According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) more than 10,000 Americans will die each year as a result of asbestos exposure.
Throughout Arizona’s rich economic history, asbestos was used as a key component for developing commerce and industry. From the time it was introduced as a multi-purpose fire retardant, to the time it was understood to be hazardous, residents and workers were exposed to toxic asbestos fibers by the hundreds each day. The heaviest exposure rates were recorded between 1920 through the late 1980’s. An exposure of as little as 1-3 months would produce life threatening health problems, including Mesothelioma and Asbestosis. Symptoms manifest 10-50 years after initial exposure, essentially delaying the symptoms of a victim until it is too late to treat.
Arizona Workers and Asbestos Exposure
In its asbestos hay day, Arizona mined over 75,000 tons of asbestos and received more than 212,000 tons of asbestos shipments. Because so much asbestos was processed within the state, Arizona became the 28th state with the highest instances of Malignant Mesothelioma. The highest asbestos exposures came from Arizona industrial factories, mines, power plants, iron mills, steel mills, oil refineries, and construction sites that produced residential and commercial buildings.
The use of asbestos in Arizona construction of residential and commercial buildings lead to the exposure of teachers, children and many who had nothing to do with the construction process. Others were exposed without their knowledge through the use of products containing asbestos that were mislabeled or from products that came from a manufacturer who was unaware of the damage their products were inflicting. Workers were not only exposed without their knowledge or consent, but many workers unknowingly exposed their families to second-hand asbestos exposure upon returning home from a job site with contaminated clothing.
Arizona has over 100 naturally occurring asbestos deposits located in the central portion of the state. Natural asbestos deposits have been found near Gila County in a town called Chrysotile, which is named after the type of asbestos that was discovered there. The discovery of Chrysotile Asbestos in Arizona led to vigorous mining operations. The resulting mining industry and Chrysotile processing plants led to the asbestos exposure of thousands of people. Mining operations in Arizona lasted until 1982.
Arizona Military personnel may have been unknowingly exposed to asbestos while living and working in military buildings constructed before 1980. Asbestos was used to make shingles, paints, drywall ceiling tiles and floor tiles. Asbestos exposure may have occurred on the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Davis-Monthan AFB, Luke AFB, Camp Navajo, Fort Huachuca, the Yuma Proving Ground, or MCAS Yuma.
Asbestos companies chose profits over people. They willingly withheld information that could have prevented the deaths of thousands. In Arizona, there have been over 672 asbestos related deaths and counting due to asbestos exposure. Maricopa County alone has had more than 376 asbestos-related deaths, 270 being from Mesothelioma.
Arizona Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Claims
In recent years, there have been multi-million dollar verdicts passed down by Arizona courts on behalf of victims of asbestos exposure and related diseases. Asbestos companies are being held accountable for injuries dating as far back as 1920. Asbestos exposure has been linked directly to Mesothelioma. Currently, there are two types of Mesothelioma Claims:
1) Personal Injury Claims: in which a claim is filed by the person who was injured and is diagnosed with Mesothelioma
2) Wrongful Death Claims: where the victim is a deceased Mesothelioma patient, and the claim is filed by a surviving family member
Arizona victims who have been exposed to asbestos and are diagnosed with Mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease are entitled to damages. These damages include:
- Pain and Suffering
- Physical Impairment
- Medical Expenses
- Economic Damages
- End-of-Life Expenses
- Future Medical Bills
- Loss of Income
- Loss of Parental Care
- Loss of Spouse
- Product Liability
- Punitive Damages
- Monetary Compensation
In order to make a claim against an asbestos manufacturer, a plaintiff must be able to:
- Prove that damages have taken place
- Identify the asbestos-containing product which caused damages
- Prove that the defendant’s asbestos-related product was a factor in causing such damages
Those who have been exposed to asbestos and developed an asbestos-related disease should contact an Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer to get compensation for their pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one to asbestos related cancer, you may also be entitled to compensation. The statute of limitations to file an asbestos-related claim in Arizona is 2 years from the date of a wrongful death and 2 years from the initial diagnosis of Mesothelioma.
Here is a list of case results that were awarded on behalf Arizona asbestos victims:
- $4.2 Million dollars was awarded to a 41 year-old Arizona Construction Worker who developed Mesothelioma after years of working with Asbestos.
- $2.5 Million dollars was awarded to an Arizona Plumber who developed Malignant Mesothelioma after working with asbestos.
- $6.8 Million dollars was awarded to the state of Arizona in U.S. District Court because of damages to wildlife resulting from Freeport McMoRan’s Morenci Mine.
- $1.8 Million dollars was awarded to an Arizona Carpenter who was exposed to asbestos and developed Mesothelioma.
We help Mesothelioma patients and their families make educated decisions about how to start with filing asbestos and Mesothelioma claims. We will also recommend an experienced Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer or Arizona Mesothelioma Doctor to help you get your claim started.
We have a Mesothelioma Hotline - Toll Free: 800.291.0963 that is available 24/7 to talk with a live Mesothelioma Help Center counselor. We understand that those dealing with asbestos cancers face a number of challenges, including the tremendous costs of Mesothelioma treatment.
We have helped many families get experienced legal and medical help for their Mesothelioma cancer and asbestos cancer cases. We will actually walk you through the process of contacting an experienced Arizona Mesothelioma lawyer that we have worked with to get you the best possible settlement for your Arizona Mesothelioma claim.
Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer - Experience
Deciding which Arizona Mesothelioma law firm to represent you and your case is very important.
Choosing the right lawyer will also be important to your Arizona Mesothelioma settlement.
Many Mesothelioma and asbestos cancer cases in Arizona have settled with multi-million dollar verdicts.
Mesothelioma cases are not restricted to just one state. Filings are usually in multiple states.
Mesothelioma cases are contingency based cases. This means that no money should be paid by you. Mesothelioma lawyers earn their money only if they win you case. You are entitled to an experienced Arizona Mesothelioma lawyer that has a track record of success in Arizona asbestos lawsuits.
Experience - The Mesothelioma Help Center has been helping Arizona Mesothelioma victims and their families for more than 12 years.
- It has been well documented for many years that asbestos exposure can result in the development of deadly cancers, particularly Mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20 to 50 years after the first exposure to asbestos. It is estimated that there will be about 250,000 cases of Mesothelioma before 2020.
- There are currently about 3000 new cases of Mesothelioma diagnosed per year, mostly in men over the age of 40.
- About 4,000 People die each year from Mesothelioma. During the 20th century, some 30 million tons of asbestos were used in industrial sites, homes, schools, shipyards and commercial buildings in the U. S.
- More than 700,000 people have filed claims against more than 6,000 Asbestos companies.
- The number of Mesothelioma and asbestos related victims is projected to increase steadily over the next 10 years.
- According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) more than 10,000 Americans will die each year as a result of asbestos exposure.
- One out of every 125 American men who die over the age of 50 will die from an asbestos related cancer.
- Asbestos companies knew of the dangers of asbestos exposure in Arizona for many years before ever warning the public of those risks. It is thought that around eight million people in the United States have been exposed to asbestos over the past half a century, and many more asbestos related cancer cases are expected to be reported in the next 25 years.
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