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Exposed to Asbestos in New Mexico?

New Mexico is home to many oil refining companies and power stations, apart from six naturally occurring deposits of asbestos.

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

The presence of natural asbestos deposits in New Mexico increased the risk of developing asbestos-related diseases in people working in mines. Miners were at a danger of breathing in fibers of asbestos that became airborne during excavation.

Alamogordo

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Alamogordo

27 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Alamogordo Lambert Company
• Alamogordo Lumber Company
• Holloman Air Force Base
• M.R. Prestridge Lumber Company
• Merrill H. Fisher
• Southwest Lumber Company
• Texas Louisiana Power Company
• White Sands Missile Range

Albuquerque

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Albuquerque

382 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center
• Albuquerque and Cerrillos Coal Company
• Albuquerque Gas & Electric
• American Gypsum Company
• Apache Lbr
• Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company
• Bates Lumber Company
• Brewer Builders
• Builders Materials Inc
• City of Albuquerque Water Department
• Columbia Asbestos Company
• Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District
• Desert Industries
• Elks Lodge
• Eppsco Inc
• Excelsior Laundry Company
• Florida Insulation & Fireproof
• Geo. S. Thompson Company
• H M Public Service Power
• Imperial Laundry Company
• J. Korber & Company
• Kent Nowlin Construction Company
• Kinney Brick Company
• Kirtland Air Force Base
• Nalley’s Inc
• New Mexico Pump & Equipment
• Owens Corning Fiberglass
• Person Station
• Public Service Company of New Mexico
• Red Seal Inc
• Reeves Power Plant
• Residence, 12400 Morrow N.E.
• Sandia Base
• Sandia Corporation
• Sturm Rodgers
• Tri-State Insulation

Artesia

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Artesia

11 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Navajo Refining

Carlsbad

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Carlsbad

11 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Duval Sulfur & Potash
• International Minerals and Chemicals Corporation
• Kerr Mcgee Potasa Mine
• National Mine
• National Potash Company
• Owens-Corning
• Southern-western Public Service Company
• Southwest Potash Corp
• United States Potash Company
• Western Precipitation

Clovis

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Clovis

20 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
• Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
• Southern Public Service Company
• Town of Clovis

Farmington

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Farmington

38 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Bureau of Reclamation
• Chaco Compressor Station
• Farmington Insulation & Metal Supply Inc.
• Four Corners Powerhouse
• Municipal Light Plant Farmington
• Plateau Refinery
• Production Equipment Corp
• San Juan Power Plant

Fruitland

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Fruitland

38 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Arizona Public Service Company
• Four Corners Power Plant
• Four Corners Steam Electric Generating Plant
• Lovington Power Plant
• Public Service Company of New Mexico

Gallup

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Gallup

31 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Ciniza Refinery
• City Power Plant
• El Paso Natural Gas Company
• Gallup Refinery
• Giant Refining New Mexico
• Hudson Engineering Corporation
• Shell Oil Company
• Stears-Roger Manufacturing Company
• United Nuclear Corporation
• Wingate Fractionation Plan

Hobbs

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hobbs

13 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Ace Building & Supply Company
• Ace Welding Service
• Climax Chemical Company
• H B Zachry Company
• Maddok Power Plant
• New Mexico Electric Service Company
• Northern Natural Gas Company
• Warren Petroleum Corporation
• Wonder Building Display

Hurley

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hurley

6 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• American Laundry and Dry Cleaning Company
• Chino Mines Power Plant
• Kennecott Copper Company
• Nevada Consolidated Copper Corporation
• Phelps Dodge Mining

Las Cruces

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Las Cruces

80 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Burn Construction Company, Inc.
• City of Las Cruces Gas Distribution System
• El Paso Electric Company
• Farmers Compress Company
• Haines Sewing Plant

Los Alamos

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Los Alamos

4 to 6 Asbestos Related Deaths (1979-2001)

• Atomic Energy Commission
• Los Alamos Atomic Testing Site
• Los Alamos Laboratories
• Los Alamos Power Plant
• Zia Corporation

Lovington

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Lovington

13 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Lea County Electric Cooperative Inc
• Turbine Generator
• Warren Petroleum Corporation

Roswell

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Roswell

27 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Community Power and Light Company
• Malco Refineries, Inc.
• Missile Site
• Pecos Valley Compress Company
• Roswell Brackish Water Treatment Facility
• Roswell Electric Light Company
• Roswell Industrial Air Center
• Roswell Laundry Company
• Southwestern Public Service Company
• Walker Air Force Base

Santa Fe

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Santa Fe

68 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Neff Buckner

Silver City

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Silver City

6 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• New Mexico Light Heat and Power Company
• Silver City Reduction Company
• Socorro Mines

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Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in New Mexico

The time limit within which a person who wants to file an asbestos claim must initiate legal actions against the parties responsible is known as the statute of limitations. In New Mexico, the statute of limitations set for asbestos claims is of three years from the date when the disease caused by asbestos exposure was discovered.

A victim's heirs can file a wrongful death asbestos claim. For this type of claim, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of death. A complaint filed after this period could get barred; therefore, following the statute of limitations is crucial.

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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 Mexico

Current and former residents of New Mexico diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, and their family members should contact us as quickly 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 Mexico Choose Us?

Our law firm has gained recognition all over the United States for outstanding service in the field of asbestos claims. We have an expert team of asbestos exposure lawyers with thorough knowledge of the asbestos laws in New Mexico. We study each client’s case in-depth, are compassionate, and understand what you and your family go through during such a terrible situation. Our keen interest in making the legal process hassle-free has prompted New Mexico residents to contact us to represent their asbestos cases. Additionally, we can recommend the best treatment options near to your home, as we collaborate with a multidisciplinary group of specialists.

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