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Workplace and military asbestos exposure in Tennessee continues to be a concern. Prolonged asbestos exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. On this page you will find information legal information regarding mesothelioma and asbestos in the state of Tennessee.

01. Laws and Regulations

Tennessee Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Two divisions within the Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation – the Division of Air Pollution Control (APC) and the Division of Solid Waste Management – administer asbestos laws and regulations for the state.

Asbestos Notification in Tennessee

Anyone who engages in the removal of regulated asbestos-containing materials in Tennessee during a building demolition or a renovation project must submit the appropriate notifications to the APC. Notifications are required when the amount of asbestos materials being removed meets federal NESHAP guidelines, regardless of what types of asbestos products are being removed or remediated. Asbestos notifications must be sent at least 10 working days in advance of the start of the project to the Nashville Environmental Field Office.

Asbestos Licensing in Tennessee

The Asbestos Accreditation Program in Tennessee is managed by the Division of Solid Waste Management, which reviews all applications for asbestos licenses and approves or disapproves of them within 60 days of submission. In general, anyone who wishes to receive an asbestos license must complete a certain amount of training commensurate with the type of work they are looking to complete. The application must be accompanied by the license fee and supporting documentation to certify that the individual has completed the required training.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Tennessee Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace

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

Commercial and Military Asbestos Exposure in Tennessee

  • Charleston

    • Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
  • Chattanooga

    • Chattanooga Electric Company
    • Combustion Engineering
    • E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
    • Tennessee Paper Mills Inc
  • Gallatin

    • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Kingsport

    • Mead Paper Mill
    • Tennessee Eastman Company
  • Knoxville

    • Knoxville Power Plant
    • Southern Railroad Delivery
    • University of Tennessee
  • Lowland

    • American Enka Corporation
  • Memphis

    • American Finishing Company
    • Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
    • Koppers Company, Inc.
    • Phoenix Cotton Oil Company
  • Millington

    • United States Naval Air Station
  • Nashville

    • Ford Glass Plant
    • Stauffer Chemical Company
    • University of Tennessee
    • Vanderbilt University
  • Oak Ridge

    • Clinton Engineer Works
    • Oakridge National Laboratory
    • Union Carbide Chemical Div
  • Old Hickory

    • E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
  • Tullahoma

    • Arnold Air Force Base

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

Residents of Tennessee 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.

  • Allardt, TN
  • Antioch, TN
  • Arlington, TN
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Cleveland, TN
  • Collierville, TN
  • Crossville, TN
  • Dandridge, TN
  • Drummonds, TN
  • Eads, TN
  • Elizabethton, TN
  • Etowah, TN
  • Fall Branch, TN
  • Franklin, TN
  • Gainesboro, TN
  • Germantown, TN
  • Hampton, TN
  • Hendersonville, TN
  • Hermitage, TN
  • Hixson, TN
  • Jackson, TN
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Kingsport, TN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • LaFollette, TN
  • Lakeland, TN
  • Lawrenceburg, TN
  • Lenoir City, TN
  • Livingston, TN
  • Lyles, TN
  • Maryville, TN
  • Mason, TN
  • McMinnville, TN
  • Memphis, TN
  • Morristown, TN
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Newbern, TN
  • Newport, TN
  • Nunnelly, TN
  • Pulaski, TN
  • Red Bank, TN
  • Selmer, TN
  • Springville, TN
  • Trenton, TN
  • Waverly, TN
  • West Moreland, TN
  • White Bluff, TN
04. Settlements

Tennessee Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts

We have listed below a few of the verdicts and settlements compensating victims of asbestos exposure in Tennessee.

  • $3.2 MILLION: Army/Maintenance – 81 years old
  • $2.4 MILLION: Plantworker/Household – 55 years old
  • $2.2 MILLION: Army/Plumber – 80 years old
  • $2.2 MILLION: Navy/Laborer – 74 years old
  • $1.8 MILLION: Marines/Electrician – 68 years old
  • $1.8 MILLION: Household/Plantworker – 71 years old
  • $1.4 MILLION: Navy/Mechanic – 85 years old
  • $1.4 MILLION: Electrician – 82 years old
  • $1.2 MILLION: Navy – 45 years old

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

05. Law Firms

Tennessee Mesothelioma and Asbestos Law Firms

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

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.

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

Tennessee Asbestos 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 Tennessee are outlined in the table below.

Tennessee Statute of Limitations
Personal Injury

1 year after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

1 year 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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