Connecticut Mesothelioma Resources and Asbestos Information

In terms of area, Connecticut is one of the smaller states in America, but may be one of the largest when it comes to asbestos. People have been exposed to asbestos in more than six hundred locations in the state. Though asbestos was only processed in the northwestern area of the state near Torrington, these six hundred asbestos sites are located in just three cities: New Haven, Hartford, and Fairfield.

These locations include various businesses, not just industrial areas. Some of the places where exposure has taken place are a well-known restaurant, insurance companies, schools, shipbuilding facilities and chemical factories, a synagogue, and even a health clinic.

A failed legislative act ironically called the “F.A.I.R.” Act–Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution–which received strong support from Bill Frist, Senate majority whip, and authored by Alen Specter, a senator from Pennsylvania, was introduced in this state to restrict individuals seeking compensation for asbestos exposure. This piece of legislation was introduced before the 2006 election, which passed control of Congress to the Democratic party. The “F.A.I.R. Act” was intended to perpetually shield corporations from lawsuits, limiting the rights of victims to sue. The act would have introduced specific methods of filing a claim and set allowable award amounts based upon the disease level and claimant’s use of tobacco products.

The lumber industry, for one, strongly advocated for the “reform” of this asbestos litigation, and a letter was published on the Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut (LDAC) website asking their members to print out, sign and send it to Senators McConnell and Frist. This was no surprise, since at any given time Connecticut saw a large amount of litigation over asbestos exposure, as the state’s list of sites where exposure took place indicates.

Although studies failed to show any connection, medical researchers investigated correlations between the drinking water that was delivered through pipes manufactured with asbestos cement, and gastrointestinal cancer. These studies took place from 1935 to 1973 in various communities in Connecticut.

Another area of concern is that quite a bit of asbestos was found in Connecticut schools. While this fact by itself would not be unusual, given the age of the buildings, it was recently found in school supplies, namely in clay containing talc that may have had asbestos fibers. Worth noting is that talc miners suffered from very high instances of mesothelioma.  Although asbestos is found in many places in Connecticut, it has a comparable asbestos disease death rate to California.