Law firm seeks asbestos claims from former Monadnock Paper Mills

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/17/2020 9:24:39 PM

An Alabama law firm is encouraging former employees of Monadnock Paper Mills to submit claims for compensation from asbestos bankruptcy trusts. Norris Injury Lawyers is soliciting cancer victims or the families of deceased victims who worked at the plant before 1981 to contact their office to assess their eligibility for funds set aside by asbestos manufacturers as required by federal bankruptcy courts.

“We have nothing to say,” Vice President of Human Resources Bill Peterson said, speaking for Monadnock Paper Mills CEO Richard Varney on Monday. 

In a statement, the Birmingham, Alabama-based law firm said that asbestos-laced products were used for decades at the Monadnock Paper Mills, and neither employees nor management were aware of the asbestos risk. 

Questions as to why Norris Injury Lawyers targeted a specific initiative to assist Monadnock Paper Mills employees were unreturned by deadline Monday.

The law firm detailed that although the mineral asbestos is harmless in its natural state, it can become harmful when it is pulled apart or ground up into flexible fibers. Microscopic asbestos fibers can be permanently affixed to body tissue after they’re inhaled or swallowed.  Over many years, these fibers may cause genetic changes that can lead to cancer. Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, laryngeal cancer, pharyngeal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and mesothelioma are frequently caused by asbestos exposure, the firm said. According to the National Cancer Institute, “It can take from 10 to 40 years or more for asbestos-related cancers to appear.”

Cancer victims or the families of deceased victims who worked at the plant before 1981 may call 800-478-9578 for a free evaluation of their claim. Additional information is available at


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