Oregon Mesothelioma Lawsuits and Settlements

Any Oregon resident who was once exposed to asbestos and is suffering from the deadly cancer malignant mesothelioma or has a loved one who died of this disease may be eligible to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.

An increasing number of Oregonians are coming forward to seek mesothelioma compensation as a result of their work in Pacific Northwest shipyards, lumber and logging industries, oil and chemical outlets and construction trades.

Thousands and thousands of U.S. military veterans who have retired in Oregon were at severe risk of exposure during their military service and most are now eligible to file such lawsuits. While Oregon has enjoyed a population boom over the last century the number of deadly mesothelioma cases also has steadily increased.

Oregon mesothelioma lawsuits have come from all parts of the state: Compensation has been awarded Oregonians from major urban centers such as Portland, Salem, Albany and Eugene; smaller agricultural and logging communities such as Klamath Falls, and from Coos Bay on the Pacific Ocean to small farms on the Idaho border.

Our experienced, aggressive lawyers are now investigating cases from Oregon families over mesothelioma claims and providing free consultations to evaluate what legal options may available for these victims. Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure that all of your legal rights are protected.

Millions of dollars have been paid out in jury awards and out-of-court settlements over Oregon mesothelioma lawsuits and public financial filings from large companies and insurers show that billions more have been set aside for future payouts.

However, Oregon laws may affect the time limits involved in certain cases and the earlier you contact us the more effectively we can begin pursuing compensation in mesothelioma cases in which eligibility is determined.

Free consultations are being offered to advise families about the legal options that may be available to them in seeking compensation for the loss of a loved one, funeral costs, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, nursing care, transportations costs and other expenses that may have been incurred as a result of this cancer.  

Oregon has a long history of mesothelioma:

This site is dedicated to informing and helping residents of Oregon or any of their loved ones who may have been diagnosed with mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos. You will find information about this deadly form of cancer, its history, specific Oregon sites and industries in which asbestos exposure has been documented and how to obtain legal help.

We're here to help provide Oregonians the latest data about the disease, treatment options, who was at risk and how to protect your rights in the event you choose to pursue the compensation that may be owed you and your loved ones.

Asbestos was a major component in many of the industrial materials used in Oregon while the state experienced tremendous economic and population growth in the 20th Century.

From the urban boom in Portland to the bustling lumber mills in Klamath Falls, Oregon workers were exposed to asbestos, the overwhelming cause of mesothelioma.

However, as the decades passed, it became obvious that there was a deadly price to pay for the widespread use of asbestos. We now know there may be no safe level of asbestos exposure in either the workplace or the home.

 Particularly at risk were Oregon workers who toiled or came in regular contact with asbestos at asbestos-laden sites such as railroads, mines, shipyards, manufacturing plants and auto repair shops.

A significant proportion of mesothelioma victims in Oregon come from U.S. military personnel who either retired in Oregon to enjoy the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or started new careers after their service.

Particularly at risk are Oregon residents who are U.S. Navy veterans and, according to national health statistics, were most at risk to developing mesothelioma because of the widespread use of asbestos in ships and shipyards.

While most of Oregon’s residents live in the northern part of the state health statistics show that mesothelioma has claimed victims from throughout the state.

The list of companies at which Oregon workers may have been exposed to toxic materials and put in danger of developing mesothelioma include some familiar names:

  • Boise Cascade
  • Crown Zellerbach
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing
  • Mountain States Power Company
  • Pendleton Mills
  • U.S. Plywood Corp.
  • Weyerhaeuser

A more complete listing is contained on another page on this website.

It also became common to find people who had been exposed to asbestos in their homes, schools and in public buildings. Now, it is estimated that up to 4,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with mesothelioma and that figure is made even more tragic by the fact that many of these cases might have been prevented had some manufacturers and employers not put profits ahead of worker safety.

Mesothelioma lawsuits filed on behalf of Oregon residents have shown that some defendants were well aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure and yet they did little to inform or protect workers who dealt with it on a daily basis.

In many such cases it was not until after Oregon lawsuits were filed and huge settlements and jury awards returned that adequate warnings and protections were put in place.

Meanwhile, many residents of Oregon and across the country are suffering from the debilitating and aggressive disease that becomes a cancer in the membranes that encase many of the body's major and vital organs.

What is Oregon mesothelioma?

The mesothelioma suffered by Oregonians is the same cancer affecting other victims of asbestos exposure. The disease is all the more sinister because it can take years to develop and as it does its symptoms mimic less serious illnesses and the victim is usually unaware of the deadly growth steadily spreading in vital organs.

 Persistent cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss are some of the common symptoms.

Generally, mesothelioma is contracted after asbestos fibers are inhaled and work their way through the body. The most common landing points are the lungs, stomach, intestines or heart. This exposure could occur anywhere from a Portland shipyard to a Klamath Falls lumber mill.

 These microscopic shards pierce the external sacs that surround these critical organs and eventually infect them. These delicate tissues develop cancerous tumors that frequently go undetected until it is too late.

There are methods of treatment for Oregon mesothelioma victims such as chemotherapy and radiation, surgery, drugs and even some experimental methods such as immunotherapy, which introduces so called healthy viruses into the system to attack the cancers.

However, the terrible reality is that by the time most Oregonians are diagnosed with mesothelioma it is usually terminal. That is why seeking an early medical diagnosis is critical.

Oregonians who have been diagnosed or have had a loved one diagnosed with this silent killer should also move as quickly as possible to obtain treatment and to also determine whether they are entitled to compensation for such terrible physical and emotional suffering.

Who is eligible to file an Oregon mesothelioma lawsuit?

If you are an Oregon resident or have a loved one who was an Oregon resident and has developed mesothelioma there may be eligibility to file an Oregon mesothelioma lawsuit.

The best way to determine eligibility is to immediately contact our experienced, aggressive team of mesothelioma lawyers for a free consultation about the merits of your case.

Our Oregon mesothelioma lawyers are well-versed in the intricacies of laws affecting asbestos exposure, mesothelioma and negligence and can provide an informed, accurate analysis of your case.

All cases are different, of course, and there may be time limits involved in preserving your legal rights so contacting us as soon as possible is very important.

The history of Oregon mesothelioma cases show that most cases come from specific occupations and locations. We are listing some of them below. That does not exclude any other Oregon resident from seeking to file their mesothelioma lawsuit. Please contact us as soon as possible in order to provide us a head start on evaluating your possible Oregon mesothelioma lawsuit.

Major occupations, businesses and locations involving possible mesothelioma include:

    • Logging centers, particularly southern Oregon such as the Coos Bay Timber Company
    • Paper and pulp mills such as the U.S. Plywood Corp. in Roseburg
    • Shipyards such as the Tongue Point Naval Shipyard in Astoria
    • Power plants, particularly in urban areas such as Portland
    • Utility plants such as the Sunrise Utility Company in Bend
    • Public buildings built before the 1980s, including schools and colleges all across the state, including Portland, Eugene and Corvallis.
    • Chemical plants such as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing plant in Medford
    • Remodelings or renovations of public and private structures  constructed before the 1980s
    • Construction trades, such as carpenters, roofers, tile setters, plumbers, insulators, electricians all across Oregon

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Oregon Mesothelioma Lawsuits and asbestos claims page updated on 7/26/2013