01. Laws and Regulations
Maine Asbestos Laws and Regulations
Maine closely follows federal regulations in regard to asbestos. Below is a brief summary of asbestos-related laws in the coastal state.
Occupational Asbestos Exposure in Maine
Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection oversees the asbestos regulations in the state, including that businesses adhere to the EPA’s NESHAP. These laws can be found under Chapter 12A of Title 38 of the Maine Revised Statutes. Maine has a state-approved OSHA plan with offices in Augusta. The Maine Department of Labor oversees workplace inspections, citations, and remediations. These regulations can be found in Chapter 6 of Title 26 of the Maine Revised Statutes.
Licensing of Maine Asbestos Professionals
Asbestos professionals in Maine must go through the proper training and have a license that will need to be renewed annually. The Department of Environmental Protection oversees the licensing of all asbestos professionals, the regulations for which can be found in Chapter 425 of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Rules.
Asbestos Transport and Disposal in Maine
Asbestos must be transported and disposed of by qualified individuals or companies. These regulations can be found in Chapter 6 of Title 26 of the Maine Revised Statutes, which are overseen by Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection.
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02. Asbestos Jobsites
Maine Sites Where Mesothelioma Victims Worked
Hundreds of commercial and military work sites throughout Maine have exposed unsuspecting workers to asbestos. We have listed below some of the most egregious jobsites and employers who have been named as defendants in mesothelioma lawsuits filed in Maine.
Asbestos Exposure at Maine Job Sites
- Central Maine Power Company
- Hudson Pulp and Paper Company
- Bangor Hydro-Electric Company
- University of Maine
- Bath Iron Works Corporation
- Loring Air Force Base
- Eastern Fine Paper and Pulp
- Androscoggin Mill
- International Paper Company
- Kennebec River Pulp 8 Paper Company Inc
- Great Northern Paper Company
- Cutter Fire Brick Company
- Oxford Paper Company
- Todd Shipyard
- New England Shipbuilding Corporation
- Maine Central Railroad Company
- S.D. Warren Company
- Scott Paper Company
- Central Maine Power Powerhouse
- Central Maine Power Company
Beyond the list above, asbestos exposure was prevalent at many other work sites in Maine 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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Maine Mesothelioma Lawsuits
Maine 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.
- Acton, ME
- Albion, ME
- Alexander, ME
- Auburn, ME
- Augusta, ME
- Bangor, ME
- Bass Harbor, ME
- Bath, ME
- Belfast, ME
- Berwick, ME
- Biddeford, ME
- Boothbay, ME
- Boothbay Harbor, ME
- Brooks, ME
- Brunswick, ME
- Cape Neddick, ME
- Caribou, ME
- Chesterville, ME
- Ellsworth, ME
- Falmouth, ME
- Greenville Junction, ME
- Hampden, ME
- Harpswell, ME
- Jay, ME
- Kennebunk, ME
- Kittery, ME
- Lewiston, ME
- Limerick, ME
- Lincolnville, ME
- Machias, ME
- Millinocket, ME
- Monmouth, ME
- Mount Desert, ME
- Old Town, ME
- Phippsburg, ME
- Portland, ME
- Roxbury, ME
- Scarborough, ME
- Sherman Station, ME
- Skowhegan, ME
- Swanville, ME
- Van Buren, ME
- Warren, ME
- Washington, ME
- Whitefield, ME
- Windham, ME
Maine Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts
As a reference point, we have provided below a sampling of settlements achieved on behalf of Maine residents who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.
$2.3 MILLION: Electrician / Army Worker – 83 years old
$2.1 MILLION: Household – 57 years old
$1.8 MILLION: Navy / Shipyard 65 years old
$1.8 MILLION: Navy / Mechanical Insulator – 75 years old
$1.7 MILLION: Shipyard Worker / Oiler / Fireman – 80 years old
$1.5 MILLION: Shipyard – 60 years old
$1.4 MILLION: Plumber – 65 years old
$1.4 MILLION: Electrician – 85 years old
$1.4 MILLION: Household / Plantworker – 55 years old
$1.4 MILLION: Electrician – 66 years old
Note: Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact a reputable Maine lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.
05. Law Firms
Maine Mesothelioma and Asbestos Law Firms
The law firms listed below have a specific focus in representing mesothelioma victims. They either have filed lawsuits on behalf of Maine residents or have offices in Maine. These asbestos law firms have the experience and knowledge necessary to work effectively and efficiently on your behalf.
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.
06. Filing Deadlines
Mesothelioma Lawsuit 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 Maine are outlined in the table below.
Maine Mesothelioma Lawsuit Deadlines
6 years after mesothelioma diagnosis
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.