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Apart from being the first state in the US to start commercial asbestos mining, Vermont is home to several industries such as paper mills and power plants, where many workers were exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos. Power plants and paper mills in Vermont used significant amounts of asbestos for fireproofing and protecting equipment from heat.
34 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)
• Air Route Surveillance Radar
• Central Vermont Railways
• Koffee & Teachout
• St. Albans Cooperative Creamery Company
• St. Albans Electric Light and Power Company
88 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)
• Blodgett Supply Company, Inc.
• Burlington Light Heat and Power Company
• General Electric
• Joel H Gates and Company
• Queen City Cotton Company
• St. Johnsbury Trucking Terminal
43 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)
• Consolidated Light and Power Company
• Consolidated Lighting. Company
• Corry Deavitt Frost Electric Company
• Montpelier and Barre Light and Power Company
44 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)
• Howe Scale Company
• Vermont Electric Power Company Inc.
• Vermont Marble
54 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)
• Fall Mountain Mill
• Green Mountain Paper
• International Paper Company
• White Mt Paper Company
• Wyman Flint and Sons
27 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)
• Bennington Pottery Company
• Black Cat Textiles
• Cooperative Design
• H E Bradford Company
The period in which a person intending to file an asbestos claim should initiate legal actions is known as the statute of limitations. In the State of Vermont, the statute of limitations for asbestos is three years from the date of the diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease.
In case an individual with asbestos-related disease dies, a wrongful death asbestos claim can be filed by heirs within two years from the date of death.Free Evaluation & Advice
If you were a worker exposed to asbestos in the 1960s-1980s, the peak period of asbestos use, your current health problems could be asbestos-related, as asbestos has a long latency period. Occupations associated with asbestos exposure during the 1960s-1980s were mining and milling of raw asbestos, construction, product manufacture, use of end products. Sharing the workspace where others handled asbestos could have also been a cause of asbestos exposure.Asbestos Occupations
Veterans who served in the 1940s-1980s are, also, at high risk of developing health problems from asbestos because many military occupations entailed asbestos exposure. Veterans eligible for benefits are not only the ones that served in the main five branches (air force, army, coast guard, marines, navy) but also those who served in other uniformed services: national oceanic and atmospheric administration, U.S. environmental services administration, U.S. public health service.Asbestos Exposure & Veterans
Perhaps the most frightening aspect of asbestos exposure is that you didn't have to work with asbestos or in an asbestos processing plant to inhale airborne fibers. In the past, asbestos workers and veterans went home carrying asbestos dust on their clothes, because of a lack of proper industrial hygiene. The families were then exposed via inhalation of asbestos dust. Asbestos secondary exposure can be the source of potential asbestos-related diseases. Our legal system offers workers, veterans, and family members the option to file asbestos claims. If your significant other or anyone else in the family has worked with asbestos and subsequently you got cancer or an asbestosis diagnosis, you are entitled to get fair and adequate monetary compensation.Contact Our Attorneys
The attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. can help you file an asbestos claim and recover compensation for:
Surviving family members can recover compensation for:
If you were injured by occupational asbestos exposure and struggle with one of the diseases below, you are immediately eligible for compensation. Since these are very serious diseases that are directly linked to asbestos exposure, all you have to do is give our law firm a call and send our legal experts the necessary documents for filing a claim.Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer
On the other hand, if you suffer from one of the following diseases and suspect it was the result of asbestos exposure, you will be required to undergo free, additional medical tests with our medical team in Birmingham, Alabama in person. Because the connection between these health problems and asbestos exposure is not completely clear, we will need to find out whether asbestos exposure is the real cause of your diagnosis.AsbestosisPulmonary FibrosisPleural PlaquesPleural EffusionDiffuse Pleural ThickeningCOPDEmphysemaChronic BronchitisPleurisyLung NodulesLung SpotsAsthmaTuberculosisPneumonitisHistoplasmosisRounded AtelectasisLung Scarring Bladder Cancer
Current and former residents of Vermont 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 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.
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.
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.
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 and inform us about any products that were in your working environment.
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, such as medical records from your treating hospital or physician, employment records, social security records from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and, if applicable, military records. 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 to one year. We will also report to Medicare to obtain a clearance to release funds to you.
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 scheduled 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.
Trustees make a determination and decide whether they will or won't pay the asbestos claim. Usually, payment comes within a couple of months to one year, and we can set up a stream of revenue for our clients. You will receive your compensation in one installment.
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. The case valuation matrix is a document approximating historical settlement 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.
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.See Our Process
We are a team of lawyers handling asbestos claims in Vermont. We provide expert legal advice to our clients and assure their legal actions are hassle-free. We investigate each case in depth to discover the most likely sites of asbestos exposure in the workplace. Our law firm has gained accolades for excellent service and achievements in the field of asbestos litigation. For this reason, Vermont residents choose us. Apart from legal assistance, we will also provide recommendations regarding the best treatment options available in your area.