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Exposed to Asbestos in Maine?

The State of Maine has both naturally occurring deposits of asbestos, as well as major industries such as power plants, iron foundries, paper mills, and shipbuilding yards that have invariably exposed Maine residents to this toxic mineral.

How and Where Were You Exposed to Asbestos in Maine?

The majority of asbestos exposure in Maine occurred in densely populated cities such as Auburn, Bangor, Presque Isle, and Portland. A few places along the coast such as Chain Lakes and Blue Bay have natural deposits of asbestos. Workers at shipyards, paper mills, and lumber yards have suffered asbestos exposure-related diseases.

Auburn

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Auburn

90 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Buerhaus Insulation Company
• Downeast Urethane Company
• Pine Tree Insulation

Augusta

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Augusta

97 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Central Maine Power Company
• Central Maine Power Computer Ctr
• Cumberland County Power and Light Company
• Hudson Pulp and Paper Company
• Kennebec Pulp & Paper Company
• Statler Tissue
• Tree Free Fiber Company, LLC

Bangor

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bangor

71 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Bangor Hydro-Electric Company
• City of Bangor Water Works
• Dow Air Force Base
• Eastern Paper
• New England Insulation Company
• S.A. Maxfield Company

Bath

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bath

202 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Bath Iron Works Corporation
• Capodanno
• Conyngham
• Elmer Montgomery
• Hyde Windlass Company
• Pharris

Biddeford

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Biddeford

300 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Biddeford & Saco Water Company
• Biddeford Hardware & Plumbing Supply
• Cumberland County Power and Light Company
• KTI Inc
• Kuhr Technologies, Inc.
• Maine Energy Recovery Company
• Pepperell Mill
• West Point Pepperell Manufacturing Company
• York Light and Heat Company

Brunswick

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Brunswick

66 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Brunswick Electric Light and Power Company
• Brunswick Naval Air Station
• Hearst Corppejepscot Paper Div
• Pejepscot Paper Company
• United States Naval Air Station

Bucksport

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bucksport

72 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Central Maine Power Company
• Champion Paper
• Maine Seaboard Paper Company Div of Time Inc
• Northeast Coal & Dock Corp
• Saint Regis Mill
• St. Regis Paper Company

East Andover

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
East Andover

38 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• American Telephone and Telegraph Company

Knox County

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Knox County

68 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Union Chemical Company

Lewiston

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Lewiston

181 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Androscoggin Mills
• Bates Manufacturing Company
• Carman Thompson Company
• Central Maine Power Company
• Eastern Refractories Inc.
• Hill Manufacturing Company
• Lewiston and Auburn Street Railway Company
• Lewiston Brunswich and Bath St. Railway Company
• Lewiston Gas Light Company
• LFC Power Systems
• W.S. Libbey Company

Lincoln

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Lincoln

165 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Eastern Fine Paper and Pulp
• Eastern Manufacturing Company
• Kathadin Pulp and Paper Company
• Lincoln Pulp & Paper
• Standard Packaging Corp

Livermore Falls

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Livermore Falls

90 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Androscoggin Mill
• International Paper Company
• Otis Mill

Madison

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Madison

35 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Abenaki Mill
• Econby Corporation
• Great Northern Paper Company
• Kennebec River Pulp 8 Paper Company Inc
• Madison Electric
• Madison Paper Corporation
• Northern Paper Company

Millinocket

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Millinocket

71 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Bowater Inc
• Great Northern Paper Company

Portland

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Portland

66 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• A. H. Moulton
• Acme Engineering
• Ametex Inc.
• B & M Railroad
• Baneroft and Martin
• Bliss Portland Company
• Burnham and Morrill Company
• Consolidated Electric Light Company
• Cutter Fire Brick Company
• Fells Company
• Forest City Sugar Refining Company
• Maine Central Railroad Company
• Maple St Siding
• Marine Transport Corp
• Mechanical Services Inc
• New England Insulation Company
• Otis Falls Pulp Company
• Oxford Paper Company
• Portland and Yarmouth Electric Railway Company
• Portland Gas Light Company
• Portland Iron Steel Company
• Portland Lighting and Power Company
• Portland Railroad Company
• Portland Stock
• Portland Street Railway Company
• Portland Yarmouth Electric Railway Company
• R.J. Peacock Canning Company
• Todd Shipyard
• Twitchell Champlin and Company
• W. L. Blake & Company
• Willey Calhown
• Winslow and Company

Rumford

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Rumford

38 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Axford Paper Company
• Boise Cascade Paper Mill
• Mead Paper Group
• Northern Paper
• Oxford Paper Company

Sanford

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Sanford

300 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Alloy Products Company
• American Cyanamid Company
• C Y R O Industries
• Sanford Mills
• Sanford Sheet Plant

Searsport

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Searsport

87 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Chemitron Corp
• Northern Chemical Industries Inc
• Ohemetron Corp

South Portland

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
South Portland

264 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• American Oil
• Andrew J Newbury
• Augustus R Loring
• B Charney Vladeck
• Belgian Tenacity
• Charles Dauray
• Chevron Oil Company
• Fairchild Semiconductor Company
• New England Shipbuilding Corporation
• South Dry Dock and Repair Company
• South Portland Shipyard
• Texas Towers 1
• Texas Towers 2

Waterville

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Waterville

97 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Chinet Company
• Hollingsworth & Whitney Company
• International Paper
• Keyes Fibre Company
• Lockwood Company
• Maine Central Railroad Company

Westbrook

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Westbrook

66 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Blue Rock Quarry
• Cumberland Mills
• Northeastern Paving Corp
• S.D. Warren Company
• Sappi Fine Papers
• Scott Paper Company

Wiscasset

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Wiscasset

165 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Central Maine Power Powerhouse
• FPL Energy Mason Llc
• Maine Yankee Atomic Power Station
• Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
• Wiscasset Steam Plant

Woodland

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Woodland

91 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Georgia Pacific Corporation
• Georgia Pacific Paper Mill
• Georgia Pacific St. Croix
• St. Croix Paper Company

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Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in Maine

You can file an asbestos claim against the companies that can be held responsible for your workplace asbestos exposure. Strict guidelines must be followed when filing asbestos claims in Maine, but when compared to other states, the law is lenient. According to the statute of limitations observed in Maine, a plaintiff can file an asbestos claim within six years from the date of the diagnosis.

For a wrongful death asbestos claim, that can be filed by the family members of a mesothelioma or lung cancer patient; the deadline is two years from the date of death.

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Eligible Conditions for Asbestos Compensation

Workers, veterans, or family members that experienced past asbestos exposure may first notice some minor symptoms, like shortness of breath. They may attribute such symptoms to other causes, like aging. But, the result of medical checks and investigations can show past asbestos exposure in the workplace has led to a current asbestos-associated disease. If you find yourself in this scenario, the help of counsel experienced in representing asbestos cases is essential. Our lawyers will assist you in navigating the legal system and fighting for compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. These are the asbestos diseases approved for asbestos claims:

Lung cancer Mesothelioma Asbestosis Gallbladder Cancer Kidney Cancer Laryngeal/Esophageal Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colon/Colorectal Cancer Ovarian Cancer Pulmonary Fibrosis

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Maine

Current and former residents of Maine diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, and their family members should contact us as soon as possible after receiving the diagnosis. The statutes of limitations are six years from the date of the diagnosis (for personal injury asbestos claims) and two years from the time of death (for wrongful death asbestos claims). In 90% of the cases, we file asbestos trust fund claims rather than going through a lawsuit. Our experienced attorneys will help you with the steps involved in the process of filing your asbestos claim.

Bankruptcy trust claims

Asbestos trust funds were set up years ago to pay people that are sick and have been injured by asbestos. However, as asbestos trust funds do not have enough money to pay all asbestos claims fully, they offer a set percentage of the legal demand. But, the funds are typically dispersed faster than in lawsuits. Asbestos trust fund claims are usually handled out of court.

Preparing the claim

The quicker we can get the information from you and get it filed with the asbestos trust funds, the quicker the payment will come. In the beginning, we are on a fact-finding mission, but it's not as intensive as a typical lawsuit would be. It's more of an administrative process.

Gathering the information

Initially what is required from the asbestos trust fund is to prove occupational exposure to that particular's asbestos trust fund product or products and you also have to show that you've been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. First, we will qualify the medical reports. Then, we have to prove how you were exposed: primarily through occupation or secondarily through a family member that you lived with and who worked directly with or around asbestos-containing products. For occupational exposure, you have to tell us where you have worked at and inform us about any products that were in your working environment.

Filing your claim

We make the process simple, and we don't put anything other than the actual necessity on you to provide certain documentation to prosecute your asbestos claim. As soon as we get the necessary information, we can start filing that with the asbestos trust funds and expect payment within a couple of months.

Claim evaluation

Asbestos trust funds usually qualify the asbestos claim and pay it under two processes. "Expedited Review" is based on a minimum set of probable medical and asbestos exposure criteria and applications receive a schedule amount that is not negotiated. "Individual Review" allows for asbestos claim amounts up to a published maximum. Factors that determine the actual amount can include but are not limited to, age at diagnosis, jurisdiction, and the settlement history of your counsel.

Claim payment

Trustees make a determination and decide whether they will or won't pay the asbestos claim. Usually, payment comes within a couple of months, and we can set up a stream of revenue for our clients. You will benefit from a variable continual cash flow which adds up to a lot over time.

At Environmental Litigation Group, P.C., we strive to get you the best asbestos claim results possible. To pay out asbestos claims, asbestos trust funds managers rely on something called case valuation matrix. Case valuation matrix is a document approximating historical settlements values and assigning different values for compensable cancer types. The base dollar amounts vary by state or region because location sets occupational asbestos exposure levels. The table below provides the average settlement values, by disease level, at asbestos trust funds with seven disease levels, as presented in Rand Corporation's report on Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts.

AVERAGE AMOUNTS PAID BY ASBESTOS TRUST FUNDS

Mesothelioma (Level VIII)
$215,000
Lung Cancer 1 (Level VII)
$40,000
Lung Cancer 2 (Level VI)
$20,000
Other Cancer (Level V)
$22,000
Severe Asbestosis (Level IV)
$42,000
Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level III)
$19,000
Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level II)
$8,000

Disclaimer:  Compensation for your asbestos case will be calculated starting from the base calculation matrix, increasing or decreasing the level of compensation according to the specifics of your case. Factors that can affect the value of your case include, but are not limited to, your location, age, work history, pain and suffering, the asbestos products involved in occupational exposure, and expenses related to your illness. Individual cases vary based on such factors, and previous results don't ensure an equal outcome. The factors specific to your case make it difficult to predict its value before you file an asbestos claim. So, determining how much your case is worth can be a complicated process. If you have any questions about settlements and your legal rights, please contact us immediately for a free consultation.

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Why Residents in Maine Choose Us?

We are a team of expert lawyers with the knowledge and skill to handle complex asbestos litigation throughout the State of Maine. As we are familiar with the laws followed in Maine as well as with the asbestos manufacturing facilities, we can guide you efficiently through the legal process of filing an asbestos claim. Our lawyers are compassionate and understand the plight you and your family go through after being diagnosed with this deadly condition. We make the legal actions hassle-free so that you spend more time taking care of your health and family. Our service and successful track record have made Maine residents choose us to represent their case. Also, as we collaborate with a multidisciplinary group of specialists, we can advise you on the best available treatment options in your area.

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