Virginia Mesothelioma Attorneys and Asbestos Cancer Resources (VA)
Virginia (VA) Asbestos Information:
When one looks at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Asbestos Map of the United States – which shows all naturally-occurring asbestos deposits in the country as well as areas in which it has been prospected and mined – one is struck by the pattern of such deposits that follows Appalachian Mountains from northeastern Alabama all the way up through Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia, into the mid-Atlantic States and stretching up into Vermont and Quebec.
These asbestos deposits were formed by the same geologic processes that raised the Appalachian Mountains back before the time of the dinosaurs. As a result, Virginia has an abundance of asbestos deposits scattered along the Blue Ridge. A large cluster of these are located in a highly populated area just west of Washington D.C. along the Maryland state line. Two old asbestos sites, one of which is a “past producer,” are located on the north and south edges of the metropolitan Richmond area; the remainder is found along the east slope of the Appalachians to the southwest.
Virginia’s Asbestos Victims
Asbestos is also known for being highly resistant to electricity. Virginia has numerous power generation facilities where asbestos exposure has been a problem, although this specific danger is certainly not confined to those in Virginia. A 2003 Puerto Rican study showed that 13% of x-rays taken of power plant workers displayed abnormalities associated with asbestos illness.
Asbestos was also used frequently in the machinery itself, such as turbines and generators. This kind of insulation was prone to becoming friable as it aged, as the movement of the machinery caused the loose fibers to be injected into the air. According to Center for Health Statistics data, power plant workers are among those industrial employees most likely to suffer from a form of asbestos cancer.
Those interested in filing a mesothelioma lawsuit in Virginia should know that the statute of limitations for personal injury law in Virginia 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. Wrongful death cases are limited to a two-year statute of limitations with the same discovery rule. However, lawsuits for personal injuries or wrongful death arising from real estate improvements are subject to a five-year statute of limitations. There is no special statute for asbestos cases in Virginia.