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Commercial and military asbestos exposure in Rhode Island 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. Read more about legal options available in Rhode Island below.

01. Laws and Regulations

Rhode Island Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Several agencies in Rhode Island are responsible for governing asbestos laws in the state. For the most part, these regulations adhere to federal standards for the handling of asbestos and the protection of workers.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure in Rhode Island

Rhode Island does not have a state-approved OSHA plan, but does have an Occupational Safety Unit under the Department of Labor and Training that helps oversee adherence to occupational health and safety laws. A federal OSHA office is located in Providence, and there is also an on-site consultation program available through the Department of Health to help businesses improve their safety protocols.

Training and Licensing of Asbestos Professionals in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Department of Health is in charge of governing most laws in regard to the handling of asbestos. Asbestos professionals cannot work on any asbestos projects unless they have satisfactorily completed an approved training course and pass the final examination. Licenses will have to be renewed annually for asbestos abatement workers and biannually for site supervisors and asbestos abatement contractors. Asbestos contractors and abatement workers will also have to complete a certified annual review course that includes at least 8 hours of instruction. Asbestos site supervisors will need to complete an annual refresher course that involves at least 6 hours of instruction. Further detail for these regulations can be found in Section B.3 of the Rules and Regulations for Asbestos Control or Chapter 24.5 of Title 23 of the General Laws of the State of Rhode Island.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

High Profile Rhode Island Asbestos Sites

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

Asbestos Exposure at Rhode Island Job Sites

  • Ashton

    • Owens-Corning
  • Coventry

    • American Hoechst Corporation
  • Newport

    • U. S. Naval Base
  • Pawtucket

    • Pawtucket Electric Company
    • Royal Electric Corp
  • Providence

    • Allied Chemical
    • Brown University
    • Narragansett Electric Lighting Company
    • Providence College
    • Rhode Island Covering Company, Inc.
    • Rhode Island Hospital
    • Roger Williams Hospital
    • Roger Williams Hospital
    • Union Railroad Company
    • Uniroyal Incorporated
    • United Engineering
    • United States Rubber Company
    • University of Rhode Island
    • Walsh-Kaiser Company, Inc.
  • Quonset

    • Quonset Point Naval Station
  • Woonsocket

    • Rhode Island Dyeing and Finishing

Beyond the list above, asbestos exposure was prevalent at many other work sites in Rhode Island 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

Mesothelioma Lawsuits Filed in Rhode Island

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

  • Ashaway, RI
  • Barrington, RI
  • Bristol, RI
  • Charlestown, RI
  • Chepachet, RI
  • Coventry, RI
  • Cranston, RI
  • Cumberland, RI
  • East Greenwich, RI
  • Foster, RI
  • Harrisville, RI
  • Hope Valley, RI
  • Jamestown, RI
  • Johnston, RI
  • Lincoln, RI
  • Middletown, RI
  • Narragansett, RI
  • North Kingston, RI
  • North Kingstown, RI
  • North Providence, RI
  • Pawtucket, RI
  • Portsmouth, RI
  • Providence, RI
  • Richmond, RI
  • Riverside, RI
  • Rumford, RI
  • Smithfield, RI
  • Tiverton, RI
  • Warwick, RI
  • West Greenwich, RI
  • West Kingstown, RI
  • Westerly, RI
  • Woonsocket, RI
04. Settlements

Mesothelioma Settlements for Rhode Island Residents

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

  • $2.2 MILLION: Maintenance/Shipyard – 74 years old
  • $2.1 MILLION: Plantworker – 69 years old
  • $2.0 MILLION: Navy/Mechanic – 76 years old
  • $1.9 MILLION: Merchant Marine/Construction Worker – 87 years old
  • $1.6 MILLION: Navy Worker/Railroad Worker – 72 years old
  • $1.4 MILLION: Navy/Boiler Operator – 56 years old
  • $1.4 MILLION: Steamfitter/Shipyard – 67 years old
  • $1.4 MILLION: Merchant Marine/Construction – 78 years old
  • $1.4 MILLION: Navy/Pipefitter – 70 years old
  • $1.3 MILLION: Insulator – 70 years old

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

05. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Firms Practicing in Rhode Island

The following law firms have lawyers who specialize in handling mesothelioma cases. These firms either have offices in Rhode Island or have filed asbestos lawsuits on behalf of Rhode Island residents. They have knowledge of asbestos companies that have unknowingly caused exposure to asbestos to unsuspecting workers.

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.

06. Filing Deadlines

Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations in Rhode Island

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

Rhode Island Mesothelioma Lawsuit Deadlines
Personal Injury

3 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

3 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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