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Workplace and military asbestos exposure in Vermont can lead to mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. Asbestos victims may seek legal help for compensation. This page provides information regarding related laws, legal deadlines and attorneys for those in Vermont. 

01. Laws and Regulations

Vermont Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Vermont has a few agencies that oversee laws regulating the handling of asbestos and safety for workers in the state. Though these laws largely adhere to the federal standards, Vermont also has a few state-specific rules in place.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure in Vermont

Vermont has a state-approved OSHA plan that follows federal standards to protect workers from health and safety hazards, like asbestos. The Vermont Department of Labor oversees the VOSHA State Plan with a few state-specific standards in place in regard to permissible exposure limits. In 2017, VOSHA also raised penalties for first-time and repeat violations by $5,000 and $50,000 per violation, respectively, in the hopes of encouraging employers to better avoid violations. VOSHA regulations can be found in Chapter 28 of Title 18 of the Vermont Statutes.

Training and Licensing Asbestos Professionals in Vermont

The Vermont Department of Health oversees the training and licensing of all individuals handling asbestos projects in the state. The Vermont Regulation for Asbestos Control (Title 18, Chapter 26 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated) specifies the requirements to become a certified asbestos professional. These requirements follow the regulations laid out by the EPA’s NESHAP standards.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Vermont Work Sites Involved in Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Hundreds of commercial and military work sites throughout Vermont 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 Vermont.

Commercial and Military Asbestos Exposure in Vermont

  • Bellows Falls

    • International Paper Company
  • Bennington

    • Bennington Pottery Company
  • Burlington

    • Burlington Light Heat and Power Company
    • Burlington Water Dept.
    • General Electric
    • Mary Fletcher Hospital
    • Queen City Cotton Company
    • University of Vermont
    • Vermont Savings Bank
  • Montpelier

    • National Life Insurance Company
  • Rutland

    • Vermont Electric Power Company Inc.

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

Residents of Vermont 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.

  • Bristol, VT
  • Chester, VT
  • East Charleston, VT
  • Essex Junction, VT
  • Hyde Park, VT
  • Middlebury, VT
  • Milton, VT
  • Newbury, VT
  • North Clarendon, VT
  • Pittsford, VT
  • Poultney, VT
  • Vernon, VT
  • Waterford, VT
  • White River Junction, VT
04. Settlements

Vermont Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts

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

  • $1.4 MILLION: Navy/Shipyard – 82 years old
  • $1.1 MILLION: Army/Insulator – 63 years old
  • $700,000: Navy/Air Force – 79 years old
  • $700,000: Machinist/Design – 85 years old
  • $700,000: Navy/Sheetmetal – 81 years old
  • $600,000: Plumber/Steamfitter – 65 years old
  • $500,000: UI – 70 years old
  • $400,000: Navy/Laborer – 86 years old
  • $300,000: Plantworker – 81 years old
  • $100,000: Engineer/Navy Worker – 76 years old

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

05. Law Firms

Top Mesothelioma Law Firms that Practice in Vermont

The following law firms have attorneys with significant experience in litigating mesothelioma cases. These law firms either have offices in Vermont or have filed lawsuits on behalf of Vermont residents. They have extensive knowledge of asbestos manufacturers and distributors 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.

06. Filing Deadlines

Vermont Asbestos Filing Deadlines

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

Vermont Mesothelioma Lawsuit Deadlines
Personal Injury

3 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

2 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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