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Exposed to Asbestos in Colorado?

Colorado had a large number of power generating plants, military bases, and operations in other industries such as sugar factories, chemical manufacturing facilities, and small foundries where workers were exposed to asbestos regularly.

How and Where Were You Exposed to Asbestos in Colorado?

Asbestos is abundantly found in the State of Colorado, either naturally occurring or as a result of contamination. The highest level of asbestos exposure in the State of Colorado existed for the workers employed at power generating plants such as Conoco and Ultramar-Diamond.

Alamosa

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Alamosa

• Alamosa Power Plant
• Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company
• Four Corners Power Plant
• Public Service Company of Colorado

Brighton

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Brighton

102 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Great Western Sugar Company
• Kitayama Bros Greenhouse
• Kitayama Brothers
• Kuner Pickle Company

Brush

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Brush

14 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Beet Sugar Factory
• Great Western Sugar Company
• Pawnee Power Plant
• Public Service Company of Colorado
• Xcel Energy

Canon City

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Canon City

59 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Arkansas Valley Railway Light and Power Company
• Centel Corporation
• Clark Generating
• Peata Verde Silver Mining Company
• Southern Colorado Power Company
• Utilicorp United Inc
• West Plains Energy

Colorado Springs

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Colorado Springs

276 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Alexander Industries, Inc.
• Apex Insulation
• Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
• Broadmoor Cheyenne Mountain Hwy Tell Gate
• Cadet Quarters Afa
• Camp Carson
• Citizens Light Heat and Power Company
• Cletus G. Cooper
• Colorado Springs
• Colorado Springs Electric Company
• Colorado Springs Light Heat and Power Company
• Colorado Springs Rapid Transit Company
• Colorado Springs Utilities
• Corley Coal Company
• Department of Public Utilities
• Drake Power Plant
• El Paso Electric Company
• El Paso Gold Mine
• Electric Paso Mining Company
• Empire Acoustics & Fireproof
• Field House Afa
• Fort Carson
• Golden Cycle Mining and Reduction Company
• Gosnell Construction
• Heating Incorporated
• J C St John Plumbing and Heating Company
• Las Animas Electric Company
• Martin Drake Power Plant
• Municipal Power Plant
• Myron Stratton Home Power Hse
• Olsen Plumbing & Heating
• Ray D. Nixon Power Plant
• Richard M. Nixon Power Plant
• Strong Gold Mining Company
• Western Forge Corporation

Commerce City

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Commerce City

147 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Asamera Oil Usa
• Conoco Oil Refinery
• Continental Oil Company
• Martin-Marietta
• Rocky Mountain Arsenal
• Rocky Mountain Service, Inc.
• Schmidt Incinerators Company
• Shell Chemical
• Ultramar Diamond Colorado

Craig

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Craig

• Colorado-Ute Electric Association, Inc
• Craig Power Station
• Craig Station
• Hudson Energy Company
• Tri State Craig Station
• Tri State Gandt Association
• Tri-State Generation and Transmission

Denver

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Denver

297 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• A A Cox Construction Company
• A.F.L. Paint
• Abex Corporation Amsco Div
• Advanced Neon Sign
• Air Force Finance Center
• Air Training Base
• Am Beet Sugar Company
• American Crystal Sugar Company
• American Mang Steel Div
• American Sheetmetal Shop
• American Smelting and Refining Company
• Arapahoe Power Plant
• Arizona Marble Company
• Armour and Company
• Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
• Asbestos Supply
• Asmay Refinery
• B. H. Lichter and Company
• Bay Petroleum Corporation
• Bay Petroleum Refinery
• Board of Water Commission
• Boise Cascade Corp
• Breach Plumbing & Heating
• C F & I Engineers, Inc.
• C F & I Steel Company
• C.B. & Q. Team Track
• Case Cutter
• Cherokee Power Station
• Cherokee Steam Electric Station
• Chevron Oil Company
• Chicago, Burlington, and Quiney Railroad
• Cipra Air Conditioning
• Coffins Packing Company
• Colo Tires and Iron Company
• Colorado and Southern Railway Company
• Colorado Cold Storage Corp
• Colorado Fuel and Iron Company
• Colorado Ice and Cold Storage Company
• Colorado Packing and Provision Company
• Colorado Refinery
• Columbine Laundry Company
• Comanche Std.
• Commanche Power Plant
• Conaway Furnace
• Conspeco
• Construction Specialties Company
• Continental Oil Refinery
• Courthouse Square Development
• Curtis Sheetmetal
• D. S. Grimes Son
• Del Patrick Heating
• Denver Brick & Pipe Company
• Denver City Cable Railway Company
• Denver Consolidated Electric Company
• Denver Gas and Electric Company
• Denver Metro Sewage Company
• Denver Missile Sites
• Denver Ordnance Plant
• Denver Sewer Pipe and Clay Company
• Denver Sheetmetal
• Denver Tramway Power Company
• Douglas Jardine Sheetmetal
• Dravo Corporation
• Economy Mechanical Industrial
• Feeney Insulation
• Fos Sheetmetal
• Frontier Airlines
• Gary Williams Energy
• Gates Rubber Company
• General Electric Company
• General Iron Works
• Great Western Mach Company
• Great Western Sugar Company
• Hendrie & Bolthoff Manufacturing and Supply Company
• Home Furnaces
• International Rubber Company
• J D Insulations
• Jewish Consumptives Relief Society
• Job A Cooper
• Johns Manville Corporation
• Johnson Davis Power Plant
• K&B Packing and Provision Company
• Kindle & Angelo Sheetmetal
• Kodak
• La Comb Powerplant
• Lacombe Station
• Lauren Burt, Incorporated
• Lindrooth Shubart and Company
• Littleton Creamery Company
• Longero Inc
• Lowry Air Force Base
• M.A. Mackay Company
• Macarthur Company
• Martin-Marietta
• Mc Phee and Mcginnity Lumber Company
• Mead & Mount Construction
• Midland Savings and Loan Company Building
• Midwest Plumbing and Heating Inc.
• Mine and Smelter Supply Company
• Mobil Oil Corporation
• Morey Mercantile Company
• Morse Mach Company
• Mountain Bell Telephone Building
• Mountain States Engr.
• Mountain States Tel. & Tel.
• MSI Industries
• Nallays Inc
• National Biscuit Company
• Nielson Plastering
• Northeast Burnzol Company
• Northwest Heating
• Owens Corning Fiberglas
• Penn Chemical Works
• Phillip Zang and Company
• Plateau Supply Company
• Powers Ind Ins
• Public Service Company of Colorado
• Red Seal Inc
• Robinson Brk & Tile
• Rocky Mount Brewery
• Rocky Mountain Arsenal
• Rocky Mountain Supply
• Roderick Garage
• Roger Inc
• Rush Matl Distr
• Rutherford Plumbing & Heating
• Sam Fox Sheetmetal
• Sayre Newton Lumber Company
• Schmidt Manufacturing Corp
• Shell Chemical
• Shell Chemical Company
• Southern Sierras Power Company
• State Steam Plant
• Stearns-Rogers Inc.
• Stovers Candy
• Swift & Company
• Thermatic Heating
• Titan Missile Sites
• Total Refinery
• U.S. Air Force Finance Center
• U.S. West Communications
• Union Pacific Railroad Company
• Union Power Plant
• Union Stockyards
• United Sheetmetal & Iron Works
• United States Air Force
• Utility Control & Equipment
• Vail Association, Inc.
• Van Genderen Sheetmetal
• Watson Grant Company
• Webb and Knapp
• Western Chemical Manufacturing Company
• Western Iron Mills
• Western Packing Company
• Western Sheetmetal
• Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company
• Wheeler Sheetmetal
• William Russell Coal Company
• Worthington Pump & Machinery Corporation
• Xcel Energy
• Zang Brewing Company
• Zuni Power Plant

Fort Collins

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Fort Collins

138 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Anheuser-Busch Company
• Fort Collins Light & Power
• Fort Collins Sugar Company
• Great Western Sugar Company
• House Heating
• J. W. Lawrence
• Larimer Light and Power Company
• Platte River Power Authority
• Rawhide Energy Station

Fruita

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Fruita

50 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• American Gilsonite/Chevron
• Fruita Refinery
• Gary Refining Company
• Landmark Petroleum
• Louisiana Pacific
• Mesa Insulation
• Standard Oil Refinery

Golden

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Golden

146 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Adolph Coors Brewery
• Atomic Energy Commission
• Colorado School of Mines
• Columbine Glass Company
• Coors Brewery
• Coors Porcelain Company
• Dow Chemical
• Rocky Flats Power Plant
• Rocky Mountain Power
• Utility Control & Equipment

Hayden

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hayden

11 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Hayden Power Plant

Lakewood

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Lakewood

146 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• AT&T
• Best Western Denver West
• Feeney Supply Company

Leadville

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Leadville

• Day Mines, Inc.
• Iron Silver Mining Company
• Leadville Gas and Electric Company
• Leadville Light and Power Company
• Twin Lakes Power Plant
• Yak Mining and Milling and Tunnel Company

Mesa

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Mesa

50 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Cameo Power Plant

Nucla

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Nucla

19 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Nucla Power Station

Pueblo

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Pueblo

155 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Acme Markets Inc
• Alpha Beta Acme Packing Div
• Am. Smelting and Refining Company
• Boston Food Prod
• Burn Zol Company
• C F & I Steel Corp
• Colorado Fuel and Iron Company
• Colorado Laundry Company
• Comanche Powerhouse
• Coppers Company
• Dana Corporation Perfect
• H L Bridgeman
• Mckinney Concrete Products
• Nuckolls Packing Company
• Public Service Colorado
• Puebleo By Products Company
• Pueblo and Suburban Traction Lighting Company
• Pueblo Power Plant
• Pueblo Smelting and Refining Company
• Pueblo St. Railway Company
• Pueblo Traction and Lighting Company
• Pueblo Wae Lighting Company
• Rock Wool Insulating Company
• Southern Colorado Power Company
• Standard Fire Brick Company
• Triplex of America
• United States Zinc Company
• Utilicorp United Inc
• Walter Brewing Company
• Xcel Energy

Rocky Flats

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Rocky Flats

• Aec/Erda
• Dow Chemical Company
• Rocky Flats Plant
• United States Atomic Energy Commission

Rocky Ford

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Rocky Ford

10 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• American Beet Sugar Company
• American Crystal Sugar Company
• Oxnard Construction Company
• Rocky Ford Power Plant
• Southern Colorado Power Company
• Utilicorp United Inc

Trinidad

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Trinidad

3 to 5 Asbestos-related deaths (1979-2001)

• Electrical Installation Company
• Hawkins & Davis Crosswell Barnett Machine Company
• Trinidad Electric Light Heat and Power Company
• Trinidad Electric Railroad Company
• Trinidad Electric Transmission Railway and Gas Company
• Trinidad Municipal Power & Light Dept.
• Trinidad Power Plant
• Trinidad Sheetmetal

Valmont

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Valmont

• Public Service Company of Colorado
• Republic Construction Company
• Valmont Station

Windsor

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Windsor

138 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Eastman Kodak Company
• Great Western Sugar Company
• Owens Corning Fiberglas

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Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in Colorado

Occupational exposure to asbestos could lead to the development of mesothelioma or other asbestos-related conditions. If you have developed mesothelioma or lung cancer because of exposure to asbestos or asbestos products at your workplace, you can file an asbestos claim but within a set period. The law setting the deadline is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations in Colorado to file an asbestos claim is two years from the date you are aware of your diagnosis.

According to the statute, after the death of a mesothelioma or lung cancer patient, a family member can file an asbestos claim within two years. Failure to file the asbestos claim before this period ends will result in the loss of your right to receive the compensation you deserve.

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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 Colorado

Current and former residents of Colorado 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 Colorado Choose Us?

Our attorneys have managed to represent successfully workers impacted by routine exposure to asbestos at several workplaces situated in Colorado. We investigate thoroughly every case and keep our clients informed about their legal rights. Our approach has made us popular among residents of Colorado. As we collaborate with multidisciplinary specialists, we can explain any legal issue, and we can provide information about the best medical professionals in your area.

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