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Asbestos exposure in Virginia can lead to mesothelioma and other serious illness. This page provides information about related laws, legal options, deadlines and attorneys in Virginia. Asbestos victims in the state may pursue legal help to gain compensation. 

01. Laws and Regulations

Virginia Asbestos Laws and Regulations

In addition to federal laws, individuals and corporate entities in Virginia must follow state rules and regulations with respect to asbestos. Below is a summary of Virginia-specific laws regulating asbestos.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure in Virginia

The primary regulator of asbestos in Virginia is the state’s Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI). Specifically, this state agency enforces regulations set forth in the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) law. The agency oversees the EPA’s NESHAP standards, as well as the rules around asbestos notification that are included in the Labor Laws of Virginia (§40.1-51.20). DOLI also manages the process for notifying residents, employees, and visitors of buildings of activities that could lead to asbestos exposure, including renovation, remediation, or demolition. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) supervises landfill operations. Asbestos waste must be disposed of only in designated landfills, although owners of non-designated landfills can request to accept asbestos-containing materials in some circumstances.

Licensing of Virginia Asbestos Professionals

Virginia asbestos inspectors, abatement specialists, and contractors must be licensed. Asbestos licensing and testing are directed by the Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors, a division of the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. The rules and requirements around asbestos licensure are found in Chapter 5 of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Virginia Sites Where Mesothelioma Victims Worked

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

Virginia Sites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

  • Alexandria

    • Potomac Electric & Power Company
    • Shirley Industrial Center
  • Arlington

    • Pentagon Building
  • Big Island

    • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Blacksburg

    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Charlottesville

    • University of Virginia
  • Covington

    • Virginia Pulp and Paper
    • Westvaco Plant
  • Dumfries

    • Possum Point Power Station
  • Hopewell

    • Firestone Synthetic Fibers Company
    • Firestone Tire & Rubber
    • Solvay Process Company
  • Lynchburg

    • Lynchburg Foundry Company
  • Newport News

  • Norfolk

  • Quantico

    • United States Marine Barracks
  • Richmond

    • Allied Chemical Company
    • Halifax Paper Company Inc
    • Reynolds Metals Company
    • Virginia Electric & Power Company
    • Virginia Railway and Power Company
    • Westvaco Corporation
  • Saltville

    • Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
  • Waynesboro

    • Dupont Rayon Company
  • West Point

    • The Chesapeake Corporation of Virginia
  • Yorktown

    • American Oil Company
    • Yorktown Refinery

In addition to the list above, asbestos exposure has occurred at many other locations in Virginia 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 jobsite in question had a history of exposing workers to asbestos.

03. Lawsuits

Virginia Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Residents of Virginia 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.

  • Alexandria, VA
  • Ashland, VA
  • Barren Springs, VA
  • Burke, VA
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Chesapeake, VA
  • Chester, VA
  • Chesterfield, VA
  • Clifton Forge, VA
  • Colonial Beach, VA
  • Dante, VA
  • Fairfax, VA
  • Falls Church, VA
  • Fincastle, VA
  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • Front Royal, VA
  • Gladstone, VA
  • Gladys, VA
  • Glasgow, VA
  • Hague, VA
  • Hampton, VA
  • Hardy, VA
  • Haymarket, VA
  • Henrico, VA
  • Herndon, VA
  • Kenbridge, VA
  • Leesburg, VA
  • Locust Grove, VA
  • Louisa, VA
  • Madison Heights, VA
  • Marshall, VA
  • Mechanicsville, VA
  • Nickelsville, VA
  • Norfolk, VA
  • North Chesterfield, VA
  • Norton, VA
  • Oakton, VA
  • Penhook, VA
  • Portsmouth, VA
  • Quinby, VA
  • Reston, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Saltville, VA
  • Springfield, VA
  • Strasburg, VA
  • Tasley, VA
  • Unionville, VA
  • Verona, VA
  • Viewtown, VA
  • Vinton, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Wicomico Church, VA
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • Winchester, VA
04. Settlements

Mesothelioma Settlements Obtained for Virginia Workers

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

  • $9.0 MILLION: Navy – 58 years old
  • $4.0 MILLION: Machinist – 58 years old
  • $2.5 MILLION: Navy/Engineer – 62 years old
  • $2.2 MILLION: Marines / Sales – 72 years old
  • $1.9 MILLION: Maintenance – 63 years old
  • $1.8 MILLION: Laborer – 68 years old
  • $1.8 MILLION: Furnace Installation – 65 years old
  • $1.7 MILLION: Mechanic/Carpenter – 73 years old
  • $1.6 MILLION: Navy/Shipyard – 64 years old
  • $1.5 MILLION: Navy/Pipefitter – 81 years old

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

05. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Law Firms in Virginia

The following law firms have attorneys with significant experience in litigating mesothelioma cases. These law firms either have offices in Virginia or have filed lawsuits on behalf of Virginia 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 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.

Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC

Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC is comprised of experienced trial attorneys who possess knowledge and familiarity with asbestos-related diseases. We believe that those injured by careless asbestos exposure have the right to fair recompense for their suffering, and we are committed to holding the reckless companies responsible.

06. Filing Deadlines

Virginia Mesothelioma Filing Deadlines

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

Virginia Mesothelioma Lawsuit Deadlines
Personal Injury

2 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

2 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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