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Individuals may have been exposed to asbestos at various sites in West Virginia. Asbestos can lead mesothelioma or other asbestos diseases. As a result, victims may seek legal action for compensation. This page provides information about state laws, legal options, attorneys and other resources for asbestos victims in West Virginia.

01. Laws and Regulations

West Virginia Asbestos Laws and Regulations

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection regulates the majority of asbestos-related laws in the state, including the enforcement of NESHAP standards.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure in West Virginia

OSHA has not approved a state plan for West Virginia, and instead helps govern the adherence to standards. A federal OSHA office is located in Charleston. West Virginia does have a compliance program, however, to help businesses avoid violations and take proper safety precautions. The Occupational Safety & Health Extension Service is offered through West Virginia University, and helps facilitate OSHA training and services for local businesses.

Training and Licensing of Asbestos Professionals in West Virginia

The West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources oversees the training and licensing of all asbestos professionals in the state. Anyone handling any size asbestos project needs to be certified and hold a current, valid license. Chapter 16, Article 32 of the Code of West Virginia specifies asbestos licensure laws for the state, which closely follow federal standards. The Department of Environmental Protection regulates the standards for asbestos removal and demolition practices that asbestos professionals must follow.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

West Virginia Sites Where Mesothelioma Victims Worked

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

West Virginia Sites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

  • Charleston

    • Acands, Inc.
    • Allied Services Incorporated
    • Ashland Oil & Refinery Company
    • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company
    • Ford Motor Company
    • Monsanto Chemical Company
    • Owens Illinois Glass Company
    • Union Carbide Chemical Company
    • United States Naval Ordnance Plant
    • West Virginia Power Company
  • Fairmont

    • Westinghouse Electric
  • Huntington

    • Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    • Steel of West Virginia
  • Morgantown

    • U. S. Bureau of Mines
    • University of West Virginia
  • New Martinsville

    • Bayer Corporation
  • Nitro

    • Allied Chemical Company
    • Fmc Corporation
  • South Charleston

    • Volkswagon Plant
  • Spring Hill

    • Shell Oil Company
  • Wheeling

    • Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation

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

West Virginia Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Residents of West 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.

  • Culloden, WV
  • Fairmont, WV
  • Hedgesville, WV
  • Milton, WV
  • Morgantown, WV
  • Moundsville, WV
  • Mount Carbon, WV
  • Paden City, WV
  • Parkersburg, WV
  • Union, WV
  • Vienna, WV
  • Weston, WV
  • Winfield, WV
04. Settlements

Mesothelioma Settlements for West Virginia Residents

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

  • $6.6 MILLION: Navy Worker/Machinist – 53 years old
  • $5.2 MILLION: Nurse Aide – 49 years old
  • $3.2 MILLION: Construction/Plantworker – 52 years old
  • $1.9 MILLION: Plantworker – 72 years old
  • $1.7 MILLION: Warehouse Worker – 58 years old
  • $1.6 MILLION: Household/Army – 79 years old
  • $1.4 MILLION: Household – 71 years old
  • $1.1 MILLION: Plantworker – 82 years old
  • $600,000: Army/Laborer – 66 years old
  • $500,000: Household/Secretary – 84 years old

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

05. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Law Firms that Represent West Virginia Residents

The following law firms have lawyers who specialize in handling mesothelioma cases. These firms either have offices in West Virginia or have filed lawsuits on behalf of West Virginia 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.

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

West Virginia Mesothelioma 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 West Virginia are outlined in the table below.

Mesothelioma Filing Deadlines in West Virginia
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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