At mesothelioma treatment centers, we work with the top mesothelioma lawyers in the nation to represent victims of asbestos exposure throughout the state of Idaho. We have a proven history of success in asbestos cancer claims, specifically those involving mesothelioma, a rare and fatal form of cancer.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos cancer, we may be able to help you collect a significant amount of compensation from the companies responsible. Call (800) 352-0871 to find out if we can help you.
History of Asbestos in Idaho
Idaho is a rural state, meaning it is known mostly for its agricultural and technological industries. Although the state is not known for industry, it does contain some naturally-occurring asbestos deposits, including the former Kamiah deposit, which was the state’s only producing mine. Other non-producing mines can be found in Clearwater County and Adams County.
In addition to the naturally occurring asbestos in the state, Idaho business did bring some industrial asbestos into the state. For example, factories such as the Pacific Lumber Company, Micron Technology and Cascade Corporation were known for using asbestos products.
Other Idaho businesses responsible for exposing workers to the effects of asbestos include:
- Construction companies that used asbestos insulation and other building materials
- Painting companies that used asbestos in the paint
- Factories and companies that used asbestos in the machinery
- Auto shops that repaired asbestos-laden brakes, gaskets and other parts
Occupational and Environmental Asbestos Risks in Idaho
The US Geological Survey has identified several sites in this state where there are naturally occurring deposits of asbestos. The majority of these deposits are in the panhandle region. Idaho is also the location of the Orofino Creek asbestos deposit, and also the the Teakean deposit.
There also are deposits of talc, magnesite and iron oxide. When those areas were mined, it is possible that asbestos fibers may have been released into the air. Further, asbestos in a natural state can release fibers into the air as the rock is weathered over time.
Many miners in this state may have been exposed over the years, and other jobs in the state could have placed many workers at risk for asbestos exposure. With such a strong science industry in ID, as well as many chemical plants and technology factories, other companies may have exposed workers to asbestos fibers. These companies include Monsanto Chemical Plant and Idaho Chemical.
Power plants in the state, such as the hydro power plant at Pocatello could have contained asbestos containing ore as well.
Idaho Jobsites With Known Asbestos Exposure Problems
Monsanto has been named in several lawsuits, totalling more than 550 since 2003, with many of these involving asbestos and other dangerous substances. The sites in parts of Utah, including Soda Springs and Filer were not named in those suits specifically, but workers at those sites could theoretically been exposed over time.
Also, the Western Equipment Company is another site in the state where exposure to asbestos has been a problem. A former forklift mechanic and equipment salesperson also filed an asbestos lawsuit here in 2011.
Other victims of asbestos exposure in Idaho have turned to the justice system to obtain compensation for injuries allegedly caused by asbestos. In March 2007, an Idaho jury awarded $35 million to John Davis and his wife after it found that the negligence of two employers led to the man’s mesothelioma. He worked from 1951 until 1955 in the US Navy and he also suffered asbestos exposure at Shell Oil Company from 1956 until 1963.
Two of the defendants in the case sold valves and pump components to the companies that employed Davis. Those companies were Leslie Controls and Warren Pumps LLC.
In the end, the state of California ended up reducing the size of the award, but the Davis’ still walked away with several million dollars of damages.
Mesothelioma Lawyer Idaho
A qualified mesothelioma lawyer can help you and your family seek and recover the compensation you need to move forward with your lives after suffering from the harsh effects of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.
Because our lawyers only focus on asbestos claims, we understand the full effects of mesothelioma and other similar illnesses and, as a result, we fight aggressively on behalf of our clients and their families. We tirelessly investigate claims to determine all potentially-responsible parties and do everything we can to ensure a full financial recovery.
To learn more about your legal options and right to financial compensation, please contact mesothelioma treatment centers today. All evaluations are free and we will not charge unless we recover a settlement or award on your behalf. So, you have nothing to lose — call (800) 352-0871 for more information today.