Oregon Mesothelioma Lawyer
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) more than 10,000 Americans will die each year as a result of asbestos exposure.
Oregon is a state with a long history of industrial growth. Asbestos was once widely used throughout Oregon in many different industries because of its heat and fire resistant properties. Oregon has many sites state wide that has at one point reported asbestos exposure. Asbestos was commercially produced at three Oregon locations, . Many people have spent years working alongside asbestos fibers and asbestos related products, often without their knowledge or any form of protective equipment.
Oregon residents living close to naturally occurring asbestos sites and construction zones have also been unknowingly exposed to asbestos. The highest rates of asbestos exposure in the state of Oregon occurred between the years 1920-1980, but cases of new exposures are still being reported. The highest amounts of asbestos were found in the industrial sites where fire retardants were needed. Asbestos was commercially produced at three locations in Oregon, including the Mount Vernon deposit in Grant County, the Raspberry Creek deposit in Jackson County, and the L.E.J. Asbestos mine in Josephine County.
Asbestos was used extensively in: shipyards, oil refineries, construction sites, commercial buildings, factories, residential buildings, manufacturing plants, steel mills, power plants, iron mills, industrial plants, academic buildings, schools, libraries, museums, retirement homes, banks, and in many historic buildings.
Oregon Workers and Asbestos Exposure
Oregon workers from many professions have been placed at risk of asbestos exposure. Exposure could have taken place at any time, from the initial construction of a building, to any renovation or during a demolition. The most common professions to suffer asbestos exposure include: insulators, plumbers, pipe fitters, shipyard workers, electricians, auto mechanics, oil refinery workers, sheet metal workers, miners, military personnel, veterans, and construction workers.
Oregon workers brought home asbestos fibers on their clothes and in their hair, subsequently exposing their friends and family members to dangerous levels of asbestos. Many Oregon industries relied on products that contained asbestos. Those employed were exposed to asbestos located in job sites and in equipment. Common pieces of equipment used containing asbestos particles were: ship building equipment, engines, pipe fitting systems, electrical insulation, flooring, ceiling tiles, boilers, pipes, heating systems, furnaces, vents, paints, cement, roofing materials, brakes, drywall and any other heat or fire resistant clothing.
Oregon is also home to numerous naturally occurring asbestos sites. Naturally occurring asbestos can be found in the east-central and southwestern regions of the state, in the ultramafic rocks and rock deposits. In the past, Oregon was also the site of asbestos mining operations in the central and western parts of the state.
Exposure to asbestos in Oregon has been proven to cause a variety of fatal health conditions including Mesothelioma and Asbestosis. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure; it is found in the tissues that surround the lungs, heart and abdomen.
Oregon currently ranks 15th in the U.S. for Malignant Mesothelioma Deaths. Because of the delayed onset of symptoms, many Oregon residents and workers are currently at risk. Oregon residents exposed to asbestos as far back as the 1940s are still developing asbestos related illnesses today. Mesothelioma Symptoms can take upward to 40 years to manifest making a diagnosis difficult.
Oregon Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Claims
Oregon has a high level of asbestos related deaths due to the waterfront industries being rooted in the Pacific Northwest for many years. There have been over 3000 documented asbestos related deaths in the last 15 years alone. Mesothelioma is an incurable disease with a brief life expectancy following a diagnosis.
Symptoms include: cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, fever, anemia, bowel obstruction, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, weight loss, finger clubbing and swelling of the face or neck.
Currently there are two types of Mesothelioma Claims:
- Mesothelioma Personal Injury Claims: where a claim is filed by a person diagnosed with Mesothelioma
- Mesothelioma Wrongful Death: in which a claim is filed by family members of a person who has passed away from Mesothelioma
Victims of asbestos and those diagnosed with Mesothelioma are entitled to compensation in the form of:
- Reimbursement for Loss of Wages
- Medical Expenses
- Funeral cost
- Pain and Suffering
- Physical Impairment
- Medical Expenses
- Economic Damages
- Emotional Distress
- End-of-Life Expenses
- Future Medical Bills
- Loss of Income
- Loss of Parental Care
- Loss of Spouse
- Product Liability
- Punitive Damages
- Monetary Compensation
Any other expenses not covered by a patient’s insurance coverage.
While no amount of compensation can be made for damages caused by asbestos and related diseases, monetary compensation can help with any economic hardship brought on by this terrible ordeal. Monetary compensation can also assist with end of life expenses and make a difference in the lives of family members who are left behind by victims of an irresponsible industry. Asbestos Manufacturers have placed the lives of millions of Americans at risk for the sake of profits. The dangers of asbestos were even withheld from workers despite numerous medical journals at the time placing asbestos at the epicenter of many health risks.
As the number of diagnosed cases of Mesothelioma increased, so did the number of lawsuits in the state of Oregon. Oregon is currently ranked 15th among the fifty United States for asbestos related deaths. The statute of limitations is 2 years from the occurrence of a wrongful death or a diagnosis of Mesothelioma. Oregon law entitles victims of asbestos exposure to receive compensation for damages related to any asbestos related injury.
In order to receive the appropriate compensation, a law firm will need to know: what type of mesothelioma one has been diagnosed with, if the disease can be treated, the dates of exposure, and where the exposure took place. Also any information regarding the types of products used that led to exposure and which companies could be held liable. This information can be attained through the combined efforts of a victim in need of compensation and the law firm that will represent them.
Those responsible for damages are asbestos manufacturers, landlords and any companies that were involved in the shipment of asbestos. There is also a greater liability for companies that willfully employed personnel at worksites that were known to have levels of asbestos, but failed to warn their employees or take appropriate action to minimize health risks.
Oregon Exposure Cities:
- Klamath Falls
- Saint Helens
Common Jobsite Exposure Sites and Company Names:
- Crown Zellerbach Industries and Affiliates
- Georgia Pacific Corporation
- Mountain States Power Company
- Oregon County Jail Systems
- Oregon City Halls
- Oregon State University
- Oregon State College
- Pacific University
- Publishers Paper Company
- Lumber Industrial Sites and Buildings
- U S Plywood Corporation
- Weyerhaeuser paper Company
- Willamette National Lumber Company
- Willamette Valley Lumber Company
Here is a list of successful cases that ruled in favor of those injured in the state of Oregon:
- $2,741,236 million awarded for multiple defendants in the case of a man diagnosed with mesothelioma aged 74, from Lake Oswego, OR.
- $2,710,907 million verdict for a man diagnosed with mesothelioma from Rainier, OR, aged 49.
- $2,533,978 million awarded to a 60 year old man from Redmond, OR with a mesothelioma diagnosis.
- $659,000 verdict in Nagl v. Dowman Products Inc.
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