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Exposed to Asbestos in West Virginia?

The primary sources of asbestos exposure in West Virginia were coal mining places that released high amounts of asbestos dust into the air and chemical plants, power stations, steel mills, and oil refineries.

How and Where Were You Exposed to Asbestos in West Virginia?

The presence of more than 100 coal beds in the State of West Virginia has led to the establishment of a vast number of mining industries that have employed thousands of coal miners.

Cabin Creek

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Cabin Creek

59 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• AEP Cabin Creek Power Station
• Appalachian Electric Power Company
• Appalachian Power and Light. Company
• Cabin Creek Power Plant
• Hope Natural Gas Company
• Pure Oil Company

Fairmont

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Fairmont

42 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company
• Boston and Ohio Railroad Company
• City Water Works
• Consolidation Coal Company
• Fairmont Aluminum Plant
• Fairmont and Clarksburg Traction Company
• Monogahela Power Company
• New England Engineering Company
• Owens-Illinois Glass Company
• Sharon Steel
• Western Electric Company
• Westinghouse Electric

Glasgow

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Glasgow

59 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Appalachian Electric Power Company
• Appalachian Electric Power Company - Kanawha River Plant
• Glasgow Powerhouse

Huntington

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Huntington

155 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Ace Industries
• American Car Foundry
• Asbestos Service Company
• C & O Railroad
• Camden Inter State Railway Company
• Chas. Boldt Glass Company
• Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company
• Connors Steel
• Consolidated Light Heat and Power Company
• CSX Railroad
• CSX Transportation
• Danco Incorporated
• Enterprise-Black Diamond Corporation
• Fesemier Packing Company
• Houdaille Hershey Corp
• Huntington Auto Supply Machine Shop
• Huntington Pipe Incorporated
• Huntington Water Company
• Inco Alloys International
• International Nickel Company
• J.M. Mccoach and Company
• Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corp
• Locke Manufacturing Company
• Martin Steel
• Mccorkle Machine
• Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.
• Owens Bottle Company
• Owens Brockway
• Owens Corning Fiberglas Corporation
• Owens Illinois Glass Company
• Owens-Illinois, Inc.
• Panasote Plant
• Standard Ultramarine Company
• Steel of West Virginia
• West Siding

Institute

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Institute

59 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• B. F. Goodrich
• Carbide and Carbon Chemical Corp
• Dupont
• E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
• Goodrich Gulf Chemicals Inc
• Institute West Virginia Plant
• Monsanto Chemical Company
• Union Carbide & Carbon Chemical Corporation

Morgantown

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Morgantown

32 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Amer Sheet and Tin Plate Company
• Bureau of Mines
• E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company
• Fort Martin Power Plant
• Hayden Chemical Company
• Mathieson Chemical Corporation
• Mississippi Glass Company
• Monongalia County City Garage
• Morgantown Electric and Tract. Company
• Morgantown Energy Association
• Olin Mathieson Chemical
• Ordnance Works Disposal Areas
• Pace Work Shop
• Sterling Faucet
• Sterling Tubular Prod. Company
• U. S. Bureau of Mines
• Union Utilities Company
• West Virginia Plate Glass Company

New Haven

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
New Haven

17 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• AEP Graham's Power Station
• American Alloys
• American Electric Power
• Appalachian Power Company
• Central Operating Company
• Foote Mineral
• Mountaineer Power Plant
• New Haven Power Plant
• Philip Sporn Generating Station

New Martinsville

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
New Martinsville

63 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Bayer Corporation
• Central Valley Insulation Company
• Centurial Products
• Columbia Southern Chemical Company
• L Air Liquide
• Mitchell Generating Station/ Ohio Power
• Mobay Chemical Company
• Pierce Electric
• Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company Chemical Div
• Viking Glass Company

Nitro

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Nitro

59 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Allied Chemical Company
• American Viscose Corporation
• Avtex Fibers
• Charleston Paper Manufacturing Company
• Fike Chemical
• FMC Corporation
• Ford Motor Company
• General Chemical Division Allied Chemical and Dye Corporation
• Great Lakes Chemical Corporation
• Monsanto
• Monsanto Chemical Company
• Monsanto Plant
• Plant C
• Powder Plant
• Roberts Chemical, Inc.
• Southern Dyestuffs Company
• Tall Oil Plant
• Union Boiler Repair Fabrication & Erection Company, Inc
• Viscoe
• West Virginia Water Works

Parkersburg

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Parkersburg

56 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Acme Fishing Tool Company
• American Viscose Corporation
• Ames Baldwin Wyoming Company
• AP Green Refractories Company
• Avtex Fibers Inc
• Brockway Glass Company
• Calco Chemical Division
• Citizens Building Supply
• Corning Glass Company
• Dupont Chemical
• Dupont Washington Bottom
• E I Dupont De Nemours Company
• FMC Corp
• Kanawha Traction and Electric Company
• Keene Corporation
• Libbey-Owens Ford Glass Company
• Monongahela Valley Traction Company
• Parkersburg Gas Electric Light and St. Railway
• Parkersburg Iron and Steel Company
• Parkersburg Water Works
• Union Carbide & Chemicals
• Viking Glass Company
• Washington Works

Washington

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Washington

56 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Carborundum Metals Company
• E.I. Du Pont De Nemours
• Saint-Gobain Advanced Ceramics Corporation
• Washington Works

Weirton

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Weirton

29 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Continental Can
• Koppers Company, Inc.
• National Steel
• Phillips Sheet and Tin Plate Company
• Strip Steel Department
• Weir Cove Moving & Storage Company
• Weirton National Steel
• Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel

Wheeling

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Wheeling

31 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• American Sheet and Tin Plate Company
• Amstan Corporation
• Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
• Belmont Works
• Blaw Knox Centre Foundry
• Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company
• Boston and Ohio Railroad
• Char and Iron Whitaker Glessner Company
• Consolidation Coal Company
• Continental Foundry & Machine Company
• Garvin's Jersey Farms, Inc.
• J.L. Stifel and Sons Inc.
• La Belle Iron Works
• Laughlin Nail Company
• National Tube Company Riverside Department
• New Sewage Disposal Plant
• Paul O. Reymann Company
• Pocahontas Tanning Company
• Reymann Brewg Company
• Riverside Iron Works
• Semet Solvay Company
• Steubenville and Wheeling Traction Company
• T & L Supply, Inc.
• Tyler Lube Company
• Valley Camp Coal Company
• West Va. Traction and Electric Company
• Wheeling and Elm Grove Railroad Company
• Wheeling Corrugating Company
• Wheeling Electrical Company
• Wheeling Railway Company
• Wheeling Steel Works
• Wheeling Traction. Company
• Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation
• Whitaker Glessner Company
• Whitaker Iron Company
• Wilson and Company

Willow Island

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Willow Island

6 Asbestos related deaths (1979-2001)

• Allegheny Power Service Corporation
• American Cyanimide Company
• Calco Chemical Company
• Cytec Industries Incorporated
• Monongahela Power Company
• Pleasants Powerhouse
• Willow Island Powerhouse

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Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in West Virginia

If you have been working at any of the job sites known for asbestos exposure in West Virginia and have developed mesothelioma or other asbestos-related cancer, you can file an asbestos claim to receive the just amount of compensation from the companies responsible for your illness. The statute of limitations in asbestos cases is two years from the date of the discovery of the asbestos-related disease.

For a wrongful death asbestos claim that can be filed when the patient with asbestos-related disease passes away, the two-year statute of limitation is applicable. Heirs need to file a wrongful death asbestos claim within two years from the date of death of their loved one.

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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 West Virginia

Current and former residents of West Virginia diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, and their family members should contact us as soon as possible. The statutes of limitations are only two 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 asbestos claim process.

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 West Virginia Choose Us?

We are an experienced team of attorneys with in-depth knowledge regarding the handling of asbestos litigation across West Virginia. We know thoroughly the asbestos laws followed in West Virginia and can help our clients throughout the legal process of pursuing an asbestos claim. We also perform a detailed investigation to check whether all sources of your asbestos exposure in the workplace have been covered in the request. Our long-standing success at helping our clients receive the just compensation they deserve has made West Virginia residents choose us. As we work with a multidisciplinary team of specialists, we can also help you find the best available medical treatment near your home.

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