Delaware Asbestos Exposure
Despite the fact that Delaware is the most corporate-business friendly state in the union, a veritable a “flood of asbestos lawsuits” in Delaware courts starting in 2005, 80% of which were on behalf of out-of-state plaintiffs by an out-of-state mesothelioma lawyer.
There are two reasons for this:
- Unlike many states, Delaware law allows for joint and several liability. This can be helpful in asbestos cases, that usually have multiple defendants.
- Delaware places no limits on punitive damages; furthermore, federal law that was proposed in 2005 would have prohibited even large, powerful corporations (many of which are chartered in Delaware) from removing the case from its home state to a federal court.
Delaware Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Delaware where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Delaware there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.
As one of the oldest court systems in the nation, Delaware has no less than 101 chapters covering its legal code. One of these chapters is dedicated specifically to asbestos issues, which contains the most specific regulations of any state. According to Chapter 78, Section 1:
“The Delaware General Assembly hereby declares that it is in the interest of the public to control, reduce and prevent the exposure of the public to asbestos. It is the intent of the General Assembly to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public by regulating the practice of asbestos abatement, particularly in locations where the general public can reasonably be expected to have access for the purpose of ensuring that such abatement is performed in such a manner as to minimize exposure to asbestos fibers and contamination.”
Sources of Asbestos
Delaware is home to several oil refineries as well as the DuPont Chemical Corporation, which is generally acknowledged to be among of the worst corporate polluters on Earth. The state is also home to Dover Air Force Base, which has been identified as a site at which service personnel were exposed to friable asbestos.
In 2005, the population of Delaware was just over 840,000, yet reported 249 asbestos cancer deaths. Most of these however were due to asbestosis rather than mesothelioma. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos you should seek medical attention from mesothelioma clinics in your area.
Other Delaware Jobsites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural mesothelioma.
- Atlas Chemical Industries Inc
- Atlas Chemical Prod Corp
- Atlas Powder Company
- Ici Americas Inc
- Ici Atlas Point
- M. W. Kellogg Company
- Delmarva Power & Light Company
- Dupont Company
- E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Company
- Edge Moor General Station
- Edgemoor Iron Works
- Graver Tank & Manufacturing Company
- Krebs Pigment and Color Corporation
- Ludlow Manufacturing
- Delaware Power & Light Company
- Indian River Station
- Nrg Energy Inc
- Townsends, Inc
- Krebs Plant
- Allied Chemical Corporation
- General Chemical Company
- Sun Oil Chemical Plant
- Beebe Hospital
- Caterpillar Tractor Company
- E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
- Our Lady of Lourdes Church
- Pfm Construction Div
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