The mesothelioma attorneys at the Simmons Law Firm represent victims of mesothelioma cancer throughout the United States including the state of Massachusetts. We have represented thousands of families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancer and have seen the suffering it causes firsthand. The Simmons Law Firm is dedicated to giving our clients the respect and attention they deserve, no matter where they live.
If you or someone you love has mesothelioma, we will come to you. Over the past decade, our asbestos attorneys have represented many clients throughout Massachusetts, including families from the following locations:
As a nationwide firm, our asbestos attorneys have the resources and experience necessary to represent individuals and families against large companies in this complex area of litigation. Our firm has recovered over $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for thousands of families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases. Our asbestos lawyers have recovered $60 million on behalf of mesothelioma and asbestos disease victims located in the state of Massachusetts alone.*
* Please note that recovery results vary per client. The recovery amounts in each case reflect the specific facts of that case. Further, recovery amounts in past cases are not a guarantee of future results
You should know that Massachusetts has a unique set of laws that could impact your ability to file a claim. For example, Massachusetts has statute of limitation laws that restrict the time frame in which mesothelioma victims and family members can file a lawsuit. Rest assured our mesothelioma lawyers are prepared to help you understand the process for filing an asbestos lawsuit and guide you through the legal system. If you’d like to talk to a Massachusetts mesothelioma lawyer about a potential case, contact one of the nationwide asbestos attorneys at the Simmons Law Firm today.
If you have mesothelioma or lung cancer due to asbestos exposure, please contact our mesothelioma lawyers for a free case evaluation.
An Introduction to Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Asbestos is a deadly mineral that has been used in thousands of products. When microscopic asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can cause a number of diseases, including mesothelioma and lung cancer. Of the diseases caused by asbestos, mesothelioma is the most aggressive, attacking the internal lining of the lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma typically does not develop until decades after the asbestos exposure occurred.
A number of work sites throughout Massachusetts are linked to asbestos exposure including:
U.S. Naval Shipyard
Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
Gillette Safety Razor Plant
Boston Naval Shipyard fka Boston Navy Yard fka Charlestown Navy Yard
Algonquin Gas Company Generating Plant
A.C. Lawrence Factory
General Dynamics Shipyard
Proctor & Gamble Plant
Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
Many buildings and homes throughout Massachusetts carry a high risk of asbestos exposure, because they were constructed and modified long before builders started worrying about asbestos exposure. The state’s larger population areas are centered on cities that are among the oldest in the country. These cities are filled homes, schools, government buildings, factories and businesses that are well over a hundred years old. Many of these buildings feature asbestos insulation throughout that poses a significant risk to their inhabitants.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an asbestos-related disease, please contact us today for a free legal consultation.
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- Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
The majority of individuals who have been exposed to asbestos encounter the so-called “magic mineral” in their line of work, often due to inadequate safety precautions. Others are exposed to asbestos indirectly when they come in contact with the clothing of a family member involved in a high-risk asbestos occupation.
Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products including cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation. When microscopic asbestos dust particles becomes airborne, they can be inhaled or swallowed and can cause serious health issues.
Common work environments where a mesothelioma or cancer patient may have encountered asbestos include shipyards, oil refineries, sheet metal plants, automotive plants, construction sites, and many more. Here is a complete list of occupations that have been linked to asbestos exposure.
Giving Back to Mesothelioma Patients & Families
In 2010, the Simmons Law Firm established the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting research and advancing awareness about this rare cancer. The Foundation partners with established experts and thought-leaders in the mesothelioma research field. Learn more about the Foundation’s current mesothelioma research partners.
As a long-time supporter of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, the Simmons Law Firm has an extensive history of supporting the fight against mesothelioma and cancer. The firm has also pledged over $10 million to establish the Simmons Cancer Institute at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The institute provides extraordinary new resources to enhance treatments and implement the continuing search for a permanent cure. It is the largest single gift in the history of SIU and establishes the university as home to one of the leading cancer facilities in the United States.
Asbestos Exposure in Massachusetts Today
Asbestos has not yet been banned in the United States. Its use is regulated, but it is still used in products today. Asbestos has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a human carcinogen. This assessment is supported by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), both of which believe that the future use of asbestos should be banned.
The following shows the higher-risk occupations for malignant mesothelioma along with their corresponding Massachusetts employment numbers.
- Plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters – 11,590 employed in Massachusetts in 2006
- Mechanical engineers – 6,840 employed in Massachusetts in 2006
- Electricians – 14,420 employed in Massachusetts in 2006
- Teachers, elementary school – 33,910 employed in Massachusetts in 2006
Massachusetts has struggled with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases for a number of years. Consider the following:
- The Environmental Working Group reported that there were 613 to 973 mesothelioma cases in Massachusetts from 1979 to 2001.2
- CDC statistics show Massachusetts’s age-adjusted death rate for malignant mesothelioma to be 14.8 deaths per million per year.3
- The National Cancer Institute and CDC’s state cancer profiles show Massachusetts’s 2006 annual incidence rate for lung and bronchus cancers was 64.5 deaths per 100,000.4
For more information about asbestos in Massachusetts and throughout the U.S., visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
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