Hawaii Mesothelioma Attorneys and Asbestos Cancer Resources (HI)
Hawaii (HI) Asbestos Information:
Although geologically active, Hawaii differs from the continental U.S. in that its terrain was not formed from folding action resulting from the collision of tectonic plates, but from the building action of volcanoes.
As a result, Hawaii is unique in that it is one of the few places in the world that has no naturally-occurring asbestos deposits.
Hawaii does, however, have two military bases and two major oil refineries.
It should be noted that environmental concerns such as those related to asbestos are of particular issue in Hawaii, a state that is known for its preservation of its natural resources. Hoping to use this fact to improve the legal situation for mesothelioma victims, Hawaii mesothelioma law firms tried for several years to get the state to ban the use of asbestos, claiming that Hawaii was a natural sanctuary for a multitude of wildlife species and that asbestos in the air around the shipyards would contribute to ecological disruption. These Hawaii mesothelioma lawyers were, however, unable to offer sufficient evidence to convince lawmakers to enact the ban.
Another asbestos-related issue in Hawaii was the 2005 finding that a local school had asbestos, forcing the school to be shut down for five days for inspection and clean-up. Although it will take years to know if mesothelioma will result from the exposure, one teacher has promised to keep the names of the students exposed to asbestos on file. Locations other than schools in which people may be at risk from exposure to asbestos include the numerous military bases located in Hawaii. In 2000, for example, 600 soldiers had to be evacuated from Schofield Barracks due to asbestos exposure.
Those interested in filing a Hawaii mesothelioma lawsuit or hiring a Hawaii mesothelioma lawyer should know that the statute of limitations for personal injury law in Hawaii is two years with a discovery rule that states that this amount of time begins when the problem (in this case the mesothelioma) either was discovered or should have been discovered. Furthermore, if a personal injury lawsuit is begun by a mesothelioma victim but the victim dies before the case is concluded, a family member will be appointed as the special administrator and the case will continue, although the ultimate amount of settlement may be different. Wrongful death cases fall under the same statute of limitations and follow the same discovery rule with the time period beginning at date of death.
There is no specific statute about asbestos in Hawaii; howeverthe state’s laws are generally considered to be quite favorable to asbestos victims. It should be noted that twelve major companies in Hawaii have filed for bankruptcy and so may not pay out on mesothelioma claims. In Hawaiian mesothelioma lawsuits against those companies that have not filed for bankruptcy, most often are settled without having to go to trial.