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Exposed to Asbestos in Arkansas?

Arkansas housed several heavy industries such as power plants, paper mills, chemical factories, aluminum plants, and oil refineries, high-risk places of asbestos exposure.

How and Where Were You Exposed to Asbestos in Arkansas?

Historically, several prominent industries including paper mills, power plants, and chemical plants in Arkansas have subjected their workers to the risk of asbestos exposure and of developing related diseases, such as mesothelioma. Asbestos was extensively used in industries before the 1980s, because of its fire resistance properties.

Arkadelphia

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Arkadelphia

10 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Alcoa
• Arkansas Light and Heat and Power Company
• National Gypsum Company
• Reynolds Aluminum Plant
• Reynolds Metals Company

Augusta

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Augusta

1 to 2 Asbestos-related deaths (1979-2001)

• Carl E. Bailey Generating Station

Bauxite

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bauxite

86 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Alcoa
• Alcoa Aluminum
• Aluminum Company of America
• Hurricane Creek Plantt
• Indeck Power Equipment Company
• Reynolds Aluminum
• Reynolds Metals Company

Benton

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Benton

124 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Alcoa
• Alcoa Aluminum
• Aluminum Company of America
• Hurricane Creek Plant
• Owasso Manufacturing Company
• Reynolds Aluminum
• West Side Paint

Camden

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Camden

17 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Davis Construction Company
• International Paper Company
• John L. McClellan Generating Station
• N.A.D. Ordinance Plant
• Southern Kraft Corporation
• Southern Kraft Div International. Paper Company
• Tri State Mill & Supply Company

Crossett

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Crossett

10 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Crossett Lumber Company
• Crossett Paper Mills Inc.
• Georgia Pacific Corporation
• Georgia Pacific Pulp & Paper
• Jones Mechanical Contractors
• Tri State Mill & Supply

El Dorado

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
El Dorado

41 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Ace Contractors, Inc.
• Ace Supply
• American Oil Refinery
• Amoco
• Arkansas Light and Power Company The Pine Bluff Company
• Bitucote Product Company
• Chemical Plant
• Columbia Carbon Plant
• Columbian Gibson Company
• Dodson Insulation Company, Inc.
• El Dorado Chemical Plant
• El Dorado Foundry
• El Dorado Light and Water Company
• Great Lakes Chemical
• Industrial Tool & Die Casting Company
• John Monk Refinery
• Lawrence Electric Company, Inc.
• Lion Oil Company
• Monsanto Chemical Company
• New Sulphur Plant
• Ozark Ordnance Works
• Pan Am Southern Corporation
• Root Petroleum Company
• Root Refining Company
• Skelly Oil Company
• Tasco Refinery
• Tosco Corporation
• Union Floors Carpet
• Wheeling Pipe Line

Fayetteville

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Fayetteville

40 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• A.M.C., Inc.
• Bare Brand Hosiery
• Campbell Soup Plant
• G.W. Shirley Plumbing & Heating Company

Fort Smith

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Fort Smith

88 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Ball Serv. Dist. & Eng. Company
• Ballman Cumming Furniture
• Capco Plant
• City of Fort Smith, Ark Water Department
• Dyke Brothers
• Fort Smith Chair Company
• Fort Smith Light and Traction Company
• Gerber Plant
• Global Steel
• Oklahoma Gas and Elec Tire Company
• Triangle Insulation Company
• Vender Bros., Inc.
• Whirlpool
• Williams Energy

Gentry

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Gentry

62 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Flint Creek Power Plant

Helena

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Helena

10 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Arkansas Power & Light Company
• Arkla Chemical Company
• Helena Cotton Oil Company
• Helena Gas Electric Company
• Helena Ice Company
• Helena Power Company
• Middle South Utilites, Inc.
• Premier Cotton Mills

Hot Springs

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hot Springs

73 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Arkansas Power & Light Company
• Bechtel Corp
• Feather Lite Manufacturing Company Div N
• Hot Springs Electric Light Company
• Hot Springs Water Company
• Lake Catherine Power Plant
• Reynolds Metals
• Union Carbide
• Valley Planing Mill Company
• Vulcan Materials Company

Jonesboro

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Jonesboro

38 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Arkansas Glass Container Corporation
• Arkansas Water and Light Plant
• City Water & Light Plant
• Jonesboro Water & Light Plant
• Northeast Arkansas Insul. Company

Little Rock

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Little Rock

166 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• 3M Company
• A.M.F. Cycle Plant
• Arkansas Brick and Tile Company
• Arkansas Power and Light
• Ashner Avenue Station
• Ashner Avenue Team Track
• AT&T
• Breeding Insulation Company Inc.
• Buckeye Cotton Oil Company
• Central Heating and Manufacturing Company
• Central Supply Company
• City Ice and Cold Storage Company
• City Light Plant
• Cole Manufacturing Company
• Darrach Company Const.
• E.L. Bruce Company
• Eagle Home & Building Insulators
• Fagan Company, Inc.
• Fischer Cement & Roofing Company
• General Heating and Construction Company
• Jiffy Insulation Company
• Kansas City Hard Wood Flooring Company
• Knox Hill Siding
• Little Rock Basket Company
• Little Rock Cotton Oil Mills
• Little Rock Heating Company
• Little Rock Railway and Electric Company
• Little Rock Traction and Electric Company
• Lucent Technologies
• Marion Hotel Company
• Merchants Lighting Company
• Middle South Services, Inc
• Missouri Pacfic Railroad Company
• Missouri Pacific Railroad
• Olin Mathieson Chemical
• Ozark Insulation Company
• Pfeifer Plumbing & Heating Company, Inc.
• Phillips Lighting Company
• Pine Bluff Arsenal
• Pirelli Tire North America
• Proctor and Gamble Company
• Retail Crucers Ice Company
• S.W. Bell Telephone
• Southwest Manufacturing
• St. Louis Mountain and Southern Railroad Company Union Station
• Sun Company
• Swift & Company
• Telephone Building
• Teletype
• Timex Airport Plant
• Tower Building
• UA Journeyman & Pipefitting Industry
• Union Pacific Railroad
• United Electric Securities Company
• United Insulation
• W R Wrape Stone Company Inc
• Westinghouse
• Winburn Tile Company

Magnolia

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Magnolia

10 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company
• Arkla Chemical Corp
• Ethyl Corporation
• Great Lakes Chemical
• Kalmar Steel Corp
• Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
• Southern extrusions
• Southwestern Bell Telephone

Malvern

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Malvern

36 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Acme Brick
• Arkansas Power & Light Company
• General Sheet Metal Company
• International Paper Corp
• Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America
• Reynolds Metals

Newark

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Newark

15 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Independence Steam Station

North Little Rock

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
North Little Rock

166 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Ark Power and Light
• Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp
• Arkansas Mechanical Contractors
• Arkansas Power & Light, Lynch Station
• Arkansas Power and Light Company
• Buck Eye
• Cecil Lynch Station
• Koppers Company Inc
• Lynn Whitsett Company
• Mo-Pac Railroad
• Rozzell Corporation
• W.R. Grace

Pine Bluff

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Pine Bluff

33 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Arkansas Kraft
• Cotton Belt Railroad
• Dierks Paper Company
• Dierks Paper Mill
• Dravo Steel Shipping
• Federal Office Building, Warrior Construction Company
• General Water Works Corporation
• International Paper Company - Southern Kraft Division
• International Paper Mill
• Paper Mill
• Pine Bluff Light and Water Company
• Pine Bluff Mill
• Seaman Dunning Corp
• So. Kraft Div International. Paper Company
• Southwestern Bell Telephone Company
• St. Louis Southwestern Railway Company
• Standard Brake Shoe
• Tri State Mill & Supply Company
• U. S. Army Pine Bluff Arsenal

Russellville

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Russellville

35 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Arkansas Nuclear One Generating Station
• Arkansas Power & Light
• Bechtel Power Plant
• Bornice Anthracite Coal. Company
• Firestone
• Nuclear One Powerhouse

Smackover

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Smackover

41 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Cross Oil

Stamps

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Stamps

• Arkansas Power & Light
• Arkansas Power & Light Company - Couch S. E. Station
• Entergy Pine Light
• Harvey Couch Steam Elec
• Middle South Utilities Inc.
• Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
• Pineville Kraft Corp

Stephens

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Stephens

17 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Berry Petroleum

Texarkana

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Texarkana

18 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Trumann

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Trumann

10 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Plant 7, Poinsett Lumber and Manufacturing Company
• Poinset Lumber and Manufacturing Company, Plant Number 9
• Poinsett Lumber and Manufacturing Company
• Poinsett Lumber Company Plant North 8
• Poinsett Lumer Company
• Singer Company Wood Prod Div
• Singer Furniture
• Singer Manufacturing Company

Warren

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Warren

1-2 Asbestos-related deaths (1979-2001)

• Bradley Lumber Company
• Bradley Lumber Company of Arkansas
• Potlatch Forrests Inc
• Southern Lumber Company
• Tri State Mill & Supply Company

West Memphis

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
West Memphis

21 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Cacus Lumber Company
• Dacus Lumber Company
• Flint Steel Company
• Mississippi Valley Generating Company
• Southwestern Bell Telephone Company

Wilson

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Wilson

20 Asbestos-Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Buckeye Cellulose Corp
• Delta Products Company
• Lee Wilson Company Soy Bean Mill
• Tri State Refining Company
• Wilson Lee & Company

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Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in Arkansas

US Federal and State governments have passed laws regulating the use, management, and proper disposal of asbestos-containing materials. Long-term occupational exposure to this harmful substance can cause aggressive forms of cancer.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, or a loved one has died because of an asbestos-related illness, you can file an asbestos claim to recover the costs of medical treatment and lost wages. The personal injury statute of limitations for mesothelioma and lung cancer in the state of Arkansas is three years from the date of diagnosis of the condition.

If you have lost your loved one to mesothelioma or lung cancer, you can file a wrongful death asbestos claim within three years from the date your loved one has passed away. As the time limit to file an asbestos claim is very short, mesothelioma or lung cancer patients and their families should be quick in contacting an experienced lawyer. You can lose your right to receive compensation if you do not act before the statute of limitations expires.

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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 Arkansas

Current and former residents of Arkansas diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, and their family members should contact us as soon as possible. The statutes of limitations are only three 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 Arkansas Choose Us?

We are a team of experienced environmental lawyers who believe in skilled law investigation as the foundation of a strong asbestos claim. We offer you and your case individual attention. Our lawyers work hard to gather the evidence required to prove your case as quickly as possible. We keep you up-to-date and provide step-by-step guidance regarding the legal process. Get in touch with us, and we will help you understand your legal rights and inform you about expert doctors and treatment centers.

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