Congoleum Plan Asbestos Trust Fund
Asbestos Trust Funds Claims and Mesothelioma
U.S Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts Funds have paid out nearly 21 billion to more than 600,000 asbestos claimants. There are about 60 active Asbestos Trust Funds with an estimated $32 billion in remaining assets.
Asbestos Settlement Trusts were established to help compensate workers and their families for asbestos exposure causing Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. When an Asbestos company establishes a Trust Fund all settlements are managed by trustees that decide the compensation amounts paid to Mesothelioma claimants. U. S. Courts allow Asbestos defendants to file for protection under a legal process known as bankruptcy reorganization. This allows the company to pay claims and stay in business.
Asbestos Trust Fund settlements typically do not come with an admission of guilt by the asbestos company that set up the trust. Image Source: www.congoleum.com/history/
Global Asbestos Disaster Study Estimates More than 39,000 USA Deaths Annually from Asbestos-Related Diseases.
Specifically, asbestos contributes to 34,270 lung cancer deaths, 3,161 mesothelioma deaths, 787 ovarian cancer deaths, 443 larynx cancer deaths and 613 chronic asbestosis death. Source: www.adao.us
Congoleum Plan Asbestos Trust Fund
Head Quarters: New Jersey
Turn out: Building materials including flooring and tile
Operating status: Still currently operating
Asbestos Trust: Yes
Trust began: 2010
Trust Amount: initially $270 million
Asbestos Trust Fund
Congoleum Corporation officially established a trust fund in 2010, seventeen years after they filed for bankruptcy. The fund consisted of $270 million to cover damages for those who had been exposed to asbestos. Cases are based off of factors including: age, exposure, and illness. The current payment percentage for the trust fund is 12.5%.
In 1993, Congoleum Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to their constantly growing amount of asbestos-related illness claims. They had put a warning label on their products, but did not reveal the full extent of damage asbestos causes. The corporation was able to reorganize and create a trust fund to deal with future claims.
Multiple cases sued them for exposure including a contractor named Robert Ehret. He developed pericardial mesothelioma due to exposure during twenty years of work that he didn’t know was dangerous. Congoleum Corporation tried to deny his claims, but eventually Ehret’s family was awarded $3.3 million. Congoleum Corporation would go on to receive thousands of these types of cases.
Due to the fact that products containing asbestos were highly prevalent in Congoleum Corporation many individuals including workers and the general public were put at risk. Since the company expanded quite quickly, there were multiple factories in which individuals may have come into contact with asbestos materials. Some workers were exposed on a routine schedule, and due to affects have asbestos related health complications. Various occupations that may have been effected include: tile workers, construction workers, contractors, maintenance workers, floor installers, drywall workers, demotion workers, and interior designers.
History of Asbestos Use
The Narin family originally founded Congoleum Corporation in the earlier 1800’s and emigrated to the United States in the 1880’s. Once they emigrated to the United and created a headquarter in Jersey, they began manufacturing products with asbestos. They produced flooring products, tiles, and countertops. The company would continue using asbestos in their products for almost forty years, from 1947-1984.
Companies often add asbestos to products such as cements and roofing to achieve heat resistance. Asbestos is a group of minerals that contain fibers that stop heat, and companies are allowed to use the product as long as it doesn’t account for more than 1% of the product. Congoleum Coporation products were using asbestos in their products above the legal limit amount.
The way asbestos works is when a product is moved at all the toxic material inside is disturbed, and that is when it is most dangerous. Employees working for Congoleum Corporation were exposed to environments full of airborne asbestos. Those most exposed include: factory workers, installers, and demolition workers. When exposed to large amounts of the materials as they were, it can cause diseases such as mesothelioma or asbestosis as well as cancers which have serious long-term effects.
The company phased out the use of asbestos in the 1980’s, but the workers who were already previously exposed the materials began having health problems. Congoleum Corporation began to accumulate a growing number of claims for asbestos-related illnesses, and they had to file for bankruptcy in 1993.
Asbestos Tiles 1959-1975
Asphalt Tiles 1959-1971
Commercial Vinyl Flooring 1974-1977
Cushioned Inlaid Vinyl 1970-1973
Cushioned Vinyl 1970-1980
Cushioned Vinyl 1974-1977
Commercial Vinyl Flooring 1974-1977
Cushionflor Supreme 1970-1980
Cushionflor Supreme 1974-1983
Dynasty Vinyl 1978-1980
Fashionflor Cushioned Inlaid Vinyl 1970-1973
Fashionflor Cushioned Inlaid 1974-1977
Firecheck Bulletin Board
Firecheck Bulletin Board Cork 1962-unknown
Firecheck Vinyl Wall Covering
Flor-Ever Commercial Vinyl 1978-1980
Flor-Ever Deluxe Vinyl 1959-1969
Flor-Ever Commercial Vinyl 1978-1980
Flor-Ever Vinyl 1959-1960
Flor-Ever Vinyl Tile 1959-unknown
Flor-Ever Vinyl Top 1959-1960
Gold Seal Asphalt Tile 1952-1958
Gold Seal Nairon Custom Tile 1956-1958
Gold Seal Nairon Deluxe 1957-1958
Gold Seal Nairon Standard 1955-1958
Gold Seal Nairon Standard Tile 1956-1958
Gold Seal Vinyl Inlaids 1952-1958
Gold Seal Vinyl Nairon Standard 1957-1958
Gold Seal Vinyl Tile 1952-1955
Gold Seal Vinylbest Tile 1954-1958
Highlight Cushioned Vinyl 1978-1980
Highlight Cushioned Vinyl 1974-1977
Inlaid Cushion Vinyl 1978-1980
Inlaid Vinyl 1965-1969
Inlaid Vinyl 1970-1973
Luxury Cushioned Vinyl 1965-1969
Nairn Asphalt Tile 1947-1951
Nairn Custom Tiffany Vinyl Tile 1959-unknown
Nairn Custom Vinyl Dynast Tiles and Tile Inserts 1959-unknown
Nairn Custom Vinyl Tile 1959-1962
New Dimension Cushioned Vinyl 1974-1977
Pacemaker Cushioned Vinyl 1970-1980
Pacemaker Cushioned Vinyl 1974-1977
Peerless Cushioned Vinyl 1981-1983
Peerless Cushioned Vinyl 1974-1977
Reflection 2 1974-1983
Solid Seal Vinyl Inlaids 1952-1955
Spacemaker Seamless Cushioned Vinyl 1978-1980
Spacemaker Wide Width 1974-1977
Spring Luxury Cushioned Vinyl 1970-1980
Spring Luxury Cushioned Vinyl 1974-1977
Textured Inlaid Vinyl 1965-1965
The Now Floor Cushioned Vinyl 1974-1977
Ultraflor Esteem 1978-1980
Ultraflor Esteem 1981-1983
Ultraflor Imperial 1981-1983
Ultraflor Majestic 1978-1980
Ultraflor Majestic 1981-1983
Ultraflor Regal 1978-1980
Ultraflor Regal 1981-1983
Villager Vinyl 1978-1980
Vinyl Asbestos Tile 1954-1972
Vinyl Cushioned 1974-1977
Vinyl Cushionflor 1970-1980
Vinyl Cushionflor 1974-1983
Vinylbest Tile 1959-1962
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How Do Mesothelioma Trust Funds Work?
Asbestos exposure victim’s diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases can submit their claims to asbestos settlement trusts belonging to the bankrupt asbestos companies responsible for their illness. Surviving relatives of mesothelioma that have died from asbestos exposure are also eligible to submit claims to responsible asbestos trust funds.
After submitting a claim, asbestos trust funds decide whether to pay a claim. The decision to pay a claim is made separate from the company that created the trust fund.
Asbestos Trust Fund Information
- There are more than 65+ Asbestos Trust Funds set up by U. S. Courts.
- Asbestos bankruptcy reorganization can be a lengthy process that can span several years.
- Asbestos Trusts publish additional information about their Trust guidelines, qualifications and rules.
- Representatives of current and future Mesothelioma claimants must consent to any significant changes to these trusts.
- Since 1988, Asbestos trusts have paid out about $17.5 billion representing more than 3 million claims.
- Since 2011, Asbestos Trust Funds have combined assets of $36.8 billion.
- Since 2010, the average percentage paid per asbestos victim is 25 percent of a claim.
- Asbestos Trust Funds set Statutes of Limitations that only allow a certain amount of time to file an Asbestos claim.
- Mesothelioma Claimants can sometimes file both Asbestos Trust lawsuits and Asbestos claims.
- S. Courts must approve the amount that is set aside before the Asbestos company will be granted bankruptcy protection.
Evidence Required to File an Asbestos Trust Fund Claim
Diagnosis: Medical Documentation, including biopsy information, and pathology report, showing claimant is diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease.
Physician Statement: The victim must also provide medical documentation to confirm the mesothelioma diagnosis, signed off by a doctor or mesothelioma specialist.
Exposure Evidence: Witness affidavits, employment records, company invoices linking a company product or facility to asbestos exposure.
Asbestos Trust Fund Claims
It is very important to contact a Mesothelioma lawyer soon after you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma. The only known cause of this Mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is a progressive disease, with a 10-50 year-latency period developing over years or even decades in many patients. Therefore, your statute of limitations does not begin with the time of exposure. Rather, it begins with your diagnosis that you have Mesothelioma.
If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, you have legal rights. But you need to act quickly, because the statute of limitations in most states is 1-3 years.
Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure
- Malignant Mesothelioma is commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 50 and 75 years old.
- There are 3000-3,500 malignant Mesothelioma cases diagnosed each year in the United States.
- 1 in 3 U. S. military veterans will develop an asbestos related disease in their lifetime.
Congoleum Plan Asbestos Trust Fund and Mesothelioma Claims
A person diagnosed with Mesothelioma may be entitled to recover compensation for the following:
Factors that May Affect the Value a Mesothelioma Case Include:
- Age, Gender, Location, and Work History
- History of Military Service
- Pain and Suffering
- Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
- How Many Asbestos Products are involved with Your Exposure
There Are 4 Primary Types of Mesothelioma Claims:
Product Liability – Can be filed against companies that manufactured and distributed asbestos products.
Medical Malpractice – Can be filed against doctors or hospitals if they misdiagnose or delay your diagnosis of Mesothelioma.
Workers Compensation – Can be filed against an employer if you were exposed to asbestos while on the job.
Wrongful Death – Can be filed against asbestos manufacturers, asbestos distributors, or an employer of a product containing asbestos that directly caused a person’s death if their actions constituted gross negligence for a deceased worker s safety.
How a Mesothelioma Attorney Can Help
An experienced Mesothelioma lawyer will help you to file a Mesothelioma lawsuit to hold negligent asbestos manufacturers and asbestos companies accountable for the severe pain and suffering that comes with a Mesothelioma cancer diagnosis.
Military Veterans Diagnosed With Mesothelioma
Recent Mesothelioma Verdicts
- $4.6 Million Mesothelioma Settlement: For a union insulator that developed malignant Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.
- $10.2 Million Mesothelioma Verdict: For a Paper Mill worker suffering from pleural Mesothelioma.
- $8 Million Mesothelioma Award: For a man diagnosed with Mesothelioma.
- $1.2 Million Mesothelioma Settlement: For a 76 year-old carpenter that developed malignant Mesothelioma.
- $1.1 Million Veteran Mesothelioma Settlement: For a Navy veteran machinist that developed malignant Mesothelioma at age 71.
- $245,000 Asbestosis Settlement: For a Paper mill worker suffering from Asbestosis.
- $2.5 Million Mesothelioma Settlement: For a union pipefitter man who died from malignant Mesothelioma.
- $2.6 Million Shipyard Worker Mesothelioma Settlement: For the family of a 72-year old shipyard worker with Mesothelioma who suffered secondhand exposure.
- $5 Million Navy Veteran Mesothelioma Verdict: For a Navy Boilerman who developed Mesothelioma during his service.
- $1.8 Million Mesothelioma Settlement: For a carpenter that developed malignant Mesothelioma at age 68.
- $7.5 Million Mesothelioma Verdict: For a woman that developed peritoneal Mesothelioma from laundering her husband s work clothes.
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Settlement Averages for Mesothelioma Lawsuits
The average verdict in a mesothelioma lawsuit is about $2.4 million, and the average settlement is between $1 million and $1.4 million according to Mealey’s Litigation Report.
Malignant Mesothelioma is rare form of cancer that affects lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, and major organs in the body. Mesothelioma is a disease in which malignant cancer cells are found in the sac lining the chest (pleura) or the abdomen (peritoneum). There are about 3,000 new malignant Mesothelioma cases diagnosed each year in the U. S. If you are experiencing any Mesothelioma symptoms you should contact a doctor immediately.
Diagnosed With Mesothelioma?
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with malignant Mesothelioma you are going to have a lot of questions about living with Mesothelioma and what legal options you have against asbestos manufacturers and asbestos companies for your asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a seriously deadly disease. According to the American Cancer Society with the average survival time for people with Mesothelioma is 4-18 months.
Mesothelioma Personal Injury Lawsuit
Can be filed by anyone after being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer.
Can be Filed against companies responsible for a victim’s asbestos exposure.
A Mesothelioma personal injury lawsuit allows victim’s to receive compensation for pain, and suffering, lost wages, costly treatment, travel, and other and related costs.
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Family Member Died From Mesothelioma?
If you have a family member that has died from Mesothelioma cancer you should immediately consult with an experienced Mesothelioma diagnosis lawyer about what compensation may be available to you from asbestos trust funds that total more than 30 billion dollars.
Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Can be filed by surviving family members after the death of a loved one from mesothelioma cancer.
Can be Filed against asbestos companies responsible for a victim’s asbestos exposure causing death.
A Mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuit allows victims to receive compensation for burial and funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, and other and related costs.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you file your Mesothelioma claim within your states Statute of Limitations.
We have seen many families lose their right to file a lawsuit because their Statute of Limitations had expired while they were grieving. We know it is a tough time to grieve the loss of a loved one, but please do not let your Statute of Limitations expire for filing your Mesothelioma lawsuit. In most states the Statute of Limitations is 2-3 years. Some states have 6-year Statute of Limitations.
Mesothelioma Latency Period
Mesothelioma has a long latency period of 10-50 years. Many Veterans, Shipyard Workers, Construction Workers, Power Plant Workers, Mill Workers, Steel Workers, Railroad Workers, Pipefitters, Insulators, Electricians, Carpenters, Welders, Auto Mechanics, Veterans, Factory Workers, and laborers are living in the early stages of a variety of asbestos related diseases. Many Mesothelioma lawyers will not accept asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer, pleural plaques, pleural thickening, colon cancer and esophageal cancer cases.
There is More Than 30 Billion Dollars Set Aside for Mesothelioma and Asbestos Victims in Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts
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Workers and Asbestos Containing Products
People that worked in shipyards, refineries, power plants, mills, factories, plants, salvage yards, engine rooms, installing brakes, gaskets, insulation, valves and pipes have a higher risk of developing an asbestos related disease in their lifetime.
How Second-Hand Asbestos Exposure Occurs
When asbestos is disturbed, broken apart, cut, decayed, or damaged, it releases tiny asbestos microscopic fibrous particles that can cling to hair and clothing. These asbestos fibers are easily transferred to others where they can accumulate in the lining of lungs that cause mesothelioma lung
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