Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyers

Summary

Arizona was one of America’s oldest and largest asbestos-producing states. Asbestos mining in Arizona dated to 1872 when the first materials were dug from the ground at a town suitably called Chrysotile. Since then, approximately 75,000 tons of various asbestos minerals were extracted until the last Arizona asbestos mine closed in January of 1982.

Asbestos Use in Arizona

During that 110-year run, hundreds of thousands of Americans suffered long-term asbestos exposure. Many were Arizona residents who mined and manufactured asbestos-containing materials (ACM). Asbestos-contaminated people included the United States military veterans serving at bases in Arizona built with ACM. And then there was the huge segment of civilians who labored in asbestos-filled power plants, factories, and structures they assembled using products loaded with ACM.

The Center for Disease Control CDC) reports that Arizona is the 16th highest state for mesothelioma cases.

Part of that’s due to Arizona being a retirement preference. Many retirees and military veterans chose to relocate to sunny and warm Arizona. A good portion had asbestos exposure in other states, but developed mesothelioma symptoms in Arizona after 10 to 50-year latency periods after their last exposure.

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CDC figures indicate that over 800 Arizona residents died from mesothelioma between 1999 and 2015.

Asbestos from Arizona was high-quality and in high demand from the 1920s to the early 1980s. That was before federal government regulators set strict standards for asbestos use and exposure. Those bodies included the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). They recognized certain occupations and products presented extreme health risks.

Asbestos Exposure in Arizona

Asbestos from Arizona mines was shipped across America and around the world. Arizona had some of the highest-quality asbestos ore available anywhere. It was in high-demand for manufacturing approximately 3,000 different products used by hundreds of thousands of workers in almost every American industry. Surprisingly, one of Arizona’s biggest asbestos consumer was the copper mining and smelting industry.

Processing copper ore into finished products required immense amounts of heat.

ACM had natural heat and fire resistance properties as well as being an excellent electrical insulation and rust-inhibitor. Asbestos-lined furnaces and boilers in copper plants. As well, asbestos contributed to almost every copper mine building product.

Other Arizona occupations experience asbestos exposures were:

These asbestos-exposed workers had a high risk for inhaling and ingesting airborne asbestos fibers that caused diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Asbestos exposure was a way of life for workers in high-risk occupations.

Daily, they used ACM products such as:

Arizona Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Arizona State primarily refers to the EPA and OSHA standards for regulating asbestos. However, Arizona took the asbestos problem further through three state regulatory bodies.

They include:

  • The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH)
  • The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)
  • The Arizona Asbestos NESHAP Program Regulatory Agency (AA-NESHAP-PPA)

These state authorities govern localized asbestos control, abatement, and disposal programs. Part of their mandate is administering federal Super Fund programs to clean up asbestos-polluted sites. Arizona also has specific civil laws and case precedents dictating how civil litigation is applied.

Arizona has a two-year statute of limitations concerning asbestos compensation claims. Anyone filing a mesothelioma or other asbestos-related disease civil claim has a limitation of two years to initiate action. This limitation period starts from the time a mesothelioma patient was conclusively diagnosed with their ailment. It does not date back to the actual exposure incidents nor the time diseases symptoms first presented.

Retaining a Mesothelioma Lawyer in Arizona

Mesothelioma litigation is complicated in every state, not just in Arizona. Mesothelioma patients should always retain an experienced law firm with attorneys who specialized in mesothelioma to represent them. Mesothelioma lawyers have the knowledge and resources to negotiate the highest claim settlements possible. They also access funds from trust accounts and worker compensation insurance.

The Mesothelioma Justice Network specializes in advocating for asbestos victims and their legal rights. We’re connected with accredited legal firms that can help you file claims in every American state court including Arizona. For more information on mesothelioma legal options, call us today at (888) 360-4215.

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Last modified: February 1, 2018