New Hampshire Mesothelioma Attorneys and Asbestos Cancer Resources (NH)
New Hampshire (NH) Asbestos Information:
Unlike the other New England states, New Hampshire has no naturally-occurring asbestos. However, there are many jobsites and other locations where workers were exposed to different kinds of asbestos in a wide variety of industries and institutions, leading to diseases such as asbestosis or mesothelioma. There are well over fifty different locations in which asbestos was used, and these sites include paper and pulp mills, power plants, oil refineries, chemical companies, a number of military (Air Force and Navy) bases, and other manufacturing industries.
Surprisingly, this list also mentions several educational institutions, a prominent maker of inexpensive sunglasses and two banks. The presence of asbestos in locations such as these can be explained by the common use of building products prior to 1980 in which asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used heavily.
Henry Johns’ Great Invention
Henry Johns was still a young man just prior to the U.S. Civil War when he began experimenting with the use of asbestos in the manufacture of products such as fireproof shingles and wallboard.
Forty years later, asbestos products had made Johns a wealthy man – but all his wealth could not save him from the product from which his fortune came. Johns died of asbestosis in 1898, aged 60.
It was about this time that medical researchers were beginning to make the connection between asbestos and respiratory disease. By then, however, asbestos building materials were being installed in almost every new building in the East. Eventually, this came to include a new type of insulation called Zonolite®, made from an asbestos-contaminated material called vermiculite, and heat-resistant pipe insulation that could be sprayed onto the surface where it would harden, as well as floor and ceiling tiles. Asbestos was the miracle mineral that made buildings safe and fireproof.
The problem is that as these materials age and deteriorate, they start to become “friable” – a crumbling stage in which such materials begin to release asbestos fibers into the air, where they are inhaled.
This is what has happened in many of New Hampshire’s schools and other public buildings.
Shipyard and power plant workers are among those industrial employees who are most likely to be affected by asbestos exposure.
Those interested in filing New Hampshire mesothelioma lawsuits or hiring a New Hampshire mesothelioma lawyer should know that the statute of limitations for personal injury law in New Hampshire is three 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. Wrongful death cases fall under the same statute of limitations and discovery rule. There is no specific statute about asbestos in New Hampshire.