Mesothelioma is an especially aggressive and deadly form of cancer that attacks the lining surrounding vital organs, like the heart, lungs, and stomach. Unfortunately, it can take decades to develop—between 20 and 50 years—and by the time it is diagnosed, it may be too late to treat. Even more tragic, this disease is often caused by asbestos exposure in the workplace. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have a claim for compensation against your employer or other negligent parties—even if the exposure happened many years ago. Our experienced mesothelioma attorneys are here to explain your legal options and to fight for the justice you deserve.
Jobsites in Utah With Known Asbestos Risks to Workers
There are seven naturally occurring deposits of asbestos in Utah. In addition, there were a number of industries that used asbestos in its equipment or operations before its use was regulated by law in the 1980’s. Some of these job sites include:
Mining is one of the top industries that exposed workers throughout the country to asbestos. In Utah, Millard County’s Tremolite No. 1 was the only mine producing asbestos. However, other mines also put workers at risk due to natural deposits of this deadly substance and its use in mining operations. Miners, smelters, and other workers were likely exposed at Bingham Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company, Kennecott Utah Copper, the Empire Mining Company, Little Bell Consolidated Mining Company, Highland Boy Mine, the Pack Rat Tremolite Prospect, and King David Mine.
Because of its stable properties, asbestos-fiber filters and other products were widely used at chemical plants. DuPont Chemical, Stauffer Chemical, Chevron Chemical, and National Lead & Chemical are employers who exposed their employees to this toxic substance.
Asbestos was also widely used at power plants, and there are over 20 power plants in Utah where people could have inhaled asbestos fibers. Some of them include Big Sandwash Reservoir Hydro, Heber Light and Power Company, Bloomington Power Plant, Desert Power LP, and Hunter Power Plant.
Asbestos was commonly used in the oil industry to stop and prevent fires caused by highly-flammable petroleum. If you worked at the Standard Oil Refinery, American Oil Company, Amoco, Chevron, or the Utah Oil Refining Company, this may have been the cause of your mesothelioma.
Vermiculite Intermountain and Intermountain Products in Salt Lake City processed vermiculite for over 40 years and exposed its workers to asbestos during its operations.
How Families of Workers May Have Developed Mesothelioma
Unfortunately, people who worked around asbestos were not the only ones exposed to harmful levels of it. Unknowingly, workers brought home asbestos fibers on their clothes and skin, which became airborne in their homes. Spouses and children inhaled or swallowed these fibers, which caused them to later become ill with mesothelioma. These family members may also have a right to compensation from their loved one’s employer.
Where to Seek Treatment and Support in Utah for Mesothelioma
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you must seek immediate medical treatment because of the aggressive nature of your cancer. Fortunately, you can receive quality mesothelioma care in Utah. Two cancer centers that could be of assistance include:
- Huntsman Cancer Institute. Located in Salt Lake City, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah specializes in treating mesothelioma and other cancers of the lungs through its thoracic oncology program.
- Jordan Valley Cancer Center. Jordan Valley Cancer Center is located in West Jordan, Utah. It is the only cancer center in Utah to offer hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), which is an innovative cancer treatment used to treat mesothelioma and other aggressive cancers.
Utah residents can also seek treatment from doctors who specialize in this form of cancer. If you suffer with mesothelioma, you may want to consider these oncologists at the Huntsman Cancer Institute:
- Dr. Anna Chalmers
- Dr. Shivan Patel
You may also find it helpful to join a support group to share with other mesothelioma and other cancer patients who know what you are experiencing. You may be able to find a support group through the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Cancer Wellness House, which is also located in Salt Lake City.
Statute of Limitations to File Your Lawsuit: A Deadline You Do Not Want to Miss
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it was most likely caused through the negligence of an employer or other party. You may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, expensive medical treatments, and your pain and suffering. If a loved one died from mesothelioma, you may be able to bring a wrongful death action to obtain compensation for his funeral expenses, medical bills, and the loss of his support and companionship. However, you must comply with Utah’s statute of limitations, which is the deadline you have to file your lawsuit. In Utah, you must file your complaint within these time periods:
- Three years from the date of your diagnosis
- Two years from the death of a loved one
If you recently received your diagnosis, you may believe that you have plenty of time to retain an experienced mesothelioma attorney. However, you do not want to wait to hire a lawyer. He can build a stronger case for you and help you avoid inadvertent mistakes that may hurt your claim if you contact him right away.
Let Our Utah Mesothelioma Attorneys Fight for Your Right to Compensation
Pursuing your claim for compensation for your mesothelioma can be complicated and time-consuming. Because of how long it takes for this illness to develop, proving your employer’s negligence can be challenging. You need the assistance of a skilled mesothelioma attorney who knows what evidence you will need and will aggressively litigate your case so that you receive what you deserve.
The legal team at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault is here to take over the burden of pursuing your rights to compensation for your disease so that you can focus on your medical treatments and fighting your cancer. We understand how devastating this diagnosis is to you and your family and we are here to make the process of filing your claim go as smoothly as possible for you.
We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis so that you do not owe any attorney fees up front. You will not owe us anything until we settle your case or win it at trial and then you will pay us a percentage of the amount you receive in settlement. Learn more about our experience handling mesothelioma cases and your legal options by scheduling your free initial consultation. If we believe we can help, we will come to you in Utah to discuss your case. Contact us online or call our office directly at 318.541.8188.