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Exposed to Asbestos in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire was a major hub of manufacturing industries and home to textile mills, leather processing facilities, power plants, and oil refineries where asbestos was used extensively.

How and Where Were You Exposed to Asbestos in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire houses power plants operated by the Public Service Company of New Hampshire, namely Merrimack Station, Newington Station, Schiller Station, and many others, which exposed thousands of workers to significant amounts of asbestos that were widely used as an insulator. Asbestos exposure was also common at construction sites in New Hampshire towns that have several historic buildings. Asbestos was used as building material for floors and ceilings before 1980.

Ashland

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Ashland

20 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• L.W. Packard Company

Bennington

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bennington

44 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Monadnock Paper Mill

Berlin

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Berlin

53 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Bargers Sulphite Fibre Company
• Berlin Mills - Cascade Plant
• Berlin Mills - Riverside Plant
• Berlin Paper Mill
• Brown Paper Company
• Brown Paper Company - Burgess Mill
• Brown Paper Company - Cascade Mill
• Glen Mill
• International Paper Company
• James River Pulp & Paper Company
• Northeast Constructors
• Pulp and Paper America

Bow

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bow

22 Asbestos related deaths (1999-2013)

• Bow Power Plant
• Merrimack Station Powerhouse
• Public Service Company of New Hampshire

Claremont

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Claremont

52 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Ashuelot Paper Company, Inc.
• Claremont Paper Company
• Compax, Inc.
• Joy Manufacturing

Concord

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Concord

22 Asbestos related deaths (1999-2013)

• Boston and Maine Railroad
• Concord Electric Company
• Concord Land and Water Power Company
• Concord Power Plant
• Federal Building
• Merrimack
• Public Service Company of New Hampshire

Dover

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Dover

45 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• American Woolen Company, Inc.
• Davidson Rubber Company
• Dover Gas and Electric Company
• Dover Gas Plant
• Dover Housing
• Irvin State Gas and Electric Company
• Pacific Mills
• United Gas and Electric Company

Durham

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Durham

45 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Hamilton Smith
• Regional Center

Exeter

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Exeter

309 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Exeter Gas Plant

Farmington

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Farmington

45 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Farmington Waste Water Plant

Greenfield

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Greenfield

44 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Hooksett

Groveton

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Groveton

53 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Groveton Paper Company

Hopkinton

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hopkinton

22 Asbestos related deaths (1999-2013)

• Davis Boxboard Division
• Davis Paper Company
• Hoague Sprague Corp
• West Hopkinton Plant

Jaffrey

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Jaffrey

59 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Jaffrey Landfill

Laconia

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Laconia

56 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Star Specialty Knitting

Littleton

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Littleton

20 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Littleton Hydro-Electric Dam Project

Manchester

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Manchester

44 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• American Hoechst Corporation
• American Locomotive Company
• Foster Grant Company
• Granite State Insulation Company
• Grenier Air Force Base
• Insuline Corp of America
• International Shoe Company
• Kelly’s Falls Steam Plant
• Manchester Knitted Fashions
• Manchester Traction Light and Power Company
• N. H. Mcelevain Company
• Public Service Company of New Hampshire
• Syntextils, Inc.
• Telephone Building, Elm St.
• Textron, Inc.
• Wm H Mc Elwain Company

Merrimack

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Merrimack

22 Asbestos related deaths (1999-2013)

• Anhauser Busch Brewery
• Anheuser Busch, Inc.
• Budweiser Brewery
• Harcros Chemical Inc.
• Nashua Corporation

Milford

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Milford

44 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Hitchiner Manufacturing Co.

Nashua

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Nashua

44 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Francis P. Connor, Incorporated
• Hampshire Chemical Corporation
• Industrial Pipe & Equipment Corporation
• Nashua Foundation
• Nashua Air Traffic Control Center
• Nashua Chemical
• Nashua Corporation
• Nashua Foundation
• Nashua Light, Heat, and Power Company
• Nashua Low Rent Housing
• Nashua Manufacturing Company
• Nashua Municipal Airport
• New England Telephone
• Pittsburgh Wood Preserving Company

New Ipswich

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
New Ipswich

44 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Warwick Mills

Newington

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Newington

51 Asbestos related deaths (1999-2013)

• Newington Mall
• Newington Power Plant
• Pease Air Force Base
• Public Service Company of New Hampshire
• Schiller Station Powerhouse
• Simplex Wire & Cable

Penacook

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Penacook

22 Asbestos related deaths (1999-2013)

• Brezner Canning Corp.

Plymouth

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Plymouth

20 Asbestos related deaths (1999-2013)

• Rochester Shoe Tree Company

Portsmouth

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Portsmouth

51 Asbestos related deaths (1999-2013)

• Am. Agricultural Chemical Company
• Army Air Force Base
• Atlantic Corporation
• Bureau of Supplies and Accounts
• Eastern Oil and Rendering Company
• National Gypsum Plant
• New England Power Co.
• New Hampshire Gas & Electric Company
• Pease Air Force Base
• Portsmouth Air Force Base
• Portsmouth Federal Building
• Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
• Portsmouth Navy Yard
• Portsmouth Telephone Building
• R.B. Phillips Manufacturing Company
• Rockingham County Light and Power Company
• Ryan Estate
• Sand Lance
• Schiller Power Station (Boilers 4, 5 & 6)
• Sea Dragon
• Standard Plumbing & Heating Supply, Inc.
• Tinosa
• United States Navy Yard
• Wentworth By The Sea
• White Mountain Paper Company

Rochester

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Rochester

51 Asbestos related deaths (1999-2013)

• Brown & Horsch
• Sanders Associates

Seabrook

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Seabrook

51 Asbestos related deaths (1999-2013)

• Seabrook Nuclear Power Station

Somersworth

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Somersworth

51 Asbestos related deaths (1999-2013)

• General Electric

West Lebanon

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
West Lebanon

20 Asbestos related deaths (1999-2013)

• Lebanon Municipal Landfill

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Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in New Hampshire

The period in which an asbestos claim must be filed by a person who has been affected by an asbestos-related illness is known as the statute of limitations. A three-year statute of limitations has been set for an asbestos claim, which means that a plaintiff should file it within three years from the diagnosis of the asbestos-related disease.

According to the statute, in case an individual dies because of an asbestos-related disease, a family member can file a wrongful death asbestos claim within three 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 New Hampshire

Current and former residents of New Hampshire 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 only three years from the date of the diagnosis (for personal injury asbestos claims) and 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 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 New Hampshire Choose Us?

We are a group of highly experienced lawyers with unique skills and knowledge regarding asbestos litigation across the state of New Hampshire. Our dedicated asbestos exposure attorneys possess sound knowledge of New Hampshire asbestos laws and provide the best legal advice to their clients. Our law firm has earned an excellent reputation for outstanding service and success in the field of asbestos litigation. Most people in New Hampshire resort to us for their legal concerns related to workplace asbestos exposure because we assist our clients throughout the legal process and make it hassle-free. In addition to the legal assistance, we can provide recommendations regarding the best treatment options in your area.

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