New Jersey is monumental in asbestos lawsuit history because of the significance of its cases on others who suffered from mesothelioma. New Jersey has several deposits where naturally occurring asbestos can be found, in addition to a significant presence of asbestos-using industries.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to asbestos exposure, we encourage you to contact our leading New Jersey mesothelioma lawyers today. We’ll be happy to assist, and we offer a timely, no-obligation case consultation.
Jobs with Asbestos Exposure in New Jersey
The New Jersey workforce faces asbestos exposure in industries such as shipyards, power plants, and oil refineries. Thousands of workers in these industries across the Garden State were at risk for asbestos exposure every time they went to work. More than likely, the workers were not aware they were working around asbestos and weren’t given proper safety gear.
The oil industry has a small presence in New Jersey. Oil refineries use asbestos-containing products for the same reasons power plants do—to provide insulation from heat and fire. Other parts, such as gaskets and pipes were commonly found on site at an oil refinery.
The insulation used in most power plants is made of asbestos. This is because asbestos was heat and fire resistant, perfect for providing plant workers with the protection needed when working around the heated, electricity-filled pipes that ran throughout the plant. Thousands of plant workers were at risk for asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure occurs when fibers are disturbed and released into the air.
Shipyards often used asbestos extensively when constructing ships. Serving as an insulator to pipes throughout the vessel, asbestos was found in ill-ventilated areas on the ship, making it even more likely that those working in close to proximity to those pipes were at risk for exposure.
Where You May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos in New Jersey
- Oyster Creek Generating Station
- Salem Nuclear Generating Station
- Hope Creek Station
- New York Shipbuilding Corp.
- Naval Weapons Station
Asbestos-Related Deaths in New Jersey
Over a 20-year span starting from the 1980s, nearly 2,900 deaths were resulting from asbestos exposure in New Jersey. The high mesothelioma mortality rate may be attributed to the fact that many power plants, shipyards and oil refineries are located in the state of New Jersey. As a part of the tri-state area, New Jersey shares a high asbestos mortality rate with that of New York.
Legal Resources for New Jersey
New Jersey statute allows you two years to file a personal injury claim based upon proof of negligence on behalf of the asbestos manufacturers and/or your employers. Due to mesothelioma’s latency period from the time of exposure to the time you are diagnosed, this particular statute may not apply.