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Virginia Mesothelioma Lawyer

Thousands of work sites, buildings, and homes exposed Virginians to asbestos. Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma and other deadly asbestos-related diseases like lung cancer. A Virginia mesothelioma lawyer can help victims and their loved ones pursue compensation and justice after a medical diagnosis.

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Filing a Mesothelioma Claim in Virginia

Those diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in Virginia deserve compensation. The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Manufacturers of asbestos-containing products knew the health risks for decades — but hid the truth to make millions.

Mesothelioma killed nearly 1,500 people in Virginia between 1999 and 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

An experienced Virginia mesothelioma lawyer can help victims file lawsuits and access much-needed compensation after a diagnosis.

Asbestos claims have been filed by mesothelioma victims who lived or worked in these Virginia locations:

  • Abingdon
  • Alexandria
  • Bassett
  • Charlottesville
  • Chesapeake
  • Covington
  • Cumberland
  • Danville
  • Falls Church
  • Hopewell
  • Lynchburg
  • Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Richmond
  • Winchester
  • Yorktown
  • And more

When looking for a Virginia mesothelioma lawyer, it’s important to select a firm with the experience, reputation, and resources to advocate for you. Thankfully, Mesothelioma Hope has partnered with an experienced mesothelioma law firm that can help patients like you: Simmons Hanly Conroy.

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Virginia Mesothelioma Law Firm

As one of the nation’s largest mass tort law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy is dedicated to helping victims of mesothelioma and other personal injuries find justice and hope.

The attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy have centuries of combined experience, and they aim to provide their clients with first-class legal services.

Our sponsor firm has recovered $55 million on behalf of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease victims in Virginia alone. A few of the firm’s recent mesothelioma settlement amounts are highlighted below.

Virginia Mesothelioma Settlements Recovered by Simmons Hanly Conroy

  • $3.9 millionHeirs of an auto mechanic
  • $3.6 millionTile installer
  • $3.3 millionU.S. Navy veteran
  • $2.9 millionLaborer

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Asbestos Exposure Sites in Virginia

Many buildings and work sites in Virginia were hotbeds of asbestos use. About 30 million tons of asbestos were used to build structures in Virginia and the rest of the country.

Buildings made with asbestos included:

  • Apartment buildings
  • Churches
  • Hospitals
  • Office buildings
  • Power plants
  • Post offices
  • Schools
  • Shipyards

Mesothelioma lawyers in Virginia keep track of high-risk asbestos job sites throughout the state.

Examples of Virginia asbestos sites include:

  • Alexandria Hospital, Alexandria
  • Allied Chemical Corporation, Norfolk
  • Amoco Oil, Norfolk
  • Appalachian Electric Power Company Clinch River Plant, Cleveland
  • Carr Automotive Manufacturing Company, Tappahannock
  • Covington Paper Mill, Covington
  • Dupont Chemical Plant, Richmond
  • Federal Correctional Institute, Petersburg
  • Liberty Baptist Church, Norfolk
  • Little Creek Naval Base, Norfolk
  • Riverside Hospital, Newport News
  • Sears Roebuck, Arlington
  • Shirley Industrial Center Ruxton Apartments, Alexandria
  • Union Camp Manufacturing Company, Franklin
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • U.S. Post Office, Richmond
  • Virginia Electric Power Company, Chesapeake Energy Center, Chesapeake
  • Virginia Power & Light Power Plant, Yorktown

There are many more asbestos exposure sites in Virginia not listed above. A Virginia mesothelioma lawyer can help you find out where you were exposed and if you can access financial benefits.

Virginia Locations With the Highest Number of Asbestos-Related Deaths

Asbestos affects families and communities in every state and county in the U.S. Along with mesothelioma, asbestos exposure has caused thousands of deaths in Virginia from related diseases like asbestosis and lung cancer. Five locations were hit particularly hard in recent years.

Asbestos-Related Deaths Between 1999-2017
LocationEstimated DeathsAverage Deaths Per Year
Newport News (city)56729
Hampton (city)47024
Virginia Beach (city)47024
Fairfax County42622
Chesapeake (city)40121

Know Your Rights: Virginia Mesothelioma Lawsuits

A mesothelioma lawsuit can allow Virginians to receive financial compensation. This compensation will come from the manufacturers of asbestos-based products.

Some mesothelioma lawsuits award victims millions of dollars.

Mesothelioma attorneys in Virginia understand just how awful this cancer is — and why the manufacturers need to be held accountable through a lawsuit. It costs nothing to file a lawsuit with these lawyers, and they can take on all of the work for you.

Who Is Eligible to File a Mesothelioma Claim in Virginia?

In addition to Virginia residents, mesothelioma patients who may have been exposed to asbestos while working in, living in, or visiting the state might qualify to file a claim for financial compensation.

Additionally, anyone who’s been diagnosed with other serious asbestos-related diseases — such as lung cancer or asbestosis — may also qualify to file a claim with the help of a Virginia mesothelioma attorney.

Even those who develop an asbestos-related disease later in life, such as mesothelioma, may be eligible to file a claim. Surviving family members may also be able to file a claim on behalf of a mesothelioma victim.

A Virginia mesothelioma lawyer can explain how the state’s laws and regulations impact someone’s eligibility for different types of asbestos claims.

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Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts in Virginia

To conclude a lawsuit, lawyers for asbestos victims and manufacturers typically agree to settle the case out of court. This happens in 95% of all cases.

Mesothelioma settlements award victims $1-$1.4 million on average, according to Mealey’s® Litigation Reports.

If the lawyers can’t agree to a settlement, the case may go to trial before a jury. A jury then determines a verdict. Juries in Virginia have awarded mesothelioma plaintiffs hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

The average mesothelioma trial verdict is between $5 million and $11.4 million.

Two notable Virginia mesothelioma verdicts include:

  • $25 million to pay a former ship fitter and repair supervisor with mesothelioma
  • $1 million to the estate of a former railcar service man

Not every mesothelioma trial awards high verdicts, and some asbestos victims get nothing. After all, one of the risks of going to trial rather than reaching a settlement is that the judge or jury may not rule in your favor.

You should consult with a Virginia mesothelioma lawyer to learn more about recent settlements and trial verdicts.

Asbestos Laws and Regulations in Virginia

Virginia follows federal requirements to limit asbestos use in the state. These requirements include the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for asbestos. NESHAP regulates workplace asbestos use.

Virginia’s state rules certify workers to safely remove asbestos (for a fee). They also regulate asbestos transportation and disposal.

Mesothelioma lawyers in Virginia can see if these laws could affect your lawsuit.

Statute of Limitations on Lawsuits in Virginia

A statute of limitations restricts the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit.

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Statutes of limitations vary by state and other factors (such as whether you are filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit) — and can be difficult to understand without legal help.

In most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations in Virginia is two years. However, there are many variables that can determine whether you have more or less time, such as who you’re suing, how you found out about your injury, and the type of case being filed.

For these reasons, it’s important to get in touch with a lawyer to learn the statutes of limitation in the state of Virginia. A Virginia mesothelioma lawyer can help ensure that you or your loved one’s lawsuit is filed by the state deadline.

Asbestos Trust Funds and Statutes of Limitations

Asbestos trust funds can pay mesothelioma victims even if the statute of limitations has passed to file a lawsuit.

Asbestos trust funds were court-ordered so that bankrupt manufacturers had to pay those they harmed. These trusts are not subject to state law and set their own deadlines to file claims.

Mesothelioma victims may be able to file claims with multiple trusts. An experienced Virginia mesothelioma lawyer can determine which trusts victims can file claims with.

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Virginia VA Information for Mesothelioma Victims

Veterans with mesothelioma may qualify for compensation and health care benefits after a diagnosis.

All United States military branches used asbestos until the early 1980s — and about 33% of all mesothelioma patients are veterans.

Langley Air Force Base is an example of a Virginia military base that was built with asbestos.

Virginia VA Benefits

Thankfully, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can help veterans with mesothelioma access disability compensation and other benefits.

VA benefits include:

  • Aid & attendance
  • Burial benefits
  • Health care
  • Pension plans

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

VA mesothelioma doctors include:


Mesothelioma Hope 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.

Veterans can contact any of the VA offices listed below:

Veterans Benefits Administration

  • Dahlgren Naval Station WC
  • Roanoke Regional Office
  • Fort Eustis IDES, Newport News
  • Fort Lee
  • Langley Air Force Base, Hampton
  • Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Norfolk
  • Norfolk NB
  • Oceana Naval Air Station, Norfolk
  • Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Norfolk
  • Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County

VA Medical Centers

  • Hampton VA Medical Center
  • Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond
  • Salem VA Medical Center

Community-Based Outpatient Clinics

  • Charlottesville CBOC
  • Chesapeake CBOC
  • Danville CBOC
  • Fort Belvoir Outpatient Clinic
  • Fredericksburg at Southpoint CBOC
  • Fredericksburg CBOC
  • Harrisonburg Outpatient Clinic
  • Jonesville VA Clinic
  • Lynchburg CBOC
  • Marion VA Clinic
  • Norton VA Clinic
  • Staunton CBOC
  • Stephens City Outpatient Clinic (Winchester)
  • Tazewell VA Clinic
  • Vansant VA Clinic
  • Virginia Beach CBOC
  • Wytheville CBOC

Veterans Centers

  • Alexandria Veterans Center
  • Norfolk Veterans Center
  • Richmond Veterans Center
  • Roanoke Veterans Center
  • Virginia Beach Veterans Center

Anyone looking to file for VA benefits should first start with a Virginia mesothelioma lawyer. These attorneys can collect information to file a VA claim — such as when, how, and where a veteran was exposed to asbestos while they served.

From there, a Virginia asbestos attorney can help veterans pass this information off to a Veterans Service Officer (VSO). VSOs are trained by the VA to help veterans receive VA benefits.

AML and VFW Service Officers in Virginia

A wide range of organizations — including the American Legion (AML) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) — work with VSOs throughout Virginia. These organizations have nearly 700 different offices in the state.

These offices include, but are not limited to:

  • American Ex-Prisoners of War
  • American Legion
  • American Red Cross
  • American Veterans
  • Armed Forces Services Corporation
  • Army and Navy Union
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Fleet Reserve Association
  • Marine Corps League
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart
  • Navy Mutual Aid Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Veterans of World War I of the USA, Inc.

Veterans can connect with a VSO and file for VA benefits by contacting the offices listed above. Download your Free Veterans Compensation Guide today to learn if and how you can access financial assistance for an asbestos-related illness.

Connect With a Virginia Mesothelioma Lawyer

A Virginia mesothelioma lawyer can be a big help to those suffering from this cancer. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed, be sure to connect with a Virginia asbestos attorney today.

A qualified Virginia mesothelioma attorney can help you:

  1. Identify the Virginia work sites or locations where you were exposed to asbestos
  2. Obtain medical and military records
  3. Build an asbestos claim that maximizes your chances of securing compensation
  4. File your claim within the proper Virginia statute of limitations

To learn more about working with a Virginia mesothelioma lawyer, get a free case review today.

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