New Jersey’s industrial workplaces have triggered thousands of cases of asbestos exposure and resulting illnesses and deaths. Asbestos is used much less often in the state now, but it is still present and a threat. An experienced New Jersey mesothelioma lawyer can help asbestos victims and their families get the compensation to which they’re entitled.
If you or a loved have mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be eligible for a large amount of compensation. Fill out our form to get a free Financial Compensation Packet. You’ll learn about the top mesothelioma lawyers in New Jersey, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more.
We are pleased to offer assistance to asbestos victims and their families in all areas of New Jersey, including:
Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Edison, Woodbridge, Lakewood, Toms River, Hamilton Township, Clifton, Trenton, Camden, Brick, Cherry Hill, Passaic, Union City, Old Bridge, Middletown, Franklin Township, Bayonne, East Orange, Gloucester, North Bergen, Vineland, Piscataway, Union Township, New Brunswick, Jackson, Wayne, Irvington, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Hoboken, West New York, Perth, Amboy, Howell, Plainfield, Washington Township, East Brunswick, Bloomfield, West Orange, Evesham, Bridgewater, Sayreville, South Brunswick, Hackensack, Egg Harbor, Manchester, Mount Laurel, North Brunswick, Kearny, Berkeley, Linden, Monroe Township, Marlboro, Teaneck, Manalapan, Atlantic City, Winslow, Hillsborough, Montclair, Galloway, Monroe Township, Ewing, Belleville, Freehold Township, Fort Lee, Pennsauken, Lawrence Township, Fair Lawn, Willingboro, Garfield, Westfield, Deptford, Long Branch, City of Orange, Livingston, Voorhees, Upper Saddle River, Millville, Mount Olive, Nutley, Rahway, West Windsor, Pemberton Township, Neptune, Lacey, Englewood, East Windsor, Ocean Township, Bergenfield, Bernards, Stafford, Hamilton Township, Paramus, West Milford, Mahwah, Wall, Randolph, Ridgewood, Bridgeton, and more.
New Jersey Asbestos Facts
- Between 1999 and 2013, 9,395 New Jersey residents died from a disease related to asbestos exposure.
- This makes New Jersey the state with the sixth highest number of asbestos deaths.
- Nearly 7,000 of the deaths resulted from asbestos-related lung cancer and over 1,500 were from mesothelioma.
- Ocean County has had the most asbestos deaths in the state.
- Industries that used asbestos began appearing in New Jersey during the late 1800s. Asbestos was used to protect against fire and heat.
- The heaviest use of asbestos in the stat was from the 1940s to the 1970s when federal regulations limited most uses.
New Jersey, Johns Manville, and Asbestos
With a lot of industrial workplaces, many New Jersey residents experienced asbestos exposure over decades. The first asbestos-related lawsuits were filed in New Jersey as early as the 1920s. One major employer, asbestos producer Johns Manville, suppressed medical data connecting asbestos to serious health conditions for 50 years.
When the (Environmental Protection Agency) EPA began reporting in the 1970s that a link existed, Johns Manville claimed no such data had been published before 1964. However, Johns Manville possessed information regarding the dangers of asbestos as early as the 1930s while continuing production of asbestos-containing materials.
The company had a large manufacturing plant in Manville, Somerset County. The plant is now closed, but workers were exposed to asbestos while it operated. Johns Manville declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1982 after thousands of lawsuits were filed against it in New Jersey and other states.
Other New Jersey Businesses Associated with Asbestos
Along with Johns Manville, many other businesses have been associated with asbestos, including the following:
- Campbell’s Soup Plant
- General Motors Plant
- Squibb Pharmaceutical Plant
- Johnson & Johnson Plant
- American Cyanamid Chemical Plant
- OC Berlin Plant
- Central Region High School (Bayville)
- Berkeley Heights Elementary School
- St. Catherine of Siena (Caldwell)
- Cherry Hill High School
- Clifton High School
- Bergenfield High School
- New Milford High School
- Ridgewood High School (East Orange)
- Rumson Elementary School (East Orange)
- Lyndhurst High School
- Plainfield High School
- Rahway High School
- NJ Training School ( Totowa)
- Totowa Memorial School
- Edinboro State Teachers College
- Cooper Medical Center
- New Jersey State Hospital (Ancora)
- New Jersey State Hospital (Avenel)
- All Souls Hospital
- John F. Kennedy Hospital
- Lakehurst Naval Hospital
- Morristown Memorial Hospital
- Nyack Hospital
- Princeton Hospital
- Somerset Hospital
- Holy Name Hospital
- Public Service Electric & Gas Co. Generating Station
- U.S. Pipe & Foundry
- Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines
- Exxon (Linden)
- American Standard Inc.
- Arc Mercer, Inc.
- Claridge Hotel
- Atlantic City Electric Co.
- Atlantic City Convention Hall
- Haddon Hall Hotel
- John Sykes Co.
- California Oil
- Owens Corning Fiberglass
- Allied Chemical Corp.
- Bakelite Co.
- Union Carbide Building
- Monsanto Chemical Co.
- Hercules Powder Co.
- Bell Telephone
- Cadillac Dog Food
- Camden Courthouse and Jail
- American Stores Company
- Charles S. Woods Company
- Samuel Miller Center
- Wecoline Products Company
- Mitronics Hi-Temp
- Bordentown Reformatory
- United Gas Improvement Company
- E.I. Du Pont De Nemours Powder Company
- New Jersey State Reformatory For Women
- International Nickel Company
- Forstmann and Huffman Company
- Fritzsche Brothers Inc.
- Federal Telephone & Radio Corporation
- Stewart Hartshorn Company
- Fuchs Lang Manufacturing Company
- Hungerford Electric Manufacturing Company
- Unimatic Manufacturing Company
- Fucho and Lang Manufacturing Company
- Bridgeton Condensed Milk Company
- P.S. Sewaren Generating Station
- Heyden Chemical Corporation
- Hammerschlag Manufacturing Company
- Koppers Coke
- Theobald Animal Products Refinery
- Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock
- New York Shipbuilding
- Naval Weapons Station Earle
- Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
- Todd Shipyard
Asbestos Laws in New Jersey
The New Jersey Department of Health, along with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Affairs, is responsible for the implementation of asbestos laws and regulations in the state. For asbestos in public school buildings, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regulates asbestos and its remediation.
- To do any sort of asbestos-related work in New Jersey, you must first obtain the proper training and certification.
- Any school in New Jersey that was built using asbestos-containing materials must maintain an approved asbestos management plan.
- Although homeowners in New Jersey can remove asbestos without approval or licensing, contacting a professional is highly recommended.
- For any type of demolition, renovation, or asbestos-abatement work, you must be licensed to work around asbestos before starting the project.
- Wastes containing more than 1% of asbestos must be encapsulated, labeled, and disposed of at an approved New Jersey waste management location.
For more specific information and in-depth details regarding asbestos rules and regulations in New Jersey, contact the New Jersey Department of Health’s Indoor Environments Program at 609-826-4950.
New Jersey Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits
- Although there is no set statute for asbestos lawsuits in New Jersey, plaintiffs must follow N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2a:14-1 et seq.; the personal injury law for the statute of limitations.
- This mandates that the lawsuit must be filed within two years of discovering the asbestos-related disease or within two of years from when it should have been reasonably discovered.
- In the instance of a wrongful death lawsuit, the same statute applies. However, in New Jersey, the personal injury statute must not have expired before the date of the victim’s death.
Getting Mesothelioma Legal Help in New Jersey
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Page Reviewed and Edited by Mesothelioma Attorney Paul Danziger
Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.