Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Before its relation to cancer became known in the early 1980s, asbestos was widely used in many industries, equipment, and commercial and residential products. Unfortunately, it can take decades after exposure to asbestos for the symptoms of the disease to emerge. By the time of a diagnosis, the cancer has often progressed to a more serious stage where there are fewer treatment options.
In Idaho, there is not as high a risk of asbestos exposure as in some states, but the danger shouldn't be taken lightly. Between 1999 and 2015, 212 residents of Idaho died from mesothelioma. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with this disease in the Gem State, our experienced mesothelioma attorneys are here to fight for the compensation you deserve from the employer or other negligent party.
Common Types of Mesothelioma
When tiny asbestos fibers become airborne, they can be swallowed or inhaled. These fibers are then trapped in the mesothelial cells, which are specialized cells that line many vital organs in the body.
There are three main types of mesothelioma:
This is the most common type of mesothelioma caused by inhaling asbestos. It affects the lining around the lungs and chest.
Considered the second most common form of mesothelioma, it's found in the lining surrounding the abdomen and is caused by swallowing asbestos fibers.
This is a much rarer form of mesothelioma that attacks the lining around the heart.
Industries That Put Idaho Workers and Their Families in Danger
Workers in a number of industries in Idaho were exposed to harmful levels of asbestos before its cancer-causing properties were revealed. Hazardous industries include:
Agriculture is a big industry in Idaho, and asbestos was widely used in parts of agricultural machines, food transportation vehicles, and food processing plants. In addition, it was combined with agricultural fillers for construction materials and other products, which endangered workers. Amalgamated Sugar Company, Carnation Milk Products Company, and Utah-Idaho Sugar Company are a few of the jobsites where asbestos was heavily utilized.
Thermal power plants and nuclear power plants used large amounts of asbestos due to its heat- and fire-resistant properties. Some workplaces where employees were exposed to this toxic substance include A.E.C. Atomic Plant in Idaho Falls; U.S. Atomic Energy Corporation in Arco; and the Westinghouse Idaho Nuclear Company in Scoville.
Bunker Hill Smelter, Gate City Steel, and Western Steel are employers known to have caused steelworkers to be exposed to asbestos.
Lumber And Paper
Because of the forests in Idaho, lumber and paper industries are plentiful. Boise Cascade Paper Mill, Potlach Corporation, and Pulp Mill Warehouse are sites where workers were at risk.
There are a number of jobsites throughout the state where employees suffered asbestos exposure, such as:
- ARRCOM (Drexler Enterprises)—a waste oil recycling plant that was on the EPA’s Superfund List
- Clover Club Foods
- Fluor Corporation
- Intermountain Gas Company
- Northwest Roads Company
- Monsanto Co.
- Plateau Supply Company
- Southern Industry Piping
- Union Pacific Railroad Company
- Western Equipment Company
- Westvaco Mineral Production
Unfortunately, workers exposed to asbestos also inadvertently brought this toxic substance home on their clothes and skin. When the fibers became airborne in their houses, members of their families sometimes inhaled or ingested the fibers and are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Everyone at risk may have a claim for compensation against the employers who caused their illnesses.
Treatment Centers for Mesothelioma in Idaho
While there isn't a cancer center that specializes in the treatment of mesothelioma in Idaho, there are a number of doctors who treat this disease.
Some you may want to consider include:
- Dr. Timothy Sawyer at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise
- Dr. Matthew Schoolfield at St. Luke’s Clinic—Cardiothoracic and Vascular Associates in Boise
- Dr. Edward Setser at East Falls Primary Care and Specialty Clinic in Idaho Falls
Because mesothelioma is a rarer form of cancer, you may decide to seek treatment at a cancer center outside of Idaho. While this can increase the cost of your already expensive medical treatments, you deserve the best care possible as you battle this deadly disease. In addition, you may be able to recover your travel expenses as part of your financial recovery.
Here are some cancer centers that specialize in treating mesothelioma:
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA
- MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX
- Ochsner Cancer Center in New Orleans, LA
- UCLA Johnson Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles, CA
Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can be devastating, so consider joining a support group to help you cope with your illness. Your treatment facility may have options, or you can participate in an online support group for mesothelioma patients. People in these groups know firsthand what you're going through, and may have information on new clinical trials of drugs to treat this disease.
Contact the Mesothelioma Foundation and the Mesothelioma Guide Facebook page to join these online groups.
Let Us Help You Pursue a Claim for Compensation
You only have a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit against your former employer or other negligent party who caused your exposure to asbestos. This is known as the statute of limitations. In Idaho, you have two years from the date of your diagnosis, or two years from the date of death of a loved one to file your mesothelioma lawsuit.
You don't want to miss this important deadline because the judge may refuse to hear your case. However, don’t wait until the deadline. You'll strengthen your claim by retaining a lawyer soon after the diagnosis.
The experienced mesothelioma attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault are ready to investigate your claim and to fight hard for the justice and compensation you deserve. You won't owe us any fees up front, because we handle these cases on a contingency fee basis and only collect if we settle your claim or win your case at trial.
Schedule your free consultation today by calling our office directly at 318.541.8188 or contacting us online.