01. Laws and Regulations
Georgia Asbestos Laws and Regulations
The Georgia legislature and state agencies have passed various rules and regulations around air quality, asbestos abatement, and related legal topics.
Asbestos Abatement Rules in Georgia
As with other states, Georgia has incorporated the EPA’s National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutant (NESHAP) into the state’s laws. The state agency responsible for overseeing NESHAP is the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rules for Air Quality Control, as outlined in Chapter 391-3-1-.02(9)(b)7 of the state’s legal code. Before starting any demolition or renovation projects, building owners and contractors in Georgia need to make sure their projects are in compliance with the air quality standards regarding removal and encapsulation of asbestos. Prior to such projects, the required notification must be made and applicable fees must be paid.
Asbestos Licensing in Georgia
Requirements around asbestos contractor licensing in Georgia is detailed under Chapter 391-3-14 of the state code, which requires contractors to complete training courses and meet other requirements before receiving their license. Licensed contractors are required to display their licenses at project sites for review by the Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Georgia. However, in February 2017, an investigative report by a local news team in Atlanta revealed that the state had defunded the program used to inspect asbestos contractors’ licenses in 2011, meaning that the state agency was no longer ensuring that asbestos work was being done by licensed professionals, regardless of the laws on the books.
Asbestos Disposal in Georgia
Friable asbestos-containing materials are required to be sealed in leak-proof containers before transport and disposal, according to Georgia regulations. Other asbestos-containing waste materials that are generally not considered friable – such as certain roofing materials, asbestos cement products, and vinyl flooring – may require alternative procedures, due to sharp edges and weight of the materials. Materials also need to be wetted, to help prevent asbestos dust from arising during transport.
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02. Asbestos Jobsites
Georgia Sites Where Mesothelioma Victims Worked
Many residents of Georgia who worked at large commercial or military sites were unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Hundreds of major sites throughout Georgia 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 Georgia.
Georgia Sites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
- University of Georgia
- Delta Air Lines
- Dupont Equipment & Insulation
- Emory University
- Georgia Power Company
- Georgia State University
- Grady Memorial Hospital
- Babcock & Wilcox Company
- Continental Can Company
- Babcock & Wilcox Company
- Brunswick Pulp & Paper Company
- Hercules Powder Plant
- Great Northern Paper Company
- Fort Benning Powerhouse
- National Biscuit Company (Nabisco)
- ITT Rayonier, Inc.
- Bibb Manufacturing Company
- Georgia Kraft Papermill
- Georgia Power Company
- Lockheed-Georgia Company
- Western Electric Company, Inc.
- Georgia Kraft Paper Mill
- American Cyanamid Company
- American Oil Company
- Georgia-Pacific Corporation
- Hunter Air Force Base
- Johns-Manville Products Corporation
- Southern Cotton Oil Company
- Union Camp Paper Company
- Robins Air Force Base
Beyond the list above, asbestos exposure was prevalent at many other work sites in Georgia as well. If the site where you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos is not on the list above, contact a lawyer to see if the job site where you worked had a history of exposing workers to asbestos.
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Georgia Mesothelioma Lawsuits
Residents of Georgia who lived in the following cities and towns have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to protect their rights and to seek compensation from negligent manufacturers and distributers of asbestos.
- Athens, GA
- Atlanta, GA
- Augusta, GA
- Brunswick, GA
- Buchanan, GA
- Centerville, GA
- College Park, GA
- Columbus, GA
- Conyers, GA
- Covington, GA
- Crawfordville, GA
- Cumming, GA
- Dacula, GA
- Dallas, GA
- Dalton, GA
- Decatur, GA
- Donalsonville, GA
- Ellijay, GA
- Fayetteville, GA
- Folkston, GA
- Gainesville, GA
- Griffin, GA
- Hazelhurst, GA
- Hiram, GA
- Homerville, GA
- Jonesboro, GA
- Kennesaw, GA
- Lagrange, GA
- Lilburn, GA
- Macon, GA
- Marietta, GA
- Millen, GA
- Murrayville, GA
- Nahunta, GA
- Newnan, GA
- Reynolds, GA
- Ringgold, GA
- Rockmart, GA
- Rossville, GA
- Savannah, GA
- Silver Creek, GA
- Smyrna, GA
- Snellville, GA
- St. George, GA
- Statesboro, GA
- Stockbridge, GA
- Stone Mountain, GA
- Trenton, GA
- Tucker, GA
- Waleska, GA
- Waycross, GA
- Winder, GA
Settlements Obtained for Georgia Workers
We have listed below a few of the verdicts and settlements compensating victims of asbestos exposure in Georgia.
$4.3 MILLION: Household – 49 years old
$2.6 MILLION: Maintenance/Powerhouse – 73 years old
$2.5 MILLION: Navy – 68 years old
$2.3 MILLION: Insulator – 72 years old
$2.3 MILLION: Steel Worker – 81 years old
$1.9 MILLION: Sales – 81 years old
$1.8 MILLION: Household – 56 years old
$1.8 MILLION: Painter/Office Worker – 75 years old
$1.6 MILLION: Mechanic – 81 years old
$1.6 MILLION: Carpenter – 86 years old
Note: Each lawsuit is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in the future. Contact a reputable Georgia mesothelioma lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.
05. Law Firms
Top Mesothelioma Law Firms that Practice in Georgia
The following law firms have attorneys with significant experience in litigating mesothelioma cases. These asbestos law firms either have offices in Georgia or have filed lawsuits on behalf of Georgia 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.
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.
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.
06. Filing Deadlines
Georgia Mesothelioma Filing Deadlines
When contemplating whether or not to file a legal complaint to seek compensation for injuries resulting from workplace asbestos exposure, it is important to understand the state by state time restrictions placed on doing so. If you fail to act in time, you can lose your rights to compensation. As mesothelioma has a long latency period, the rules surrounding legal deadlines can become somewhat complicated. The specific deadlines for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit in Georgia are outlined in the table below.
Georgia Mesothelioma Lawsuit Deadlines
2 years after mesothelioma diagnosis
2 years after death from mesothelioma
Gathering the evidence necessary to file a mesothelioma lawsuit can be time-consuming, so it is important to begin the process as soon as possible. Talk to a lawyer experienced with asbestos-related claims to make sure that you and your family do not lose your right to compensation.