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Prolonged asbestos exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Workplace and military asbestos exposure in Delaware has been and continues to be a serious problem. As treatments for these conditions can be very expensive, you may wish to consult a local lawyer or law firm who can help you get compensation and hold responsible companies accountable for their negligence.

01. Laws and Regulations

Delaware Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Asbestos-related projects and concerns in Delaware are subject to the state’s additional rules and regulations in addition to the federal requirements. Below is a brief summary of asbestos-related laws in Delaware.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure in Delaware

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control oversees many of the asbestos regulations in Delaware, including overseeing that industries abide by the EPA’s NESHAP. These regulations can be found under Title 7 of the Delaware Administrative Code. Delaware does not have an OSHA approved state plan. There is a federal OSHA office in Wilmington, as well as an on-site consultation program available through the Department of Labor’s Division of Industrial Affairs. The department’s Office of Safety and Health Consultation provides free on-site surveys for small and medium construction or general industry businesses and assist in voluntary compliance.

Licensing of Delaware Asbestos Professionals

All asbestos professionals must be certified by the Office of Management and Budget’s Division of Facilities Management to work in Delaware. The regulations for certification can be found under Chapter 78 of Title 16 of the Delaware Code.

Asbestos Transport and Disposal in Delaware

Asbestos can only be transported to certified landfills in Delaware with the proper notification. The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Solid Waste & Hazardous Waste Section oversees the waste haulers and asbestos disposal locations.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Delaware Sites Where Mesothelioma Victims Worked

Many residents of Delaware who worked at large commercial or military sites were unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Hundreds of major sites throughout Delaware and the employers who managed them have put unsuspecting workers at risk for exposure to asbestos. Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of numerous people who worked at the following sites in Delaware.

Asbestos Exposure at Delaware Job Sites

  • Claymont

    • Allied Chemical
    • Delaware Water Corporation
    • General Chemical Company
    • Phoenix Steel Corporation
    • Westinghouse Electric Company
  • Delaware City

    • Delaware City Refinery
    • Getty Oil Refinery
    • Hoechst Polymer Corporation
    • Motiva Enterprises Delaware
    • Stauffer Chemical Company
    • Texaco Refining & Marketing Company
  • Dover

    • Dover Air Force Base
    • General Foods Corporation
    • International Latex
    • Kraft Foods, Inc.
    • Scott Paper Company
  • New Castle

    • Abex Corporation
    • American Brake Shoe Company
    • Amoco Chemical Corporation
    • Delaware State Hospital
    • Wilmington Airport
  • Newark

    • Chrysler Corp
    • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company
    • FMC Corporation
    • National Vulcanized Fiber Company
    • Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation
    • University of Delaware
  • Seaford

    • Caterpillar Tractor Company
  • Wilmington

    • Bestwall Gypsum Company
    • Bravo Shipyard
    • Container Corporation of America
    • Dravo Shipyard
    • General Electric
    • Georgia Pacific
    • Hercules Powder Company
    • Maryland Dry Dock Company
    • Wilmington Iron Works

In addition to the list above, asbestos exposure has occurred at many other locations in Delaware as well. If the site where you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos is not on the list above, contact an attorney to see if the job site in question had a history of exposing workers to asbestos.

03. Lawsuits

Delaware Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Delaware residents living in the following towns and cities have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to protect their rights and seek compensation from manufacturers and distributers of asbestos.

  • Bethany, DE
  • Delaware City, DE
  • Lewes, DE
  • Middletown, DE
  • Millsboro, DE
  • Milton, DE
  • Newark, DE
  • Newcastle, DE
  • Seaford, DE
  • Selbyville, DE
  • Wilmington, DE
04. Settlements

Settlements Obtained for Delaware Workers

As a reference point, we have provided below a sampling of settlements achieved on behalf of Delaware residents who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.

  • $2.1 MILLION: Engineer – 77 years old
  • $2.0 MILLION: Shipyard/Navy – 77 years old
  • $1.5 MILLION: Plantworker Rogers/Roofer – 68 years old
  • $1.4 MILLION: Navy/Repairman – 80 years old
  • $1.0 MILLION: Millwright – 94 years old
  • $800,000: Oil Refinery Worker/Roofer – 76 years old
  • $700,000: Household – 56 years old
  • $700,000: Navy/Painter – 67 years old
  • $600,000: Household – 82 years old
  • $300,000: Office Worker – 69 years old

Note: Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact a reputable Delaware lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.

05. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Firms that Represent Delaware Residents

The following law firms have attorneys with significant experience in litigating mesothelioma cases. These mesothelioma law firms either have offices in Delaware or have filed lawsuits on behalf of Delaware residents. They have extensive knowledge of asbestos manufacturers and distributers that have caused exposure to asbestos to unsuspecting workers.

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national law firm recognized for its representation of over 3,000 hardworking men and women who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma. ELSM’s experience in asbestos litigation spans four decades.
Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
At The Gori Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of people throughout the United States. This experience allows us to choose jurisdiction in which to file your case based on many factors including but not limited to state of residence, jobsites, and previous and current employers.
Simmons Hanly Conroy
As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a proven track record. Every mesothelioma lawyer at the firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.
Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC
Simon Greenstone Panatier, PC Our is comprised of experienced trial attorneys who possess knowledge and familiarity with asbestos-related diseases. We believe that those injured by careless asbestos exposure have the right to fair recompense for their suffering, and we are committed to holding the reckless companies responsible.
06. Filing Deadlines

Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations in Delaware

Once diagnosed, a mesothelioma victim has a limited amount of time to file a mesothelioma lawsuit in Delaware. For individuals who die from this aggressive cancer, their surviving family members also have a limited period in which to submit a claim. The table below outlines the specific personal injury and wrongful death statutes of limitation in the state of Delaware.

Delaware Mesothelioma Lawsuit Deadlines
Personal Injury

2 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

2 years after death from mesothelioma

To avoid missing a filing deadline, one must begin to gather evidence and file a claim quickly. The best way to do so is to hire a lawyer who is experienced with asbestos-related claims. Failing to act before the statute of limitations runs out could result in a loss of the right to compensation for you or your family.

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