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Virginia Mesothelioma FAQ

Many thousands of people in the U.S. have died from mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Despite regulations against asbestos use, the number of mesothelioma deaths annually remains substantial, as reported by the CDC. People in Virginia need to know about asbestos exposure and the risk of mesothelioma. We provide answers to some frequently asked questions below.

What Types of Materials May Contain Asbestos?

Until the mid-1970s, most insulation materials and many other construction materials contained asbestos. Common sources of exposure include:

  • Vehicle brakes and clutches
  • Roof, floor, and ceiling tiles
  • Boiler insulation
  • Transite siding
  • Pipe insulation
  • Fireproofing spray insulation
  • Insulating joint compounds, plaster and cements (products that came in powder form and created dust until completely mixed with water)
  • Gunite and fire brick used for internal insulation in boilers, furnaces, etc.

What Workplaces in Virginia May Be Locations for Asbestos Exposure?

Many people in Virginia have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Exposure has occurred in shipyards, power plants, oil refineries, automotive plants, and through other industrial employers. Shipbuilding is the largest industry in Virginia. Thousands of shipyard employees, independent contractors, and military personnel have been exposed to asbestos in shipyards. Virginia workplace locations where asbestos exposure may have occurred include:

  • Newport News Shipyard
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Dominion Power Plant
  • Virginia Electric and Power Company
  • Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
  • ABEX plant, Winchester
  • Ford, Volvo, General Motors, and Firestone manufacturing plants

What Trades Have a High Risk of Exposure to Asbestos?

With the presence of numerous industrial employers statewide, Virginia workers in many different trades have suffered harmful asbestos exposure, including:

  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Insulators
  • Pipefitters
  • Machinists
  • Chemical operators
  • Boilermakers
  • Powerhouse workers
  • Engineers

Should I Seek Compensation for Asbestos Exposure?

Compensation in a mesothelioma case can be significant. Recoverable damages may be enough to provide for the victim’s surviving family members for many years to come. Companies that manufactured products containing asbestos knew of the dangers but failed to warn others until the 1970s. Many companies are now willing to negotiate settlements that provide financial security and peace of mind for survivors of mesothelioma victims.

What Determines the Value of Your Claim?

The potential value of a claim for mesothelioma will depend on the particular circumstances of your case. Factors that can affect your settlement or award may include:

  • Severity of your injuries
  • Medical evidence that confirms your diagnosis
  • Your actual and potential losses
  • Strength of identification of the products you were exposed to
  • Companies that made the products that caused your toxic exposure
  • Financial resources (including insurance coverage) of responsible parties

What Are the Advantages of Pursuing a Claim Now Rather than Later?

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, your case may settle faster and for more money if you file a claim now rather than later. Cases involving a plaintiff who is alive are given a higher priority. There are time limits imposed by law on how long you must file a claim after diagnosis. In addition, if you have mesothelioma, you are likely the best person to establish the facts of your case.

Why Choose Levy Konigsberg for a Mesothelioma Claim?

If you are pursuing a mesothelioma case, you need attorneys with experience in asbestos litigation and a history of success for their clients. At Levy Konigsberg, we have been advocating for the rights of individuals and families for nearly 40 years. Our firm has been nationally recognized for winning some of the toughest, most high-profile cases. We have taken on powerful entities, scoring victories for our clients and for public health.

Call us at (800) 315-3806 to schedule a consultation with a Virginia mesothelioma lawyer.


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