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Exposed to Asbestos in Nebraska?

Nebraska is principally a rural state with ranching as its primary business, and it does not have any naturally-occurring deposits of asbestos.

How and Where Were You Exposed to Asbestos in Nebraska?

The primary work site that routinely exposed several of its workers to asbestos was Omaha’s Western Mineral Products, which used to process vermiculite.

Alliance

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Alliance

1 Asbestos-related death (1979-2001)

• Alliance Municipal Electric System
• Alliance Power Plant
• City Light Plant
• L. M. Marcum Company

Beatrice

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Beatrice

16 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Beatrice Creamery Company
• Chris's Hatchery
• Cominco Products Company
• Gas Pipe Line Company of America
• Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America
• Nebraska Water Works
• Philips Petroleum Fertilizer Plant

Bellevue

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bellevue

112 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Allied Chemical
• Kramer Power House
• Loup River Public Power District
• Nebraska Public Power District
• Offutt Air Force Base

Blair

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Blair

14 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant

Brownsville

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Brownsville

• Cooper Nuclear Power Plant

Columbus

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Columbus

22 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Behlen Manufacturing Company
• Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
• Consumers Public Power District
• Loup River Public Power District
• Nebraska Public Power District
• Union Pacific Railroad Company

Dakota City

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Dakota City

14 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Iowa Beef Packers

Grand Island

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Grand Island

72 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• American Beet Sugar Company
• American Crystal Sugar
• C W Burdint Plant
• Central Power Company
• City Power Plant
• Cornhusker Ordinance Plant
• Grand Island Power Plant
• Grand Island Utilities Department
• Grand Island Water and Light
• Insulation Industries, Inc.
• Iowa Valley Sugar Company Inc.
• Municipal Power Plant
• North Dakota Power & Light
• Oxnard Cons Company
• Sierra Talc and Clay Company
• Union Pacific Railroad Company

Hallam

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hallam

61 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Consumers Public Power Distributors
• Hallam Nuclear Power Plant
• Nebraska Public Power District
• Sheldon Station

Hastings

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hastings

21 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Consumers Cooperative
• Department of The Navy Naval Ammunition
• Hastings Municipal Power Plant
• Hastings Utilities Dept.
• Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Company
• Montgomery Ward Company
• United States Naval Ammunition Depot
• Zurn Industries, Inc

Lexington

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Lexington

17 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Canaday Station
• Canaday Steam Plant
• Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District
• National Dehydrating Company
• United Electric Company

Lincoln

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Lincoln

61 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Bryant Heating & Air Conditioning
• Corn Husker Heating & Cooling
• Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
• Havelosh Shops
• Hellman Power Plant
• Iowa-Nebraska Light & Power Company
• Irving Jr. H.S.
• Lincoln Air Force Base
• Lincoln Fraction Company
• Lincoln Gas and Electric Light Company
• Lincoln Traction Company
• Loup River Public Power District
• Military Air Base
• Nebraska Boiler Company
• New Municipal Airport
• Northwestern Iron and Metal Company
• Norton Lab
• Peterson Parking Garage
• Ray Martin Company
• Vaughn Insulation Company
• Weaver Potato Chip

Nebraska City

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Nebraska City

11 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Great Western Cereal Company
• Kingfalfa Mills
• National Starch Company
• Nebraska City Brick & Tile Company
• Nebraska City Water And Light Company
• Norton Gregson Company
• Otoe Food Products Company
• Water & Light Company
• Western Brick & Supply Company

North Platte

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
North Platte

24 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Best Laundry Cleaners
• North Platte Plumbing & Heating
• Pacific Fruit Express
• Union Pacific Railroad Company

Omaha

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Omaha

425 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Ace Drywall Company
• AG Processing Inc
• Alger Warehouse
• Allied Chemical Company
• Allied Mills Inc
• AM Smelting and Refining Company
• American Loan and Trusts Company
• American Smelting and Refining Company
• Anderson Electric
• Armour and Company
• Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
• Aultman Company
• Bellview Power Plant
• Beth Israel Synagogue
• Blue Chip Auto Company
• Boiler Burner Equipment Company
• Briggs Pump Company
• Burn Zol Inc
• Burquest Offset
• C G Johnson
• Campbell Soup Company
• Ceco Steel Products Corporation
• Chaney Furnace Company
• Charles T. Vaughn Inc
• Chemical Plant
• City Sand Drier
• Climate Control Inc.
• Consolidated Steel Corporation
• Construction Specialties Company
• Corn Derivatives Company
• Cornhusker Motor Club
• Drake-Williams Steel
• F L Oneill Company
• Fairmont Creamery Company
• Falstaff Brewing Corp
• Forman Brothers
• Frank J. Merwald & Sons
• Frazier Heating
• Fred Krug Brewing Company
• General Electric
• J.J. Parks Construction
• Jack Finely Mason Contractor
• Jack Perry Plumbing
• Jensen A O Company
• John Deere Company
• Johnson C G Boiler Company
• Jones Street Station
• Kelley Plant
• Kellogg Company
• Kilwit Plaza
• Kitty Clover Potato Chip
• Land Paving Company
• M. E. Smith Warehouse
• Master Electronics
• Midwest Asbestos Company
• Mobil Oil Company
• Nebraska Power & Light
• Nebraska Power Company
• New Omaha, Thompson, Houston Electric Light Company
• New Union Station
• Nitrogen Division Allied Chemical and Dye Corp
• North Omaha Power Station
• Northern Gas Products Company
• Northern Natural Gas Company
• NY Life Insurance Company
• O.P.P.D. Power Station
• Offut Air Force Base
• Olron Bros Inc
• Omaha and Council Bluffs St Railway Company
• Omaha Distilled Water Ice and Storage Company
• Omaha Electric Light and Power Company
• Omaha Gas Works
• Omaha Hardwood Company
• Omaha Ice and Cold Storage Company
• Omaha Packing
• Omaha Powerhouse North
• Omaha Public Power Company
• Omaha Steam Electric Station
• Packaging Corp of America
• Paul Davie & Sons
• Peoples Ice and Cold Storage Company
• Peter Keiwit & Sons
• Phoenix Utility Company
• Pile Driver River Barge
• Puritan Manufacturing
• Quaker Oats Company
• Right Hand Boiler Moved To Union Station
• Rosborough Fire Brick & Supply
• Rybin Plumbing & Heating
• Schaefer Oil Company
• Sears, Roebuck & Company
• Sinclair Refining
• Skinner Packing Company
• Sperry Electric Light Company
• Standard Distilling and Distributing
• Storz Brewing Company
• Swift & Company
• The Fairmont Creamery Company
• Thomas A. Walsh Manufacturing Company
• U S Supply
• U. S. Post Office & Garage
• Union Pacific Coal Company
• Union Pacific Railroad Company
• United Benefit Life Insurance Company
• United Gas Imp Company
• Upjohn Company
• Vaughn Insulation Company
• Water Treatment Plant
• Western Electric Plant
• Willow Springs Distillery
• Wilson & Company

Scottsbluff

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Scottsbluff

25 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Consumers Public Power Company
• Nebraska Public Power Distribution
• Scottsbluff Packing Company
• Scottsbluff Sugar Company
• Swift & Company

Sutherland

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Sutherland

24 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Gerald Gentleman Station

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Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in Nebraska

Individuals affected by occupational asbestos-related diseases can file an asbestos claim against the companies liable for their condition, but this should be done within a set timeframe, which is known as the statute of limitations. In the state of Nebraska, there are no specific laws for asbestos cases, but the personal injury statutes apply to asbestos claims too. Plaintiffs intending to file an asbestos claim must act within four years from the date of the diagnosis of the asbestos-related disease.

Also, heirs of a mesothelioma or lung cancer patient planning to file a wrongful death asbestos claim should do so within two years from the date of death, according to the statute.

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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 Nebraska

Current and former residents of Nebraska diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, and their family members should contact us as soon as possible. The statutes of limitations are only four years from the date of the diagnosis (for personal injury asbestos claims) and two years from the time of death (for wrongful death asbestos 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 process of filing your asbestos claim.

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 Nebraska Choose Us?

We are a team of highly experienced lawyers with expertise in resolving asbestos claims throughout the state of Nebraska. By our understanding of the asbestos regulations that apply in Nebraska, we can help you achieve success. We have represented Nebraska residents in the recent years, and hold a proven track record of achieving success and benefits in each case. We make the complicated legal process stress-free for you so that you can pay more attention to your health. All these factors make Nebraska residents choose us. Apart from the legal work, we provide recommendations for the best medical treatment options in your area.

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