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.
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
Boise Cascade Paper Mill
Eastern Fine Paper & Pulp
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
Brunswick Electric Light & Power Co
Central Maine Power Co
Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant (Wiscasset)
W.F Wyman Steam Station
Mount Blue HS
Pownal State School
Mount Mercy Academy
University of Maine’s Boardman Hall
Brunswick Naval Air Station
Dow Air Force Base
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.