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Workplace and military asbestos exposure in Wisconsin can lead to mesothelioma and other asbestos illnesses. This page provides information regarding state laws, legal options and resources for asbestos victims in the state of Wisconsin. 

01. Laws and Regulations

Wisconsin Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Several Wisconsin agencies administer the state’s asbestos laws, including the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Health Services (DHS).

Asbestos Regulations in Wisconsin

The state laws relating to asbestos are found primarily in the Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 254, which detail the certification requirements, testing fees, management of asbestos in buildings (including schools), indoor air quality rules, and penalties related to all of the above. The specific rules around training and certification requirements for asbestos activities are outlined in the Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter DHS 159, which includes separate provisions for individual certifications, corporate certifications, and accreditation of asbestos training courses and instructors.

Asbestos Program in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Asbestos Program is managed by the state’s DHS agency, primarily through the certification of asbestos workers, collection of licensing fees, management of asbestos notifications, and the inspection of asbestos abatement projects to ensure compliance with state and federal laws relating to asbestos. Only properly trained and licensed individuals can work on asbestos projects, and contractors must submit notification for any renovation or demolition operations that involve asbestos at least 10 working days before the work starts. The Wisconsin DHS also provides a way for workers or members of the public to report potentially unsafe asbestos work in their community.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Wisconsin Sites Involved in Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Hundreds of commercial and military work sites throughout Wisconsin have exposed unsuspecting workers to asbestos. We have listed below some of the most careless jobsites and employers who have been named as defendants in mesothelioma lawsuits filed in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Sites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

  • Appleton

    • A.P. Green Refractory Company
    • Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company
  • Fond Du Lac

    • International Paper Company
  • Green Bay

    • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • Madison

    • Alliant Energy
    • University of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee

    • A. O. Smith Corporation
    • Acands, Inc.
    • Atlantic Refining Company
    • Babcock and Wilcox Company
    • Cleaver Brooks
    • General Motors
    • Hotpoint Kitchen Appliances
    • Illinois Steel Company
    • Sprinkmann & Sons Corporation
    • Square D. Company
  • Wausau

    • Kraft Foods Company
    • Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company
  • Wisconsin Rapids

    • Consolidated Papers, Inc.

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

Wisconsin Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Residents of Wisconsin 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.

  • Amherst Junction, WI
  • Ashland, WI
  • Baraboo, WI
  • Berlin, WI
  • Birnamwood, WI
  • Boscobel, WI
  • Brandon, WI
  • Centuria, WI
  • Combined Locks, WI
  • De Pere, WI
  • Elkhorn, WI
  • Fon du Lac, WI
  • Fond du Lac, WI
  • Germantown, WI
  • Greendale, WI
  • Greenfield, WI
  • Hancock, WI
  • Hudson, WI
  • Iron River, WI
  • Kimberly, WI
  • La Crosse, WI
  • Lac Du Flambeau, WI
  • Luxenberg, WI
  • Madison, WI
  • Marquette, WI
  • Menomonee Falls, WI
  • Menomonie, WI
  • Mercer, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Muskego, WI
  • Neenah, WI
  • New Berlin, WI
  • Onalaska, WI
  • Oshkosh, WI
  • Pearson, WI
  • Pewaukee, WI
  • Potosi, WI
  • Prairie du Sac, WI
  • Racine, WI
  • Randolph, WI
  • Rhinelander, WI
  • Rice Lake, WI
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • South Milwaukee, WI
  • South Range, WI
  • Sun Prairie, WI
  • Tomah, WI
  • Tomahawk, WI
  • Trego, WI
  • Verona, WI
  • Viroqua, WI
  • Wales, WI
  • Watertown, WI
  • Waukesha, WI
  • Wausau, WI
  • West Bend, WI
  • West Salem, WI
  • Windsor, WI
04. Settlements

Mesothelioma Settlements Obtained for Wisconsin Workers

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

  • $4.7 MILLION: Navy/Teacher – 72 years old
  • $4.2 MILLION: Navy/Electrician – 68 years old
  • $3.5 MILLION: Navy/Mechanic – 56 years old
  • $3.4 MILLION: Maintenance – 57 years old
  • $3.4 MILLION: Plumber – 62 years old
  • $3.2 MILLION: Pipefitter – 72 years old
  • $3.0 MILLION: Plantworker – 70 years old
  • $3.0 MILLION: Household/Plantworker – 78 years old
  • $2.8 MILLION: Engineer/Plasterer – 60 years old
  • $2.6 MILLION: Plantworker/Sheetmetal – 68 years old
  • $2.5 MILLION: Navy/Electrician – 72 years old
  • $2.4 MILLION: Navy – 66 years old
  • $2.3 MILLION: Machinist/Maintenance – 71 years old

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

05. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Law Firms that Practice in Wisconsin

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

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

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Filing Deadlines

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

Mesothelioma Filing Deadlines in Wisconsin
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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