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Workplace and military asbestos exposure in New Mexico has been a serious issue. Prolonged asbestos exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Because treatments for these conditions can be expensive, you may wish to consult a local mesothelioma lawyer who can help you get compensation and hold responsible companies accountable for their negligence. Read more about legal options available in New Mexico below.

01. Laws and Regulations

New Mexico Asbestos Laws and Regulations

New Mexico largely follows federal asbestos regulations, including NESHAP standards and safety measures to protect workers from exposure.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure in New Mexico

The New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau is in charge of the majority of the asbestos regulations in the state. Residents with any questions about regulations may call their Asbestos Hotline at 1-800-224-7009. The New Mexico Occupational Health & Safety Bureau in Santa Fe oversees that workplaces adhere to federal OSHA standards. This agency is part of the New Mexico Environment Department, as well.

Licensing of New Mexico Asbestos Professionals

Asbestos contractors must adhere to the NESHAP requirements for training and remediation procedures. All professionals must be licensed by the New Mexico Construction Industry Division to perform any asbestos work. Professionals will need to attain both a GB-98 general contractor’s license and a GS-29 special contractor’s license from the division. Additional regulations may be found in the New Mexico Administrative Code, Title 14, Chapter 6.

Asbestos Transport and Disposal in New Mexico

The New Mexico Solid Waste Bureau regulates the transportation and disposal of asbestos and other hazardous materials. New Mexico has several certified landfills that can accept asbestos waste products. Chapter 9 of Title 20 of the New Mexico Administrative Code specifies these regulations.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

New Mexico Sites Where Victims Worked

Many residents of New Mexico who worked at large commercial or military sites were unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Hundreds of major sites throughout New Mexico 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 New Mexico.

Commercial and Military Exposure in New Mexico

  • Albuquerque

    • American Gypsum Company
    • Columbia Asbestos Company
    • Federal Building
    • Kirtland Air Force Base
    • Owens Corning Fiberglass
    • Reeves Power Plant
    • United States Veterans Hospital
    • University of New Mexico
  • Carlsbad

    • International Minerals and Chemicals Corporation
    • National Mine
    • Owens-Corning
    • United States Potash Company
  • Gallup

    • Giant Refining New Mexico
    • United Nuclear Corporation
  • Roswell

    • Walker Air Force Base

Beyond the list above, asbestos exposure was prevalent at many other work sites in New Mexico 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.

03. Lawsuits

New Mexico Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Residents of New Mexico who lived in the following cities and towns have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to protect their rights and to seek compensation from negligent manufacturers and distributors of asbestos.

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Anthony, NM
  • Belen, NM
  • Cedar Crest, NM
  • Chama, NM
  • Elephant Butte, NM
  • Farmington, NM
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Rio Rancho, NM
  • Roswell, NM
  • San Felipe Pueblo, NM
  • Santa Fe, NM
04. Settlements

New Mexico Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts

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

  • $3.7 MILLION: Insulator – 79 years old
  • $2.6 MILLION: Maintenance/National Guard – 61 years old
  • $2.1 MILLION: Navy/Boiler Operator – 61 years old
  • $1.9 MILLION: Construction/Plantworker – 61 years old
  • $1.9 MILLION: Shipyard/Maintenance – 83 years old
  • $1.3 MILLION: Navy/Painter – 76 years old
  • $1.2 MILLION: Pipefitter – 74 years old
  • $800,000: Army/Maintenance – 83 years old
  • $700,000: Navy/Shipyard – 64 years old
  • $600,000: Shipyard – 83 years old

Note: Each lawsuit is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in the future. Contact a reputable New Mexico mesothelioma lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.

05. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Law Firms that Practice in New Mexico

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

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national mesothelioma 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.

06. Filing Deadlines

Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations in New Mexico

The length of time an individual has to file a mesothelioma lawsuit varies from state to state. The length of time also will vary depending on whether you are filing a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit. The deadlines for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit in the state of New Mexico are stated in the table below.

New Mexico Statute of Limitations
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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