Many workers in Nevada and throughout the country worked in industries where they were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis until the early 1980s when this toxic substance was finally regulated. Unfortunately, one of the most serious risks of asbestos exposure is the development of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the linings surrounding major organs, such as the lungs, abdomen, and heart.
If you have been diagnosed with this life-threatening cancer, it may have been caused by a job that you had decades ago in Nevada. The experienced mesothelioma attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault are here to explain your legal options and to fight for the compensation you deserve from the negligent employer or other party that caused you to develop this disease.
What Industries Exposed Workers to Asbestos in Nevada?
Unlike other states, Nevada never mined asbestos or significantly endangered workers at other mining operations. However, asbestos was shipped into Nevada and widely used in many industries. When asbestos fibers became airborne, workers could swallow or inhale the tiny fibers that would become trapped in the linings around their heart, lungs, or stomach. Over the course of 20 to 50 years, asbestos fibers caused cancer cells to grow in these individuals’ bodies. Unfortunately, the symptoms of mesothelioma can take decades to develop, and many people are not diagnosed with this cancer until later stages of the disease.
Because of the high population in the Las Vegas area, Clark County has the highest number of cases of mesothelioma in the state. Some of the industries that are linked to asbestos exposure include:
Construction is a major industry in Nevada, especially in the Las Vegas area where many buildings have been rebuilt multiple times. Numerous historic casinos, hotels, homes, and businesses were built with materials containing asbestos. As a result, construction workers were exposed to airborne fibers of asbestos on a regular basis when they worked with certain materials, such as shingles, fiberboard, and tiles. A few of the attractions in Nevada known to contain products containing asbestos include the Hilton Hotel, the MGM Grand Hotel, the Stardust Hotel Casino, and Caesars Palace.
Asbestos was also used in components of trains, including the brakes, gaskets, and insulation around the engines. Because Las Vegas is such a tourist attraction, trains have been a popular means of transportation. The San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company, and Union Pacific Railroad Company are all employers who put people who worked for them in danger of asbestos exposure.
Because of its heat-resistant properties and abilities to stop fires, asbestos was used in power plants across Nevada. Many individuals working in plants, such as Desert Peak Power Plant, the Nevada Power Company, and the Harry Allen Power Station, were endangered.
Sadly, civilian workers and those in the armed forces were exposed to asbestos at military bases. Area 51, a secret military installation at the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nellis Air Force Base, and Stead Air Force Base are a few of the military bases in Nevada that may have exposed people to asbestos.
Casinos in Las Vegas and other areas are also known to have exposed employees to asbestos during remodeling. Bally’s Casino, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas Sands, and Binion’s Horseshoe are just some of the casinos where exposure occurred.
Others at Risk of Asbestos Exposure in Nevada
People who worked in industries where asbestos was used are not the only ones at risk of developing mesothelioma. Family members of these individuals were also in contact with harmful levels of this toxic substance when workers brought it home on their clothes and the asbestos fibers became airborne. In addition, tourists and other visitors in Nevada were endangered when they visited casinos or other historic buildings and businesses being constructed or renovated using products containing asbestos.
Where to Seek Treatment for Mesothelioma in Nevada
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is critical to obtain treatment immediately to fight the disease and improve your life expectancy. Fortunately, you can obtain quality care in our state. The Southern Nevada Cancer Research Foundation is located in Las Vegas and is a Community Clinical Oncology Program designated by the National Cancer Institute. It is staffed by approximately 50 oncologists throughout the state. Doctors at the Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada in Las Vegas who specialize in treating mesothelioma patients include Dr. Fadi Braiteh and Dr. Nicholas Vogelzang.
Learning that you have mesothelioma can be devastating. You may also benefit from counseling and support to assist you in coping with your illness and in knowing that you are not alone in dealing with this disease. You may be able to find a support group or counseling through these agencies:
- The Caring Place in Las Vegas
- Carson Tahoe in Carson City
- Oasis Counseling in Henderson
Nevada’s Statute of Limitations for Filing a Lawsuit for Compensation
Besides ensuring that you receive quality medical care for your cancer, you also may also need to pursue a claim for compensation from the employer or other negligent party that caused your mesothelioma. When considering your legal rights and filing a civil lawsuit, it is important to understand the deadline you have to do this. This time period to sue the negligent party is known as the statute of limitations. In Nevada, 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. If you fail to meet this critical deadline, you could lose your right to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our Nevada Mesothelioma Attorneys Are Here to Help
It is essential to retain an experienced mesothelioma attorney to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. These cases can be complex due to the lengthy period of time it takes for this disease to develop, making it harder to prove who caused your injuries. In addition, the negligent party and their insurance company could fight longer and harder to deny your claim because of the value of your claim.
The skilled legal team at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault is here to assist you in obtaining the justice and compensation you need and deserve. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we only collect our fees when we settle or win your case at trial. In addition, our fees are based on a percentage of your settlement so that you do not owe any upfront costs to receive the legal assistance you need. To find out more about your legal options and how we will aggressively fight for your rights, call our office at 318.541.8188 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.