Washington Mesothelioma Lawsuits and Settlements

Any Washington 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 now be eligible to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.

An increasing number of Washingtonians are coming forward to seek mesothelioma compensation as a result of their work in Pacific Northwest military installations, aircraft assembly plants, shipyards, lumber and paper industries, oil and chemical outlets and construction trades.

Residents of Washington played a key role in the nation’s military defense through employment at huge facilities such as the Bremerton Naval Shipyard, the Fort Lewis Army Base and the Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane.

In addition, Boeing Aircraft played a huge role in the supply of military and commercial aircraft, filling the transportation needs of the nation’s military and civilian air operators while providing a huge boom to Washington’s economy.

However, many of these skilled and unskilled workers paid a huge price through their health because of exposure to asbestos, a toxic material that is the overwhelming cause of the deadly cancer malignant mesothelioma.

In addition, thousands and thousands of U.S. military veterans who have retired in Washington were at severe risk of exposure during their military service and most are now eligible to file such lawsuits.

 While Washington has enjoyed a population and economic boom over the last century the number of deadly mesothelioma cases also has steadily increased.

Washington mesothelioma lawsuits have come from all parts of the state: Compensation has been awarded residents of Washington and their loved ones from major urban centers such as Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Spokane.

The benefits of millions of dollars in mesothelioma compensation also has been paid out to residents of smaller fishing, agricultural and power-generating areas from Aberdeen on the Pacific Coastline to the college town of Pullman on the Idaho border.

Our experienced, aggressive lawyers are now investigating cases from Washington 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 Washington mesothelioma lawsuits and public financial filings from large companies and insurers show that billions more have been set aside for future payouts.

However, Washington 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.

Washington has a long history of mesothelioma:

This site is dedicated to informing and helping residents of Washington or any of their loved ones who may have been diagnosed with mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos.

The information here identifies this deadly form of cancer, its history, specific Washington sites and industries in which asbestos exposure has been documented and how to obtain legal help.

We're here to help provide Washingtonians 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 Washington while the state experienced tremendous economic and population growth in the 20th Century.

From the urban boom caused to a large degree by the aerospace industry in Seattle/Tacoma to the agricultural plateau of Eastern Washington workers were exposed to asbestos, the overwhelming cause of mesothelioma.

The Cascades and other Washington mountain ranges were once the source of asbestos because of the prevalence of serpentine rock.

The asbestos problem was so acute that the Environmental Protection Agency designated two Washington sites as “SuperFund” asbestos clean-up areas. Commencement Bay, Sumas Mountain and Swift Creek also have been identified as asbestos exposure sites.

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 Washington workers who toiled or came in regular contact with asbestos at asbestos-laden sites such as military bases, aircraft assembly plants, railroads, mines, shipyards, manufacturing plants and auto repair shops.

Blessed with abundant flowing rivers and rainfall, Washington’s hydroelectric industry along with nuclear power plants have been identified in mesothelioma lawsuits as exposure sites.

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

Particularly at risk are Washington 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 Washington’s residents live in the western part of the state health statistics show that mesothelioma has claimed victims from throughout the state.

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

  • Bremerton Naval Shipyard
  • Fort Lewis Army Base
  • Fairchild Air Force Base
  • Todd Shipyard
  • Alcoa Aluminum
  • Boeing Aircraft plants across the state
  • Boise Cascade
  • Crown Zellerbach
  • Olympia Brewery
  • University of Washington
  • Walla Walla State Penitentiary
  • Weyerhaeuser

These are but a few of the sites which have been identified as exposure sites in Washington mesothelioma lawsuits. A more complete listing is contained on this page.

It also has been common to find people who had been exposed to asbestos in their homes, schools and in public buildings. 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 Washington 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 Washington mesothelioma lawsuits were filed and huge settlements and jury awards returned that adequate warnings and protections were put in place.

Meanwhile, many residents of Washington 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.

These victims are coming forth in increasing number through Washington mesothelioma lawsuits to seek compensation for their pain and suffering, medical costs, loss of wages and other expenses caused by this serious disease.

What is Washington mesothelioma?

The mesothelioma suffered bythe people of Washington State 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 naval repair facility in Bremerton to a prison facility in Walla Walla.

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 Washingto 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 Washingtonians are diagnosed with mesothelioma it is usually terminal. That is why seeking an early medical diagnosis is critical.

If you are a Washington resident 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 Washington mesothelioma lawsuit?

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

Major occupations, businesses and Washington State locations involving possible mesothelioma include:

    • Logging and paper production centers, particularly mills in Tacoma, Walla Walla, Kennewick, Vancouver, Pasco. Longview, Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Everett
    • Aircraft assembly lines at any Boeing facility
    • Shipyards such as the Bremerton Naval Shipyard, the Duwanish Shipyard, the Lake Union Shipyard and the Lockheed Shipyard
    • Breweries such as the Olympia Brewery
    • Aluminum plants such as those in Spokane and Wenatchee
    • Oil refineries such as those in Anacortes and Cherry Point
    • Public buildings built before the 1980s, including schools and colleges all across the state, including Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Pullman
    • Remodelings or renovations of public and private structures  constructed before the 1980s
    • Auto mechanics, particularly those who worked on brake linings
    • Construction trades, such as carpenters, roofers, tile setters, plumbers, insulators, electricians all across Washington

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Washington State Mesothelioma Lawsuits and asbestos claims page updated on 8/14/2013