The Government Accountability Office reported that the maintenance workers who worked underneath the buildings along Capitol Hill have been exposed to asbestos for years at a time. The workers were exposed primarily through the service lines, and HVAC found underground the buildings. In addition to the asbestos exposure to the city workers, those working in shipyards in the area were also at risk for asbestos exposure.
Workers in the Washington Navy Yard are also at risk for developing mesothelioma due to the asbestos exposure. The building found on the premises was converted to an office building back in the 1960s, and due to its construction date, it more than likely contains asbestos. Due to the amount of flammable equipment and parts found on site, the Washington Navy Yard heavily used asbestos to provide fireproofing.
Ironically, some of the asbestos exposure was due to the workers wearing nonflammable gear meant to protect them from the fire and heat. When these items of clothing are torn, asbestos fibers are disturbed and released into the air. When inhaled, the asbestos fibers attach themselves to the lining of the lungs (pleura) and begin to either scar the tissues or develop into mesothelioma (cancer of the lung lining).
If you or a loved one suffer from an asbestos illness, there is a good chance that you qualify for compensation. Get in touch with our experienced Washington D.C. mesothelioma attorneys today for a no-obligation, timely legal consultation.
Deaths Caused by Asbestos in Washington D.C.
For every million, approximately 11 people die of an asbestos-related disease. This statistic ranks Washington, D.C. 30th in the United States in overall asbestos deaths. Due to the Capitol’s extensive history with the Navy shipyard and the work done just beneath the cement surfaces of Capitol Hill, many have been exposed to asbestos and have developed asbestosis (scarring of lung tissues), or mesothelioma.
Legal Resources for Washington, D.C.
As a result of asbestos exposure, people have sued employers and/or manufacturers. In Norfolk & Western Railway Co. v. Freeman Ayers, et al. , the plaintiffs claimed emotional distress based on their fear of developing asbestos-related diseases since they were exposed to the fibers at some point.
Another asbestos case tried in the Capitol that was asbestos-related was Ortiz v. Fibreboard Corp. Where the plaintiffs were exposed to products that contained these fibers that were manufactured by the company. The Court ruled that the suit violated the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and sought the fairness settlement.
As with most other states, Washington, D.C. has a statute of limitations for personal injury claims to be filed within three years. However, due to the latency period associated with mesothelioma, the Capitol’s discovery rule may apply. This means you are allotted a certain amount of time to file your claim AFTER your initial diagnosis.
Due to the time sensitivity of your potential claim, it is encouraged that you contact our dedicated Washington D.C. mesothelioma attorneys now and let us help you determine if your case can be filed.