caused by exposure to asbestos or asbestos-containing products. For that reason, we strongly urge anyone diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease or an heir, if that person has passed away, to contact a mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible to determine if an asbestos-related lawsuit is appropriate.
If you or someone close to you has mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in Massachusetts, attorneys Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason can help. Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason are mesothelioma lawyers with over 30 years of success. We understand the complicated mesothelioma legal process. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlement compensation for mesothelioma patients and their families. We provide a free mesothelioma case evaluation. There is no up front cost to you for our services.
Massachusetts is one of the few states where asbestos was mined, exposing countless workers and nearby residents to harmful materials. One asbestos mine was located in the western part of the state near Pittsfield; the other was in the region of Quabbin Reservoir, near Harvard Forest.
Massachusetts has many historical homes, schools, hospitals and commercial buildings. Asbestos was widely used in building materials in Massachusetts prior to 1980 for insulation, drywall, shingles, floor tiles and tape. Many construction workers were exposed to asbestos while building, upgrading and demolishing buildings that used asbestos products.
Massachusetts is also home to several major shipyards. Ship builders and shipyard workers, in particular, were at risk of asbestos exposure until the 1980s. Asbestos was widely used to protect maritime components from hot temperatures and corrosion. Asbestos was commonly used in constructing boiler rooms, engine rooms, sleeping quarters and hallways.
Port workers may also have been exposed to asbestos while loading and unloading ships. Wrapping materials, crates and pallets for transporting products may have contained asbestos fibers. Anyone who handled items being off-loaded from a ship or who delivered a load aboard a ship was at risk of breathing asbestos into their lungs.
If you worked at any of these companies and/or job sites in Massachusetts, there is a possibility that you were exposed to harmful asbestos. If you need sound legal advice or representation due to this exposure, contact mesothelioma lawyers Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason.
If you or members of your family have been affected by asbestos cancer in Massachusetts or any state in the U.S., contact Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason. Our mesothelioma attorneys are experts in mesothelioma cancer lawsuits. We have over thirty years of experience providing mesothelioma legal representation to clients across the United States. We will provide a free case evaluation and can fly to Massachusetts to meet with you in person. There is no up front cost to you for our services.
If you are in need of mesothelioma medical information or treatment, visit our list of Massachusetts mesothelioma treatment centers and our list of Massachusetts mesothelioma doctors. If you are a veteran who has been exposed to asbestos, visit our information page for veterans with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma attorneys Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason are here to help.
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