Manville, New Jersey, is a city of 10,344, and many of its residents have been employed in heavy industry and manufacturing around the state that involves asbestos. If you lived and worked in this town or others around it in New Jersey for years, there is a possibility you were exposed to asbestos.
Long-term exposure to asbestos can lead to devastating health problems, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. One study from the American Journal of Public Health found that as many as 485,000 people may have been exposed to asbestos in New Jersey workplaces since the 1940s.
Some of the companies near Manville that are known to have exposed workers to asbestos are: (asbestos.com)
- Johns Manville Products Corporation
- National Gypsum Company
- New York Shipbuilding Corporation
- Exxon Corporation
- Zonolite Company
- Rutgers University
- DuPont Chemical
If you or a loved one were employed at one of these or other companies in New Jersey, and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, you may be eligible for mesothelioma compensation.
High-Industries for Asbestos Exposure in Manville and New Jersey
According to the CDC, 1,739 New Jersey residents passed away from mesothelioma from 1999 through 2015. The state has an annual asbestos cancer death rate of 12 people per million, which is well above the national average. There also are 38 asbestos mines and natural deposits in the state, making it more likely that New Jersey residents will be exposed to the carcinogen. (CDC.gov).
The economy in Manville and across New Jersey has been heavily reliant on the chemical industry for decades. Major companies such as DuPont Chemical have had large factories and laboratories in the state since the 1940s.
Asbestos has a strong resistance to most chemical reactions, as well as excellent electrical and heat resistance, so it was used for years in the production of many chemicals. Two of the most dangerous types of asbestos – amosite and crocidolite – were used often in the chemical industry because they were resistant to corrosive substances.
In addition to DuPont, other large chemical companies that exposed workers to deadly asbestos were Toms River Chemical Corporation, Tennaco Chemical Company, and the Mutual Chemical Company of America in New Jersey. (mesothelioma.com)
Major plastic brands, including Bakelite and Boontonware have been made in towns near Manville since the 1930s. That was the time when plastics became used more often in many consumer products. Asbestos was frequently used in many early plastics to add durability and offer heat resistance. But these practices also exposed many workers to asbestos.
Some of the major plastic manufacturers in and around Manville include Celanese Plastics, Union Plastics, Wheaton Plastics Company, and C.M. Plastics Moulding Company.
One of the reasons that asbestos came to be used so often in shipbuilding was when a cruise ship fire happened off the coast of New Jersey in the 1930s. Since that time, shipyards all over America and in New Jersey used asbestos to build ocean-going vessels. Some of the shipbuilders in the state include New York Shipbuilding and Todd Shipyard.
Manville and towns around it are home to many oil refineries, which were frequent users of asbestos because of the danger of fires with handling petroleum. Some of the companies with serious asbestos exposure problems in the state include Halliburton, Hess Oil and Chemical, Mobil, Chevron, and Texaco.
New Jersey has many power stations and power plants around the state. These facilities used large amounts of asbestos to control heat and fire. Power plants that are known to have exposed workers to asbestos are New Jersey Power and Light Company, Jersey Central Power and Light Company, and Powerhouse Essex Station.
Manville and New Jersey Asbestos Lawsuits
Former workers at New Jersey-based Johns Manville, National Gypsum, and other large asbestos companies were often exposed to asbestos. That is why many mesothelioma lawsuits have been filed by former New Jersey workers.
For example, a judge in New Brunswick awarded $90 million to 11 families from Manville in July 2014. Several workers who developed asbestos lung cancer never worked at a John Manville plant but had family members who did. It is likely there were several lawsuits for secondary asbestos exposure among these families.
The financial awards ranged from $4 million to $15 million. The families involved in the mesothelioma lawsuit settlement in Manville received funds from Anova Holding AG and Becon AG, two companies in Switzerland that provided asbestos to Johns Manville between 1950 and 1980.
Further, in 1982, Johns Manville and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company paid $15 million to 680 former workers of the Raybestos-Manhattan Company, based in Passaic. Most of the workers had asbestosis, which is another disease caused only by asbestos exposure.
Manville and New Jersey Asbestos Attorney Information
If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Manville or elsewhere in New Jersey, you may be entitled to mesothelioma compensation. Contact one of the attorneys below:
Lynch Law Firm
440 Route 17 North
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604
If you were exposed to asbestos at work or home in New Jersey, the Lynch Law Firm has experienced personal injury attorneys who can help you receive the compensation and justice that you deserve, including funds for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Cohn, Placitella, and Roth
127 Maple Avenue
Red Bank, New Jersey, 07701
The lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth have demonstrated outstanding work over the years in obtaining compensation for New Jersey asbestos cancer victims. They have obtained hundreds of millions in mesothelioma compensation for their clients and they are ready to help you.
Blume, Forte, Fried, Zerres & Molinari
One Main Street
Chatham, New Jersey, 07928
The asbestos industry in New Jersey continued to use, mine, and process asbestos even though they were aware of the dangers it posed to workers. If you or a loved one is suffering from an asbestos-related disease in New Jersey, these skilled product liability attorneys can help you get the mesothelioma compensation you deserve.
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