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New Mexico Mesothelioma & Asbestos Lawyer

New Mexico is home to a thriving energy industry and thousands of miles of railroads. These industries have historically used asbestos, and their workers still face exposure today. If you have developed an asbestos-related illness, a New Mexico mesothelioma lawyer at the Lanier Law Firm may be able to help you recover substantial compensation.

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Legally Reviewed By: Sam E. Taylor
Managing Attorney | Mesothelioma & Asbestos in Houston

Sam Taylor

Legally Reviewed By: Sam E. Taylor
Managing Attorney | Mesothelioma & Asbestos in Houston

Mesothelioma, a devastating illness with a short life expectancy, is caused by asbestos exposure. It generally develops 20 to 40 years after the first exposure but may emerge 60 or more years later. Asbestos exposure also causes lung cancer and asbestosis, which also develop decades later. According to the CDC, approximately 60 people in New Mexico die from asbestos-related diseases yearly. 

Asbestos exposure typically does not result in immediate symptoms or warning signs, which means you can be exposed without knowing or feeling anything is wrong. 

The lack of immediate signs, combined with the latency of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses, allowed the asbestos industry to conceal its knowledge about the material’s dangers for nearly half a century. As a result, millions of workers have contracted these deadly diseases, and many workers are still exposed today.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to recover substantial compensation. A compassionate New Mexico mesothelioma attorney at the Lanier Law Firm can help.

Why Is the Lanier Law Firm the Best Choice for Your New Mexico Mesothelioma Claim?

The Lanier Law Firm is one of the most experienced law firms in the world, with more than 250 years of combined experience helping people diagnosed with mesothelioma get justice against the companies that wrongfully exposed them to asbestos. 

Our award-winning New Mexico mesothelioma lawyers are nationally recognized, having earned such prestigious honors as the following:

  • Super Lawyers
  • Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Consumer Lawyers
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent rating
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • Legal 500 Hall of Fame

Our Successful Case Results

We have recovered more than $20 billion in compensation for our clients, including the following mesothelioma settlements and verdicts:

  • $115 million verdict for 21 steel workers diagnosed with mesothelioma 

  • $4.69 billion verdict for 22 women who contracted ovarian cancer from asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder  

  • Over $4 million in settlements from multiple defendants for the family of a doctor who died from mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure in a shipyard where he worked before attending medical school

  • $2.1 million settlements with multiple defendants for the family of an oilfield worker

  • $1.6 million settlement for the family of a woman who died of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure during her employment at a manufacturing plant

Unsolicited Client Testimonials


The Lanier Law Firm is totally awesome.  When I have had bad days they have lifted me up.  They truly care.  You do not find that at very many places.  I feel so blessed having them and all they have done for my family.  They are family.  They are the best of the best.

– Carla Hunter


I would like to thank The Lanier Law Firm for everything they have done for my family. Since my father’s first emails to them, to after his passing and the resolution of our issue, they were right there with us, caring, attentive, and super professional. I would not hesitate to recommend them!

– B. Cirelli


I can’t recommend a greater firm than The Lanier Law Firm! All members are fantastic and will work tirelessly to get the result you want. Sam Taylor is very knowledgeable and does excellent work in his field, so you’ll know you’re getting the best with him.

– Owen Meaney


Our Featured Lawyers

Mark Lanier

Mark Lanier is a distinguished mesothelioma lawyer who has earned worldwide acclaim for his historical courtroom verdicts. He founded the Lanier Law Firm in 1990 with a mission to help individuals needing serious, sound legal representation.

Mark Lanier is well-known for his persuasiveness in the courtroom and his success in taking on some of the largest corporations in the world for the benefit of individuals harmed through no fault of their own. 

His historic courtroom verdicts provide a powerful motivation for mesothelioma companies to settle rather than risk going against him in a trial. This is why Law360 has named the Lanier Law Firm one of the nation’s most feared law firms.

Mark Lanier is a featured lecturer at the nation’s top law schools, including Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Chicago Law School. He regularly appears on major news networks to provide guest legal commentary, and the New York Times has recognized him as one of the top civil trial lawyers in the nation.

Sam E. Taylor

Sam Taylor has been board-certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy for over 18 years. He has more than 30 years of experience, which includes more than 50 civil jury trials in state and federal courts, including 40 in which he served as lead counsel. 

He has been nationally recognized as a Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer and has earned the Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent rating for displaying the highest level of professional excellence in legal ability and ethics for 19 consecutive years.

Our New Mexico Mesothelioma Attorneys Can Help You Recover Substantial Compensation

If you have developed an asbestos-related illness in New Mexico, you may be entitled to recover compensation from a lawsuit, trust fund claim, or other sources. Our New Mexico mesothelioma lawyers can help you identify all the types of compensation for which you may qualify.

Mesothelioma Lawsuits in New Mexico

There are two types of mesothelioma lawsuits in New Mexico:

  • Personal injury lawsuits
  • Wrongful death lawsuits

The asbestos companies in New Mexico can be held liable for asbestos-related diseases based on negligence and strict liability.
According to New Mexico laws, negligence occurs when a company breaches a duty to exercise reasonable care, and the breach of duty causes harm. 

Strict liability is applicable when a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, agent, or importer markets and sells a product that causes harm when used as directed, whether or not negligence occurred. The harm must stem from at least one of the following:

  • Harmful product design
  • A manufacturing defect
  • A failure to warn or instruct

A mesothelioma lawsuit is a means to pursue economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. Economic damages are compensation for monetary losses. Non-economic damages are compensation for pain and suffering. 

Punitive damages are awarded to punish a defendant whose conduct was outrageous or fraudulent. In most cases, our attorneys can prove that the conduct of the asbestos companies met this standard. Punitive damages may be sought in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

Mesothelioma lawsuits may be filed against some employers and against companies that manufactured or supplied the asbestos to which you were exposed.

Personal Injury Lawsuits

A mesothelioma personal injury lawsuit is filed by or on behalf of a living victim of asbestos exposure who has developed an asbestos-related illness. 

Economic damages available in a personal injury lawsuit include the following:

  • Lost wages
  • Projected future lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Projected future medical expenses
  • Lost business opportunities
  • Housekeeping and personal care services

While many states limit the non-economic damages you can recover, New Mexico does not impose such limits. Non-economic damages in New Mexico include the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of society
  • Loss of bodily functions
  • Loss of consortium
  • Mental anguish

When you file a mesothelioma lawsuit, you can count on our New Mexico mesothelioma attorneys to fight for maximized mesothelioma compensation. With our reputation, many of these companies are eager to settle with us, and this often helps us win significant settlements without the need for your case to go to trial.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits

In a New Mexico wrongful death lawsuit, a personal representative files a lawsuit on behalf of the family of someone who has passed away. Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit are intended to compensate the family for losses related to the death, but in New Mexico, the intent extends even further. 

The New Mexico courts specified in Stang v. Hertz Corporation that the purpose of wrongful death lawsuits is more than compensation, but also to “promote safety of life and limb by making negligence that causes death costly to the wrongdoer.” 

The following economic and non-economic damages may be recoverable in a New Mexico wrongful death lawsuit:

  • Your loved one’s medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Your loved one’s pain and suffering
  • Grief and suffering of the family
  • Loss of comfort, guidance, support, advice, and counsel
  • Loss of companionship
  • Income loss caused by your loved one’s passing

Our caring New Mexico mesothelioma lawyers have seen firsthand how heartbreaking a mesothelioma death can be for a family. We are passionate about getting justice for your lost loved one and will go to whatever lengths are necessary to do so.

Asbestos Trust Fund Claims

The asbestos trust funds were established by companies liable for asbestos exposure that filed for bankruptcy, generally because they were unable to meet their obligations in the large number of lawsuits filed against them.

As a result, these companies cannot be sued. Instead, you can file a trust fund claim against the fund for the respective company. One New Mexico-based company that has filed for bankruptcy and established an asbestos trust fund is Owens Corning Fiberglass. 

Even if the responsible company was based outside the state, you may still have been exposed to asbestos in New Mexico. 

Our asbestos trust fund attorneys are often able to identify multiple trust fund claims for which our clients qualify. Recoverable compensation from trust funds includes economic and non-economic damages.

Workers’ Compensation Claims

Workers’ compensation is no-fault insurance that pays certain economic damages without the need to prove the employer was at fault.  Workers’ compensation insurance covers most employers in New Mexico. You cannot sue your employer if they are covered. However, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits if you were exposed to asbestos while working for a covered company. 

 In New Mexico, workers’ compensation benefits include the following:

  • Compensation payments of 66 and two-thirds percent of your average weekly wage, not exceeding 100 percent of the state average weekly wage in the case of total disability
  • Medical care provided by the doctor of the employer’s choice unless the employer opts to allow you to select the doctor
  • Death benefits, equal to what the employee would have received, paid to the dependents for up to 700 weeks, plus up to $7,500 in funeral expenses

Federal Employer Liability Act Claims

Worker’s compensation is not available if your employer was a federal railroad. Instead, you may be eligible for compensation through a Federal Employer Liability Act claim. Unlike workers’ compensation claims, FELA claims allow you to receive economic and non-economic damages.

In a FELA claim, you do have to prove that the employer was negligent, but any negligence by anyone affiliated with the railroad involving any railroad property or equipment is sufficient. Under federal law, you must file a claim within three years of diagnosis.

VA Claims

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness and were exposed to asbestos in the military, you cannot sue the military. However, you can sue the companies that supplied asbestos to the military. In addition, you may be entitled to file a VA claim for monthly disability benefits and free medical care.

Disability benefits are tax-free monthly payments based on your service-connected disability rating, a rating assigned by the VA based on your degree of disability. This rating is generally 100 percent for veterans with mesothelioma or lung cancer but varies for asbestosis. The higher the disability rating, the higher the compensation.

Your disability rating also influences the coverage of your medical care. If your disability rating is 50 percent or higher, you are assigned a higher priority level, with most of your care covered without deductibles.

You can apply for benefits online, by mail, or by visiting the Albuquerque Regional Office in person.

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New Mexico Workers with the Highest Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Occupational asbestos exposure is the most common source of exposure. It is also generally the form of exposure that results in the highest risk of mesothelioma because of its cumulative effects over time. The most prominent industries in New Mexico with a history of asbestos exposure include the following:

  • Coal Companies 
  • Public Gas & Electric Companies 
  • Asbestos Companies 
  • Power Plants 
  • Lumber Companies 
  • Railroads 
  • Construction Companies 
  • Air Force and Army Bases 
  • Oil & Gas Production Companies

New Mexico is also home to natural asbestos deposits in the state’s southwestern region.

Occupations with Asbestos Exposure

While asbestos was largely phased out in the late 1970s, New Mexico workers are often still exposed to asbestos in the workplace when working with older equipment or buildings constructed during asbestos’ heyday. 

Attorney Sam E. Taylor has encountered cases in New Mexico in which workers had developed mesothelioma after working in the following occupations:

We have represented construction workers exposed to asbestos through cement pipes, sewage pipes, water pipes,