Mesothelioma & Asbestos Law Firm In Massachusetts
Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a nationally recognized asbestos law firm specializing in mesothelioma lawsuits and currently accepting cases in Massachusetts. Our firm has represented clients affected by mesothelioma across Massachusetts, from Boston to Chelsea to Springfield.
With more than 40 years of experience, our mesothelioma lawyers have a thorough understanding of Massachusetts asbestos litigation and are prepared to assist you and your family with securing the compensation you deserve.
Filing Mesothelioma Lawsuits in Massachusetts
If you’ve lived, worked or served in the military in Massachusetts and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have the right to take legal action. There are numerous documented cases of asbestos exposure in Massachusetts, such as at the Boston Naval Shipyard.
Even if you no longer live in Massachusetts, you may have a right to compensation. Our mesothelioma lawyers can guide you through the legal process. We can assist you with collecting evidence of your asbestos exposure, choosing the appropriate location to file your claim and navigating your mesothelioma lawsuit.
Mesothelioma Compensation in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, mesothelioma victims and their families can seek compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, asbestos trust funds or workers' compensation.
Compensation can help cover various costs associated with mesothelioma, including:
- Medical costs
- Travel expenses for treatment
- Lost income
- Funeral expenses
- Pain, suffering and other expenses related to the disease
To receive the maximum compensation you’re entitled to, it’s important to work with a knowledgeable mesothelioma law firm. Our lawyers are experienced with the specifics of Massachusetts asbestos litigation and can help you understand your legal rights.
Meet Our Mesothelioma Lawyers
Our nationally recognized mesothelioma lawyers have fought for families across Massachusetts for the past four decades.
Massachusetts Statute of Limitations for Mesothelioma
In the state of Massachusetts, the statute of limitations for filing mesothelioma and asbestos claims is 3 years from the date of diagnosis. Similarly, for wrongful death claims, families of victims have a 3-year window from the date of their loved one's passing to initiate a claim.
Given the limited timeframe, it’s important for mesothelioma victims and their families in Massachusetts to quickly seek legal assistance. Delaying action could potentially lead to the expiration of the statute of limitations and losing the right to seek compensation.
Settlements for Mesothelioma Clients Living in Massachusetts
The following table represents some of the settlements our mesothelioma law firm has secured for clients in Massachusetts.
|State||Disease||Occupation / Exposure||Age||~ Monies to Date|
|MA||Mesothelioma||Merchant Marine / Engineer||72||~$5,700,000|
|MA||Mesothelioma||Navy / Mechanic||80||~$5,400,000|
|MA||Mesothelioma||Navy / Electrician||80||~$3,500,000|
|MA||Mesothelioma||Shipyard / Plantworker||66||~$2,400,000|
|MA||Mesothelioma||Contractor / Welder||63||~$2,300,000|
|MA||Mesothelioma||Navy / Office||72||~$2,000,000|
|MA||Mesothelioma||Pipefitter / Navy||76||~$2,000,000|
Please note that previous cases do not guarantee a similar outcome. If you have any questions about your legal rights, please contact us immediately.
Jobsites in Massachusetts with Documented Mesothelioma Cases
Unprotected workers are at the highest risk for asbestos exposure which could result in a mesothelioma diagnosis. Many different Massachusetts employers have exposed employees to asbestos.
Our asbestos lawyers have represented clients employed at some of the largest sites in Massachusetts where asbestos exposure took place:
- Bethlehem Steel Company - Cambridge
- Bethlehem Steel, General Dynamics - Quincy
- Boston & Maine Railroad Company - Boston
- Boston Naval Shipyard - Charlestown
- Commonwealth Edison - Boston
- Fore River Shipyard - Quincy
- General Electric Company - Lynn, Pittsfield
- Hanscom Air Force Base - Bedford
- Harvard University - Cambridge
- John Hancock Building - Boston
- Logan International Airport - Boston
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge
- Monsanto Chemical Company - Everett
- Mystic Power Station - Boston
- New England Power Company - Salem
- Prudential Center - Boston
- South Boston Naval Drydock - Boston
- University of Massachusetts - Amherst
- Worcester State Hospital - Worcester
- Yankee Atomic Electric Company - Rowe
These are certainly not the only Massachusetts locations where workers have experienced asbestos exposure. Regardless of where you or your loved one has resided, been employed or served in the military in Massachusetts, we can help you receive compensation for asbestos exposure.
ELSM Clients Living in Massachusetts
The mesothelioma lawyers of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen have represented clients throughout the state of Massachusetts and aided them in securing financial compensation for their loved ones. From Boston to Worcester, our clients live in the towns and cities of Massachusetts listed below:
Top Massachusetts Cities and Towns Where ELSM Clients Live
|Abington, MA 2||Acushnet, MA 1|
|Adams, MA 1||Amesbury, MA 2|
|Andover, MA 1||Ashland, MA 1|
|Athol, MA 1||Attleboro, MA 3|
|Avon, MA 1||Belchertown, MA 1|
|Bellingham, MA 2||Beverly, MA 1|
|Boston, MA 3||Bradford, MA 1|
|Braintree, MA 2||Brookfield, MA 1|
|Burlington, MA 1||Buzzards Bay, MA 2|
|Canton, MA 1||Carver, MA 1|
|Charlton, MA 1||Chelsea, MA 1|
|Chicopee, MA 1||Dennis, MA 1|
|Dorchester, MA 1||Drury, MA 1|
|Dudley, MA 1||East Bridgewater, MA 2|
|East Falmouth, MA 1||Easthampton, MA 1|
|Fairhaven, MA 1||Fall River, MA 2|
|Falmouth, MA 1||Framingham, MA 2|
|Franklin, MA 1||Granby, MA 1|
|Groton, MA 1||Halifax, MA 1|
|Hampden, MA 1||Hanover, MA 1|
|Harwich, MA 2||Harwich Port, MA 1|
|Hingham, MA 1||Holbrook, MA 1|
|Holyoke, MA 1||Hull, MA 1|
|Leominster, MA 1||Littleton, MA 1|
|Lowell, MA 2||Lynn, MA 1|
|Lynnfield, MA 1||Manchester, MA 1|
|Mansfield, MA 1||Marshfield, MA 1|
|Mashpee, MA 1||Medway, MA 1|
|Melrose, MA 1||Merrimac, MA 2|
|Methuen, MA 1||Milford, MA 1|
|Millville, MA 1||Montgomery, MA 1|
|Nahant, MA 1||Natick, MA 2|
|Needham, MA 2||New Bedford, MA 1|
|Newton, MA 1||North Attleboro, MA 1|
|North Chelmsford, MA 1||North Easton, MA 1|
|Northampton, MA 1||Norwood, MA 1|
|Peabody, MA 3||Plymouth, MA 4|
|Plympton, MA 1||Raynham, MA 1|
|Reading, MA 1||Rockland, MA 1|
|Rowley, MA 1||Sagamore Beach, MA 1|
|Salisbury, MA 1||Sandwich, MA 1|
|Saugus, MA 1||Scituate, MA 2|
|Shrewsbury, MA 2||South Attleboro, MA 1|
|South Boston, MA 2||South Chatham, MA 1|
|South Easton, MA 1||Southampton, MA 1|
|Southfield, MA 1||Southwick, MA 3|
|Springfield, MA 3||Sturbridge, MA 1|
|Sudbury, MA 2||Sutton, MA 1|
|Swansea, MA 1||Taunton, MA 2|
|Townsend, MA 1||Upton, MA 1|
|Waban, MA 1||Wakefield, MA 2|
|Wareham, MA 1||Wayland, MA 1|
|Webster, MA 1||Wellesley Hills, MA 1|
|West Roxbury, MA 1||West Springfield, MA 2|
|Westfield, MA 4||Westford, MA 2|
|Weymouth, MA 1||Whitinsville, MA 1|
|Whitman, MA 1||Williamsburg, MA 1|
|Wilmington, MA 1||Winchendon, MA 1|
|Winchester, MA 1||Woburn, MA 2|
|Worcester, MA 1||Yarmouth Port, MA 1|
|Yarmouthport, MA 1|
Total number of Massachusetts towns and cities represented by ELSM: 121
Massachusetts Asbestos Laws
Massachusetts has several laws that regulate the manufacture, use and distribution of asbestos products. Many of these laws focus on improving air quality, conducting asbestos abatement and facilitating litigation in state courts.
Asbestos Litigation in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, according to state civil procedure, state courts can consolidate certain types of asbestos cases so long as they have questions of fact or law in common. Also, upon approval from the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, a party to a case can ask for special assignment to a specific judge. For these types of consolidated cases, a representative (or "bellwether") case is often chosen to go first, with decisions for that case affecting the cases that come after it.
Most asbestos cases in Massachusetts are filed in state court, although some are eventually moved to federal court. The state has established a special court to handle the thousands of asbestos cases that have gone through the court system.
This includes asbestos-specific:
- Pretrial orders
- Electronic filing and docket system
- Special master
- Superior Court justice
In the 1980s, a report by the Federal Judicial Center noted that asbestos cases in Massachusetts state courts were more complex than product liability cases filed in federal court. At the time, the state had the highest number of asbestos filings. As of 2014, there were approximately 400 pending asbestos cases in Massachusetts courts, with more continuing to be filed.
Asbestos Safety Guidelines in Massachusetts
Like other states, Massachusetts has implemented the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) oversees these regulations, which were revised in June 2014.
These regulations cover:
- Demolitions and renovations
- Abatement procedures and inspections
- Asbestos storage, transportation and disposal
The Department of Public Health (DPH) regulates asbestos requirements for residential homes. In particular, the DPH requires that owners must keep asbestos in their homes in “good repair.” Homeowners must also follow rules and regulations created by MassDEP and the Massachusetts Division of Standards with respect to asbestos.
Asbestos worker training, certification, and licensing are provided by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, which oversees the EPA’s Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) program. This program ensures that schools inspect their buildings for asbestos-containing materials and take actions to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sue for mesothelioma in Massachusetts?
Yes, you can sue for mesothelioma in Massachusetts. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can guide you through the process and help you understand your legal options.
How do I file a mesothelioma claim in Massachusetts?
To file a mesothelioma claim in Massachusetts, you should first contact a knowledgeable asbestos lawyer. Your lawyer can guide you through the legal process from collecting evidence of exposure and diagnosis to filing a lawsuit in the right court.
What is the statute of limitations for mesothelioma claims in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations for mesothelioma claims is 3 years. This means that you have 3 years from the date of your mesothelioma diagnosis or death to file a lawsuit. It's important to act quickly and consult with a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible. Missing this deadline can result in the loss of your right to seek compensation.
Can family members of mesothelioma victims file a claim in Massachusetts?
Yes, family members of mesothelioma victims can file a claim in Massachusetts. If a loved one has died from mesothelioma, their family members can file a wrongful death claim. This allows them to seek compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of companionship, and other damages.
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