The aggressive and focused attorneys at The Throneberry Law Group are committed to fighting for the compensation that mesothelioma victims deserve. Behind our firm’s mission is our principal attorney who lost his father-in-law to mesothelioma and understands just how life-changing a diagnosis can be on a victim and his or her loved ones.
We have helped numerous people throughout the country including in Maine obtain the compensation that they deserve. Some of the victims for whom we have helped obtain compensation live in Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Biddleford, Brunswick, Lewiston, Portland, Scarborough, and South Portland.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that Maine has seen 381 residents die from mesothelioma between 1999 to 2015. Workers who are engaged in the shipbuilding, power plant, paper mills, military, and iron foundry industries are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with the condition. Many other workers, including administrative assistants and school teachers, also likely encounter asbestos in their older office and school buildings on a daily basis.Asbestos Exposure at Maine Power Plants
Before the 1980s, power plants relied on asbestos due to the substance's durable nature and ability to resist heat and fire. During this period, asbestos was used in many different types of heavy machinery including boilers, pumps, tanks, and valves. Workers in Maine have been exposed to asbestos at several pants, such as:
- Bangor Hydro-Electric
- Bath Powerhouse
- Caribou Powerhouse
- Central Maine Power Plant
- Maine Central Power & Light
- Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
Many people are aware that for years, asbestos was used as part of the shipbuilding process. As a coastal state, Maine exposed countless shipyard workers to the danger of asbestos. Many pieces of equipment found at shipyards still contain asbestos today, including gaskets and boilers. Some of the shipyards in Maine where individuals are known to have been exposed to asbestos include Bath Iron Works, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and the South Dry Dock and Repair Company.The Risk of Asbestos Exposure at Maine Metalworks and Steel Mills
Steel mills involve workers facing heat and flames on a daily basis. For this reason, steel mills once used asbestos, which is heat-resistant, in a variety of ways. One of the steel mills in Maine where asbestos exposure is known to have occurred is the Bath Iron Works.Maine Chemical Plants and Asbestos Exposure
Chemical plants are another type of industry that depended on the heat and fire resistant nature of asbestos for many years. Some of the chemical plants in Maine where workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos are Union Chemicals Company and American Cyanamid.Paper Mills
While paper mills in Maine produce and ship paper to locations all across the country, some of these mills also use drying machines and turbines that contain asbestos. Some of the paper mills in Maine where workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos include Callais Paper, Frazier Paper Company, International Paper Mill, Jay Paper Mill, Oxford Paper Company, Rumford Paper Mill, and Scott Paper.Exposure to Asbestos by Maine Residents
Many Maine residents encounter asbestos at home or on the job on a daily basis. There are 22 areas in Maine with naturally occurring asbestos, which are primarily located in Franklin and Somerset counties. There are also many buildings remaining where asbestos was used in a variety of construction materials including insulation and floor tiles. Some of the locations in Maine where individuals have been exposed to asbestos include:
- Fairview Hospital
- Holden Hospital
- Setin and Thayer Hospital
- St. Mary’s Hospital
- Van Buren Hospital
Asbestos is not dangerous unless it is moved. When asbestos is disturbed, its fibers come loose and there is a risk that they can end up lodged in the abdomen, chest, or lungs of people nearby. In many cases, workers are not even aware that they have been exposed to asbestos until years or decades later when a deadly mesothelioma diagnosis is made.Our Compassionate Attorneys Will Travel to You
If you or a loved one in Maine has received a mesothelioma diagnosis, you likely have a number of concerns. One of these concerns should not be about how you will be able to travel to see an attorney. Our legal counsel will come to you. You also should not have to worry about how you will pay an attorney up front. We do not ask attorney’s fees unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. Contact our law office today by calling us at (888) 506-1131. You can also schedule a consultation online.