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Exposed to Asbestos in Vermont?

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.

How and Where Were You Exposed to Asbestos in Vermont?

Power plants and paper mills in Vermont used significant amounts of asbestos for fireproofing and protecting equipment from heat.

Bellows Falls

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bellows Falls

54 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Fall Mountain Mill
• Green Mountain Paper
• International Paper Company
• White Mt Paper Company
• Wyman Flint and Sons

Bennington

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bennington

27 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Bennington Pottery Company
• Black Cat Textiles
• Cooperative Design
• H E Bradford Company

Burlington

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Burlington

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

Montpelier

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Montpelier

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

Rutland

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Rutland

44 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Howe Scale Company
• Vermont Electric Power Company Inc.
• Vermont Marble

Saint Albans

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Saint Albans

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

Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in Vermont

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.

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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 Vermont

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.

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 Vermont Choose Us?

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.

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