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Maine Mesothelioma Lawyer

Maine is a New England state with a very long history in the paper and shipbuilding industries. The state has been associated with heavy industrial asbestos use for decades. Consequently, many incidences of health issues such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma have been reported in Maine.

If you have been diagnosed with asbestos-induced injuries such as mesothelioma, you may qualify for a large amount of compensation. With the help of a committed Maine mesothelioma lawyer, families of asbestos victims can get the highest compensation they deserve.

Maine Asbestos Jobs

Maine has nearly 200 miles of shoreline near the Atlantic Ocean. So, the state became a perfect location for the fishing and shipbuilding industries. As Europeans initially settled in the area in the 17th century, Bath, Kittery, Portland and other coastal cities became home to many fishing fleets and shipyards. Most Maine industries started using asbestos in the 19th century in order to protect personnel, manufacturing installations, and machinery from the effects of high temperature, corrosion, and fire. Asbestos was used as a main ingredient in insulation in steam turbines, foundries, gaskets etc. for reducing heat caused by friction or flames. But, due to the fibrous nature of asbestos, it gets into the environment quite easily when disturbed. Airborne asbestos fibers can easily be breathed in or swallowed. Over time, these fibers can create severe respiratory problems and diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Shipbuilding Industry

Though workers suffered asbestos exposure in almost all industries in Maine, shipbuilding industry workers were at the highest risk.  During and following the Second World War, shipbuilding industry abundantly used asbestos containing materials. For this reason, many former shipbuilding industry workers developed mesothelioma and other conditions caused by repeated asbestos exposure. Following are some Maine Shipyards known for exposing workers to asbestos fibers:

  • Bath Iron Works (Bath)
  • Boothbay Harbor Shipyard (Boothbay Harbor)
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (Kittery)

Other Maine Companies and Job Sites Associated with Asbestos

Paper Companies

Androscoggin Mill

Boise Cascade Paper Mill

Champion Paper

Eastern Fine Paper & Pulp

Eastern Paper

Georgia Pacific Paper Mill

Great Northern Paper Co

Hearst Paper Division

International Paper Co

Jay Paper Mill

Katahdin Pulp & Paper Co

Kennebec River Pulp and Paper Co

Lincoln Pulp & Paper

Madison Paper Corp

Maine Seaboard Paper Co

Mead Paper Group

Northern Paper Co

Oxford Paper Co

Pejepscot Paper Co

Sappi Fine Paper

Scott Paper Co

St. Croix Paper Co

St. Regis Paper Co

Power Companies

Brunswick Electric Light & Power Co

Central Maine Power Co

Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant (Wiscasset)

W.F Wyman Steam Station

Schools

Bowdoin College

Colby College

Mount Blue HS

Pownal State School

Mount Mercy Academy

University of Maine’s Boardman Hall

Military

Brunswick Naval Air Station

Dow Air Force Base

Loring AFB

Asbestos Statistics in Maine

Maine is ranked 30th in the United States for fatalities linked to asbestos exposure. Between 1980 and 2000, 387 fatalities were caused by asbestos-related illnesses. Most of these deaths were from asbestosis. 173 asbestos-related deaths were reported in Maine between 1999 and 2005. The most number of asbestos-related fatalities in Maine were reported at Sagadahoc County.

Maine Statute of Limitations for Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Though there are strict guidelines for filing an asbestos lawsuit in Maine, the time span given is far more generous than other states in the U.S. In Maine, the plaintiffs have to file asbestos lawsuits within 6 years from the date of discovery or diagnosis of the disease. Wrongful death lawsuits should be filed within 2 years following the death date of the victim.

Medical Assistance in Maine

The Maine Medical Care Institute, or MMCI, in Maine is a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer treatment center for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. The center has the most comprehensive resources and technologies for malignant mesothelioma patients.

Hire a Maine Mesothelioma Lawyer

Please note that victims of mesothelioma and other devastating asbestos-related ailments are entitled to substantial financial compensation. A dedicated Maine mesothelioma lawyer can help asbestos victims and their families in identifying their legal options and obtain the compensation they deserve at the earliest. To find a leading Maine mesothelioma lawyer, please call us at 1 -800-706-5606 or fill out and submit our contact form.