New Mexico has many deposits of naturally occurring asbestos. There are also oil refineries and two major power plants. Although New Mexico lacks the numerous industries that typically use asbestos, mesothelioma and other asbestos-induced illnesses still are present and remain an issue.
Our dedicated and leading New Mexico mesothelioma attorneys have helped numerous clients win the compensation they’re entitled to. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, we invite you to contact us today for a free, confidential case consultation.
Jobs with Asbestos Exposure in New Mexico
Power plants and oil refineries in New Mexico, particularly the Four Corners Power Plant and the San Juan Powerhouse, are believed to have asbestos. According to a Puerto Rico study conducted on power plant workers in general, approximately 3 percent of those workers die from mesothelioma while over 10 percent showed abnormal chest x-ray images.
New Mexico’s power and electricity provider, the Public Service Company of New Mexico, was named as a defendant in over 15 lawsuits just in 2003 and was previously sued for secondhand asbestos exposure cases that involved family members of workers who also developed some type of asbestos-induced diseases.
The state of New Mexico alone has over five natural asbestos depositories. Two of these locations are in the southwest corner of the state, one located even further in the south, another just half an hour or less from Las Cruces, and the last located about 25 miles outside the city of Ruidoso. Though some of these deposits are out in sparsely populated regions, the risk remains for those who do live there and particularly for those who live there and travel into the cities, possibly carrying the asbestos fibers with them on their clothing.
Because asbestos fibers are resistant to heat and fire, it is often used to insulate pipes in oil refineries and power plants. Thousands of workers in the state of New Mexico have been and still may be at risk for asbestos exposure every day they are at work. Asbestos exposure occurs when the fibers are disturbed, then released into the air and inhaled by workers. The fibers that are inhaled travel through the respiratory system and eventually attach to the lungs’ linings. These fibers can sit dormant for decades before any symptoms are revealed.
Legal Resources for New Mexico
New Mexico statute allows you three 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.