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South Carolina Mesothelioma Lawyers

South Carolina’s shipbuilding and railroad industries used asbestos extensively for decades. Anyone exposed to asbestos could develop the deadly cancer mesothelioma decades later. Thankfully, South Carolina mesothelioma lawyers who work for top law firms can help victims access justice and compensation through legal action.

Our South Carolina mesothelioma attorneys have helped victims near you

Represented victims in:

  • Charleston
  • Columbia
  • Greenville
  • Hilton Head Island
  • Spartanburg

Recent Settlements:

  • $1.32 million – Insulator
  • $1.8 million – Truck Driver
  • $2.1 million – Carpenter
  • $3.2 million – Army Veteran
  • $2.35 million – Navy Veteran

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Working With Mesothelioma Lawyers in South Carolina

People in South Carolina with asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma or lung cancer may be able to get compensation from the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products. These manufacturers knew asbestos could kill people but hid the facts to keep profits high.

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From 2001-2010, approximately 1,375 South Carolina residents died from mesothelioma.

Victims can get justice and compensation by working with mesothelioma lawyers in South Carolina. These lawyers can file lawsuits against the companies that made asbestos-based products.

South Carolina Mesothelioma Lawsuits

A mesothelioma lawsuit will allow victims to receive compensation for lost wages, medical treatment, and pain and suffering.

Mesothelioma lawsuits typically award victims with $1 Million to $2.4 Million.

South Carolina mesothelioma attorneys will file lawsuits on a victim’s behalf. Victims pay nothing to file a lawsuit and lawyers do most of the legal work after it is filed.

Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts in South Carolina

Multimillion-dollar mesothelioma settlements and verdicts have been reached against negligent companies in South Carolina and across the nation.

A mesothelioma settlement allows victims to access compensation without taking the case to court. A mesothelioma verdict is handed down by a jury after hearing the facts of the case.

A jury recently reached a $14 Million asbestos verdict in South Carolina. The jury found that the Texas-based Celanese Corporation caused the death of a former repair worker since he was exposed to lethal amounts of asbestos on the job.

Learn more about verdicts and settlements by contacting a South Carolina mesothelioma lawyer today.

Statute of Limitations in South Carolina

The statute of limitations is a complex law that prevents victims from filing lawsuits after a set period of time. Statutes of limitations vary by state and several other factors — and they can be very hard to understand.

If the statute of limitations passes, victims can never file a mesothelioma personal injury lawsuit.

Contacting an experienced mesothelioma lawyer in South Carolina soon after diagnosis or the death of a loved one will help ensure that a lawsuit is filed within the statute of limitations.

South Carolina Asbestos Trust Funds and Statutes of Limitations

If a mesothelioma lawsuit is not filed within the statute of limitations, victims may still be able to access compensation through asbestos trust funds.

Bankrupt manufacturers of asbestos-based products were forced to establish these trusts if they wanted to stay in business, but avoid constant lawsuits. Bankrupt companies cannot be sued.

Asbestos trust funds have their own deadlines for filing claims and do not follow normal statutes of limitations.

Did You Know?

Asbestos trust funds contain over $30 Billion today.

See if you can file an asbestos trust fund claim or a lawsuit by working with a South Carolina mesothelioma lawyer.

Asbestos Sites in South Carolina

Several jobs and worksites in South Carolina put workers at a high risk of asbestos exposure.

For example, railroads in South Carolina continued to use asbestos products years after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) limited asbestos use in construction materials.

Construction workers also ran a high risk of asbestos exposure since asbestos products were used to make many structures built before the 1980s.

Other high-risk occupations included:

  • Carpentry
  • Navy shipyard work
  • Power plant work
  • Vehicle manufacturing and repair

Top South Carolina mesothelioma attorneys work at law firms that manage databases of asbestos sites in the state and across the country.

Examples of asbestos sites in South Carolina include:

  • 3M Plant, Charleston
  • Clemson University, Clemson
  • Sunoco Oil Refinery, Hartsville
  • Inman First Baptist Church, Inman
  • U.S. Post Office Columbia, Columbia
  • West Virginia Paper Mill, Charleston
  • 12 EM Barracks Complex, Fort Jackson
  • Seaboard Airlines, Charleston Heights
  • Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • Allied Chemical Corporation, Columbia
  • Charleston Memorial Hospital, Charleston
  • Fort Jackson, U.S. Army Hospital, Columbia
  • Union Carbide Manufacturing Plant, Florence

Reach out to a South Carolina mesothelioma lawyer if you were exposed to asbestos at a job site and got sick. You may be entitled to financial benefits to pay for medical expenses.

Asbestos Rules and Regulations in South Carolina

The state and federal governments regulate asbestos use in South Carolina. The state follows the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for asbestos.

However, South Carolina standards for demolition and removal of asbestos materials are stricter than federal standards.

State regulatory agencies include:

  • Bureau of Air Quality
  • Office of Environmental Quality Control
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
  • South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
  • South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration (SCOSHA)

South Carolina has adopted the federal limits for asbestos exposure in general industries (such as those that manufacture asbestos-based products).

It also enforces workplace safety and health requirements for asbestos abatement (which removes or contains asbestos).

In addition, federal OSHA asbestos exposure standards apply to workplaces in the state.

A South Carolina mesothelioma lawyer can see if these federal and state laws will impact your case.

South Carolina VA Information for Mesothelioma Victims

South Carolina veterans may also develop mesothelioma since every branch of the military relied on asbestos until the early 1980s.

Asbestos was commonly used in military:

  • Airplanes
  • Bases
  • Ships
  • Vehicles

33% of mesothelioma victims are veterans. Thankfully, veterans with mesothelioma can access benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Common VA benefits include:

  • Burial benefits
  • Disability compensation
  • Pension plans
  • Survivor benefits

The VA also works with two of the nation’s best mesothelioma doctors to treat veterans.

These mesothelioma doctors include: 

The Mesothelioma Justice Network has no affiliation with and is not endorsed or sponsored by Dr. Robert B. Cameron. The contact information above is listed for informational purposes only. You have the right to contact Dr. Cameron directly. Visit the UCLA Health website to learn more about Dr. Robert Cameron.

The following offices and facilities are here to help South Carolina veterans with mesothelioma. Contact these offices by visiting va.gov.

Veterans Benefits Administration

  • Columbia Regional Office, Columbia
  • Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort
  • Charleston Air Force Base, Charleston
  • Fort Jackson, Fort Jackson
  • Navy Weapons Station, Goose Creek
  • Parris Island, Parris Island
  • Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter

VA Medical Centers

  • Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston

Community-Based Outpatient Clinics

  • Baton Rouge Outpatient Clinic (North Clinic, South Clinic)
  • Aiken Community Based Outpatient Clinic
  • Anderson County Clinic
  • Beaufort Clinic
  • Florence CBOC
  • Goose Creek CBOC
  • Greenville Clinic
  • Myrtle Beach CBOC
  • Myrtle Beach VA Clinic
  • Orangeburg County Clinic
  • Rock Hill Clinic
  • Spartanburg CBOC
  • Sumter County Clinic

Veterans Centers

  • Columbia Veterans Center
  • Greenville Veterans Center
  • Myrtle Beach Veterans Center
  • North Charleston Veterans Center

Veterans can contact these centers by going to the official VA website (va.gov).

Veterans should work with a South Carolina mesothelioma lawyer to get started on a VA benefits claim.

A South Carolina mesothelioma attorney can gather the evidence veterans need to file a claim (such as how military asbestos exposure occurred). A local Veterans Service Officer (VSO) area can then help veterans file for VA benefits.

AML and VFW Service Officers in South Carolina

VSOs may work through organizations such as the American Legion (AML) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

VSOs are accredited by the VA and other organizations to help veterans and their families access military benefits.

VSOs can be found in hundreds of service offices across South Carolina, with many located in the state’s largest cities.

Offices serving some of the state’s largest cities include:

  • Columbia
    • American Legion
    • American Ex-Prisoners of War
  • Charleston
    • National Association of County Veterans Service
    • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US
  • North Charleston
    • American Legion
    • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US
  • Rock Hill
    • American Legion
    • National Association of County Veterans Service
  • Greenville
    • American Ex-Prisoners of War
    • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US
  • Summerville
    • American Legion
    • Disabled American Veterans
  • Sumter
    • American Legion
    • American Ex-Prisoners of War
  • Goose Creek
    • American Legion
    • National Association of County Veterans Service
  • Hilton Head Island/Beaufort
    • American Legion
  • Florence
    • American Legion

There are many other offices not listed here. Veterans can speak to a mesothelioma lawyer to learn what compensation options are available to them.

Connect With a Mesothelioma Lawyer in South Carolina

South Carolina mesothelioma lawyers can file a lawsuit and help you get compensation if you have mesothelioma.

South Carolina mesothelioma lawyers can:

  • Establish when and how you may have been exposed to asbestos
  • File a lawsuit within South Carolina’s statute of limitations
  • Find state and local agencies that offer additional assistance

Get a free case review to see all the ways a South Carolina mesothelioma lawyer can help you.

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Mesothelioma Support Team
Stephanie KiddWritten by:

Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie Kidd grew up in a family of civil servants, blue-collar workers, and medical caregivers. Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude from Stetson University, she began her career specializing in worker safety regulations and communications. Now, a proud member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and Editor-in-Chief of the Mesothelioma Justice Network, Stephanie serves as a voice for mesothelioma victims and their families.

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