Wyoming Mesothelioma Lawyers

Summary

Nestled in the heart of the western frontier, Wyoming is a state rich in history and rugged beauty. “Wyomingites” are historically hard workers, driving the state’s economy through mineral extraction, tourism and agriculture. While modern labor practices in these industries follow updated safety guidelines, those employed in certain state occupations in the past may be at a higher risk for exposure to asbestos.

Mesothelioma Cases in Wyoming

Asbestos exposure is linked to several job-related diseases, including a relatively rare cancer called mesothelioma. Mesothelioma can come in several forms such as pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma or testicular mesothelioma. While rare, the disease takes years to surface after exposure and can be deadly for those affected.

MJN Brief

Between 1999 and 2013, there were more than 500 asbestos-related deaths in Wyoming. Hundreds more are diagnosed each year. These alarming statistics are likely due to occupational exposure to asbestos in Wyoming refineries, power plants, mines and construction job sites.

Mesothelioma cases are recorded among those who were both directly and indirectly exposed to asbestos fibers. Many patients filing mesothelioma claims were once employees tasked with installing, spraying or removing asbestos-related materials in the 20th century.

According to the CDC, industries commonly associated with a high number of fatal mesothelioma cases include:

By occupation, those with the highest proportionate mortality ratios (PMRs)—or the number of disease-related deaths within a given population—include:

Asbestos Use in Wyoming

When asbestos use was at an all-time high, companies had convenient access to naturally occurring asbestos within the earth. Many reported cases of asbestos exposure are due to the oil-refining industry as well as the United States Navy’s drilling operations in Wyoming in the past.

MJN Brief

Chrysotile, or white asbestos, accounts for approximately 95% of the asbestos in the United States. In Wyoming, which plays host to much of the Rocky Mountains, white asbestos deposits were reported in several locations.

An early geological survey of Wyoming noted the following asbestos deposits from which naturally occurring asbestos could have been derived for use in labor materials:

  • Brown Bear
  • Badger Creek
  • Fire King
  • Casper Mountain
  • Smith Creek
  • Green Hill
  • Koch
  • Deer Creek Canyon

Due to its desirable engineering properties, asbestos was used in thousands of Wyoming construction sites throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Its low cost, strength and durability made it an ideal construction material.

Asbestos usage didn’t decrease until the late lo 1970s, after which most manufacturers stopped using it in their products.

A list published by the University of Wyoming includes common PACMs—or “presumed asbestos containing materials”:

  • Spray-on fireproofing and ceiling decorative acoustical textures
  • Pipe, tank and boiler insulation; air duct seam tape, vibration cloth and gaskets
  • Muffler insulation (breaching)
  • Cement pipes, flues, and exhaust ducts
  • Corrugated and flat cement siding
  • Roofing tar, felt, mastic and shingles
  • Plaster, sheetrock and joint compound (“mud‟)
  • Ceiling or wall tile and adhesives
  • Floor tile, sheet vinyl, linoleum, adhesives, cove base and tile adhesives
  • Lab countertops, equipment insulation and fume hood liners
  • Fire door cores
  • Wiring insulation
  • Fire blankets and theater curtains
  • Hot plates, thermal gloves and thermal surface insulators

Wyoming Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Fortunately, with the help of experienced mesothelioma attorneys, many families in Wyoming are finding the justice they deserve.

Wyoming adheres to federal safety guidelines established by regulatory agencies such as the United States EPA and OSHA. While modern labor materials are no longer fabricated with asbestos, there are still many older buildings left standing that pose an asbestos risk to the public.

The Wyoming Asbestos Program within the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality enforces Wyoming’s regulations for asbestos inspection and abatement.

When necessary, this governing body will:

  • Perform drive-by visits
  • Interpret asbestos regulations
  • Inform building owners and contractors on the latest regulatory requirements
  • Field questions regarding many indoor air quality issues

It’s important to note that asbestos regulations only apply to public properties and facilities.

Wyoming Statute of Limitations on Asbestos Claims

When considering filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, victims must take action within a specific timeframe—Wyoming’s statute of limitations for mesothelioma litigation is 4 years from diagnosis.

After 4 years, victims risk losing access to financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and other forms of entitlement.

In the case of a loved one who has passed away from mesothelioma or an asbestos-related illness, families must file within 2 years from the date of death to claim a wrongful death lawsuit.

Retaining a Wyoming Mesothelioma Lawyer

Mesothelioma litigation is a highly complex field. Unlike a more straightforward workers compensation claim, mesothelioma or any injury resulting from asbestos exposure may take years to reveal itself. Additionally, thousands of documents are often necessary to prove the injury or wrongdoing of just one affected person.

An experienced mesothelioma attorney knows how to move quickly and streamline the process—given the statute of limitations regulations—while ensuring the proper paperwork is completed.

If you developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure in Wyoming, contact our Justice Support Team today.

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Last modified: May 2, 2018