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Commercial and military asbestos exposure in Massachusetts has placed many men and women in harm’s way. Asbestos exposure can lead to the development of malignant mesothelioma and other related diseases. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may wish to consult a local lawyer who can help you get compensation to pay for medical treatments and hold responsible companies accountable for their negligence.

01. Laws and Regulations

Massachusetts Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Several Massachusetts departments oversee the enforcement of asbestos regulations in the state. Below is a brief description of these laws and the departments that monitor them.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection oversees many asbestos regulations for the state, including NESHAP requirements. These regulations can be found under Section 7 of Title 310 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations. Massachusetts does not have a federally approved OSHA state plan, but does have a free consultation program to help businesses stay on top of any potential violations and correct any bad practices. Federal OSHA offices can be found in Andover, Braintree, and Springfield. The onsite consultation program is available through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and is located in Lawrence.

Licensing of Massachusetts Asbestos Professionals

All asbestos professionals working in the state must be certified by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards. Licensing regulations, as well as removal and disposal laws, can be found under Section 6 of Title 453 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations.

Asbestos Transport and Disposal in Massachusetts

Both the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Labor Standards must receive proper notification of asbestos removal and disposal at least 10 days prior to work starting. The Department of Solid Wastes specifically oversees asbestos-containing waste is disposed of properly in certified landfills, and also requires notification 10 days prior to the disposal of these materials. There is currently only one certified landfill in the state in Westminster, but these materials can sometimes be transported to landfills in neighboring states like New Hampshire.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Massachusetts Sites Involved in Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Hundreds of commercial and military work sites throughout Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

Commercial and Military Asbestos Exposure in Massachusetts

  • Amherst

    • University of Massachusetts
  • Bedford

    • Hanscom Air Force Base
  • Boston

    • Boston & Maine Railroad Company
    • Commonwealth Edison
    • John Hancock Building
    • Logan International Airport
    • Mystic Power Station
    • Prudential Center
    • South Boston Naval Drydock
  • Cambridge

    • Bethlehem Steel Company
    • Harvard University
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Charlestown

  • Everett

    • Monsanto Chemical Company
  • Lynn

    • General Electric Company
  • Pittsfield

    • General Electric Company
  • Quincy

    • Bethlehem Steel, General Dynamics
    • Fore River Shipyard
  • Rowe

    • Yankee Atomic Electric Company
  • Salem

    • New England Power Company
  • Worcester

    • Worcester State Hospital

In addition to the list above, asbestos exposure has occurred at many other locations in Massachusetts 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

Mesothelioma Lawsuits Filed in Massachusetts

Residents of Massachusetts 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.

  • Abington, MA
  • Acushnet, MA
  • Adams, MA
  • Amesbury, MA
  • Andover, MA
  • Attleboro, MA
  • Avon, MA
  • Bellingham, MA
  • Beverly, MA
  • Boston, MA
  • Bradford, MA
  • Brockton, MA
  • Brookfield, MA
  • Burlington, MA
  • Buzzards Bay, MA
  • Carver, MA
  • Charlton, MA
  • Chelsea, MA
  • Dennis, MA
  • Dorchester, MA
  • Drury, MA
  • Dudley, MA
  • East Bridgewater, MA
  • East Falmouth, MA
  • East Hampton, MA
  • East Longmeadow, MA
  • Fairhaven, MA
  • Fall River, MA
  • Falmouth, MA
  • Framingham, MA
  • Granby, MA
  • Harwich Port, MA
  • Hingham, MA
  • Holyoke, MA
  • Hull, MA
  • Leominster, MA
  • Littleton, MA
  • Lowell, MA
  • Lynnfield, MA
  • Maldon, MA
  • Mansfield, MA
  • Mashpee, MA
  • Medway, MA
  • Merrimac, MA
  • Merrimack, MA
  • Methuen, MA
  • Milford, MA
  • Millville, MA
  • Natick, MA
  • Needham, MA
  • New Bedford, MA
  • North Attleboro, MA
  • Northampton, MA
  • Norwood, MA
  • Peabody, MA
  • Plymouth, MA
  • Plympton, MA
  • Reading, MA
  • Rockland, MA
  • Rowley, MA
  • Sagamore Beach, MA
  • Sandwich, MA
  • Saugus, MA
  • Scituate, MA
  • Shrewsbury, MA
  • South Attleboro, MA
  • South Boston, MA
  • South Chatham, MA
  • South Easton, MA
  • Southampton, MA
  • Southwick, MA
  • Springfield, MA
  • Stoneham, MA
  • Sturbridge, MA
  • Sudbury, MA
  • Sutton, MA
  • Swansea, MA
  • Taunton, MA
  • Tewksbury, MA
  • Townsend, MA
  • Wakefield, MA
  • Wareham, MA
  • Wayland, MA
  • West Roxbury, MA
  • West Springfield, MA
  • Westfield, MA
  • Westford, MA
  • Weymouth, MA
  • Whitman, MA
  • Williamsburg, MA
  • Wilmington, MA
  • Worcester, MA
  • Yarmouth Port, MA
  • Yarmouthport, MA
04. Settlements

Mesothelioma Settlements for Massachusetts Residents

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

  • $2.4 MILLION: Shipyard / Plantworker – 66 years old
  • $2.3 MILLION: Contractor / Welder – 63 years old
  • $2.0 MILLION: Pipefitter / Navy – 76 years old
  • $2.0 MILLION: Navy / Office – 72 years old
  • $1.9 MILLION: Merchant Marine / Engineer – 72 years old
  • $1.9 MILLION: Household – 56 years old
  • $1.8 MILLION: Navy / Laborer – 70 years old
  • $1.7 MILLION: Steam Engineer – 71 years old
  • $1.5 MILLION: Household / Plantworker – 69 years old
  • $1.4 MILLION: Shipyard / Sheetmetal – 57 years old

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

05. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Law Firms that Practice in Massachusetts

The law firms listed below have a specific focus in representing mesothelioma victims. They either have filed lawsuits on behalf of Massachusetts residents or have offices in Massachusetts. Mesothelioma law firms have the experience and knowledge necessary to work effectively and efficiently on your behalf.

Deaton Law Firm

The Deaton Law Firm offers support to those suffering from Mesothelioma and asbestos related diseases. We provide compassionate assistance, guidance and hope to those diagnosed with Mesothelioma. We are dedicated to holding corporate entities accountable to you and your family for their negligent actions.

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

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.

Shepard Law

If you’ve chosen Shepard Law, you’ve made the right choice. With special expertise handling environmental torts, such major asbestos claims involving mesothelioma or lung cancer, we commit the full resources of our firm to every case we take.

Thornton Law Firm

For more than 35 years, Thornton Law Firm LLP has been a leader in mesothelioma and asbestos illness litigation.  We have a national reputation for persistence and success that draws clients from throughout the Northeast and across the country.

06. Filing Deadlines

Massachusetts Mesothelioma Filing Deadlines

Once diagnosed, a mesothelioma victim has a limited amount of time to file a mesothelioma lawsuit in Massachusetts. 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 Massachusetts.

Mesothelioma Filing Deadlines in Massachusetts
Personal Injury

3 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

3 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.

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