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Exposed to Asbestos in Alaska?

The State of Alaska was home to several industries that placed people at risk of asbestos exposure, including power generating plants, petroleum product plants, seafood processing, and marine repair facilities.

How and Where Were You Exposed to Asbestos in Alaska?

In Alaska, people working at petroleum plants, power generating plants, seafood processing, and marine repair facilities built before 1980 may have been exposed to asbestos. For example, asbestos may have been used on pipes or as the lining of boilers and furnaces.

Adak

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Adak

• United States Naval Air Facilities

Anchorage

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Anchorage

206 asbestos-related deaths (1999-2013)

• Alaska Pump & Supply, Inc.
• Alaskan Pipeline
• Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
• Amoco Production Company
• Anchorage International Airport
• Anchorage Sewer Utility Board
• Anchorage Terminal - Phase I
• Aquatrain Team Track Siding
• Aurora Power
• Beluga Power Station
• Bernice Lake Plant
• Bernice Lake Power Station
• C.R. Lewis
• Campbell Creek Pump Station
• Chester Creek Pump Station
• Chevron Asphalt Company
• Chugach Power Plant
• Dock - Fire Lane
• Elmendorf Air Force Base
• Elmondorf Air Force Base - Powerhouse
• Fort Richardson
• Fort Richardson - Steam Distribution System Fy-73
• G A A B Sewage Plant
• Industrial Air Products
• Industrial Air Products - Lox Facility
• Knik Arm Power Plant
• Liquid Air Incorporated
• Northern Roofing & Siding
• Pan American Oil
• R L Lawler Inc
• Ryan & Haworth - Steam & Condensation Lines
• Standard Oil
• Standard Oil - Asphalt Plant
• Standard Oil - Sodium Pipe Line
• Union Oil - Asphalt Plant - Ocean Dock Road
• Union Oil Company
• Union Oil Company - Asphalt Facility
• Union Oil Company - Bulk Plant
• Union Oil Company - Casting
• Union Oil Company - Hot Lines
• US Air Force, Elmendorf AFB
• US Army, Fort Richardson
• Well House #10
• Westinghouse - Gas Turbine
• Westinghouse Plant

Berners Bay

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Berners Bay

• Jualin Mines Company

Bethel

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bethel

• Northern Consolidated Hangar

Clear

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Clear

• Mallow Construction Company

Fairbanks

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Fairbanks

40 asbestos-related deaths (1999-2013)

• Aurora Energy
• City of Fairbanks Power Plant
• College Station
• Eielson Air Force Base
• Fairbanks Exploration Company
• Fairbanks Municipal Power
• Fairbanks Public Utilities
• Fort Wainwright - Manholes
• Golden Valley Electric Power Plant
• Ladd Air Force Base
• Municipal Ulitities System
• Sea Land - Fairbanks Alaska
• U.S. Smelting & Refining & Mining Company
• US Air Force, Eielson AFB
• US Air Force, Ladd AFB
• War Department. Cold Weather Exp Air Base

Fort Greeley

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Fort Greeley

• Alaska Insulation

Galena

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Galena

• Galena Radar Base

Hope

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hope

• Hope Brick Works

Iditarod

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Iditarod

• Yukon Gold Company

Juneau

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Juneau

14 asbestos-related deaths (1999-2013)

• Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company
• Jualin Mines Company

Kenai

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Kenai

52 asbestos-related deaths (1999-2013)

• Collier Carbon & Chemical Company
• Locher Company
• Phillips Petroleum Company
• Shell Oil
• Shell Oil - On Shore Facility
• Shell Oil - Platform A
• Standard Oil
• Tesoro Alaska Company
• Union Carbide
• Union Collier
• Union Oil Company - Mono Pod
• Unocal Chemicals Division

Ketchikan

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Ketchikan

• Ac & S Inc
• Ketchikan Pulp
• Ketchikan Pulp and Paper Corp
• Ketchikan Pulp Company
• Ketchikan Pulp Mill
• Ketchikan Spruce Mills

Kodiak

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Kodiak

1 to 2 asbestos deaths (1979- 2001)

• Kodiak Naval Station
• Siems Drake Puget Sound
• United States Submarine Base
• US Naval Air Base

Nikiski

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Nikiski

• Bernice Lake Powerhouse
• Standard Oil
• Union Oil Company

Nome

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Nome

• Nome Mining Company
• R L Lawler Inc

North Pole

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
North Pole

• Williams Alaska Petroleum

Palmer

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Palmer

2 asbestos deaths (1979-2001)

• Matanuska Electric Association

Prudhoe Bay

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Prudhoe Bay

• Arco Chemical Company
• British Petroleum, Flow Station

Seward

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Seward

• Seward Marine industrial Center
• Seward Ship's Drydock

Sitka

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Sitka

1 Asbestos related death (1979-2001)

• Alaska Lumber & Pulp Company
• Bureau of Indian Affairs
• United States Naval Air Base

Skagway

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Skagway

• Home Power Company
• Northwest Light and Power Company

Suntrana

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Suntrana

• Healy River Coal Corp

Valdez

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Valdez

• Alaska Pipeline Service Company
• Central Heating Plant
• Petro Star Company
• Standard Oil
• United States Army Corps of Engineers

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Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in Alaska

If you have developed mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases and suspect you have suffered a chronic exposure to asbestos at your worksite, you can file an asbestos claim.

To submit the request successfully, you need to be aware of the time limitations. You need to follow the statute of limitations applicable in the state of Alaska. The statute of limitations is the deadline for filing your asbestos claim. In Alaska, the personal injury statute of limitations for mesothelioma and lung cancer claims is two years from the date of the diagnosis of the condition.

For a wrongful death asbestos claim, that the family members can file, the time limit is two years from the death of their loved one.

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Eligible Conditions for Asbestos Compensation

Workers, veterans, or family members that experienced past asbestos exposure may first notice some minor symptoms, like shortness of breath. They may attribute such symptoms to other causes, like aging. But, the result of medical checks and investigations can show past asbestos exposure in the workplace has led to a current asbestos-associated disease. If you find yourself in this scenario, the help of counsel experienced in representing asbestos cases is essential. Our lawyers will assist you in navigating the legal system and fighting for compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. These are the asbestos diseases approved for asbestos claims:

Lung cancer Mesothelioma Asbestosis Gallbladder Cancer Kidney Cancer Laryngeal/Esophageal Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colon/Colorectal Cancer Ovarian Cancer Pulmonary Fibrosis

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Alaska

Current and former residents of Alaska diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, and their family members should contact us as soon as possible. The statutes of limitations are only two years from the date of the diagnosis (for personal injury claims) and the time of death (for wrongful death claims). In 90% of the cases, we file asbestos trust fund claims rather than going through a lawsuit. Our experienced attorneys will help you with the steps involved in the asbestos claim process.

Bankruptcy trust claims

Asbestos trust funds were set up years ago to pay people that are sick and have been injured by asbestos. However, as asbestos trust funds do not have enough money to pay all asbestos claims fully, they offer a set percentage of the legal demand. But, the funds are typically dispersed faster than in lawsuits. Asbestos trust fund claims are usually handled out of court.

Preparing the claim

The quicker we can get the information from you and get it filed with the asbestos trust funds, the quicker the payment will come. In the beginning, we are on a fact-finding mission, but it's not as intensive as a typical lawsuit would be. It's more of an administrative process.

Gathering the information

Initially what is required from the asbestos trust fund is to prove exposure to that particular's asbestos trust fund product or products and you also have to show that you've been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. First, we will qualify the medical reports. Then, we have to prove how you were exposed: primarily through occupation or secondarily through a family member that you lived with and who worked directly with or around asbestos-containing products. For occupational exposure, you have to tell us where you have worked at and inform us about any products that were in your working environment.

Filing your claim

We make the process simple, and we don't put anything other than the actual necessity on you to provide certain documentation to prosecute your asbestos claim. As soon as we get the necessary information, we can start filing that with the asbestos trust funds and expect payment within a couple of months.

Claim evaluation

Asbestos trust funds usually qualify the asbestos claim and pay it under two processes. "Expedited Review" is based on a minimum set of probable medical and asbestos exposure criteria and applications receive a schedule amount that is not negotiated. "Individual Review" allows for asbestos claim amounts up to a published maximum. Factors that determine the actual amount can include but are not limited to, age at diagnosis, jurisdiction, and the settlement history of your counsel.

Claim payment

Trustees make a determination and decide whether they will or won't pay the asbestos claim. Usually, payment comes within a couple of months, and we can set up a stream of revenue for our clients. You will benefit from a variable continual cash flow which adds up to a lot over time.

At Environmental Litigation Group, P.C., we strive to get you the best asbestos claim results possible. To pay out asbestos claims, asbestos trust funds managers rely on something called case valuation matrix. Case valuation matrix is a document approximating historical settlements values and assigning different values for compensable cancer types. The base dollar amounts vary by state or region because location sets occupational asbestos exposure levels. The table below provides the average settlement values, by disease level, at asbestos trust funds with seven disease levels, as presented in Rand Corporation's report on Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts.

AVERAGE AMOUNTS PAID BY ASBESTOS TRUST FUNDS

Mesothelioma (Level VIII)
$215,000
Lung Cancer 1 (Level VII)
$40,000
Lung Cancer 2 (Level VI)
$20,000
Other Cancer (Level V)
$22,000
Severe Asbestosis (Level IV)
$42,000
Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level III)
$19,000
Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level II)
$8,000

Disclaimer:  Compensation for your asbestos case will be calculated starting from the base calculation matrix, increasing or decreasing the level of compensation according to the specifics of your case. Factors that can affect the value of your case include, but are not limited to, your location, age, work history, pain and suffering, the asbestos products involved in occupational exposure, and expenses related to your illness. Individual cases vary based on such factors, and previous results don't ensure an equal outcome. The factors specific to your case make it difficult to predict its value before you file an asbestos claim. So, determining how much your case is worth can be a complicated process. If you have any questions about settlements and your legal rights, please contact us immediately for a free consultation.

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Why Residents in Alaska Choose Us?

We are a team of experienced lawyers with practical knowledge in handling asbestos claims. We are experts in Alaskan laws and the complexities involved in filing asbestos claims in this state. Our practice has enabled us to help clients from all over the state of Alaska. Our lawyers provide high-quality services and complete guidance throughout the legal process of obtaining the justice and compensation you deserve. As we work with multidisciplinary specialists, we can not only explain your legal rights but also recommend the best medical professionals in your area.

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