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Exposed to Asbestos in North Dakota?

North Dakota is scarcely populated and primarily an agricultural state, due to which residents were less likely to be exposed to asbestos.

How and Where Were You Exposed to Asbestos in North Dakota?

The major industries located in North Dakota that exposed workers to hazardous levels of asbestos include power plants, oil refineries, and vermiculite processing plants.

Beulah

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Beulah

3 Asbestos-related deaths (1979-2001)

• Ang Coal Gasification Company
• Basin Electric Power Cooperative
• Coyote Power Station
• Hughes Electric Company
• Montana-Dakota Utilities
• Otter Tail Power Company
• Wellsboro Electric Company

Bismarck

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bismarck

98 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Basic Electric Power Corp
• Garrison Dam
• Lignite Combustion Engineering Company
• Montana-Dakota Utilities

Emerado

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Emerado

54 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Grand Forks Air Force Base
• Macarthur Warehouse Building

Fargo

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Fargo

87 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• A H Bennett Company
• Building Sprinkler Company, Inc.
• Fargo Foundry & Steel Manufacturing
• F-M Insulation
• Larimore Stock
• Leeby Victor H Company
• Northern States Power Company
• Pillsbury Company
• West Acres

Grand Forks

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Grand Forks

54 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Anti-Ballistic Missile Safeguard Facility
• Grand Forks Air Force Base
• Grand Forks Gas and Electric Company
• Grand Forks Missile Sites
• Grand Forks Powerhouse
• Industrial Commission of N.D.
• Minnkota Power Cooperative Inc
• Minuteman Missile Site
• Missile Sites
• North Dakota Milling Company
• Northern States Power Company
• Red River Power Company
• Rogers Brothers

Jamestown

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Jamestown

21 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Jamestown Plumbing, Heating, & A/C, Inc.
• Northern Pacific Railway Company

Langdon

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Langdon

3 Asbestos-related deaths (1979-2001)

• ABM Missile Radar Sites
• Langdon Missile Sites
• Minuteman Missile Site
• Par Missile Sites
• Safeguard Facilities

Mandan

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Mandan

38 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• American Oil Refinery
• Amoco Chemical Company
• Amoco Oil Company Refinery
• BP Amoco North Dakota
• Heskett Station
• Mandan Oil
• Mandan Powerhouse
• Montana-Dakota Utilities Company
• Sornsin Company
• Standard Oil Company

Minot

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Minot

32 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Burlington Northern Railroad-Shops
• Consumers Power Company
• Great Northern Railroad
• Greenberg Roofing & Sheet Metal Company
• M&L Industrial Inc.
• Minot Air Force Base
• Minot Radar Station
• Minuteman Missile Site
• Northern States Power Company
• Strategic Air Command Air Base

Stanton

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Stanton

3 Asbestos Related Deaths (1979-2001)

• Basin Electric Power Cooperative
• Leland Olds Generating Station
• North Dakota 45 Basin
• Stanton Power Plant
• United Power Association

Tatman

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Tatman

32 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Minot Air Force Base

Tatman Langdon Emerado Stanton Mandan Fargo Grand Forks

Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in North Dakota

The statutes of limitations are the laws that specify the timeframe a plaintiff has to file an asbestos claim. North Dakota’s statute of limitations is relatively long, six years from the day the plaintiff has discovered his/her asbestos-related illness.

If a person with an asbestos-related disease passes away before the conclusion of the case, the heirs can file a wrongful death asbestos claim within two years from the date of death. In both these cases, asbestos exposure lawyers should be consulted as soon as possible to avoid the expiry of the statute of limitations.

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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 North Dakota

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

Our team of lawyers is skilled and experienced in handling asbestos claims. We have a thorough understanding of the laws governing North Dakota asbestos litigation, and as a result, we can help you receive your rightful compensation. We are compassionate and understand that mesothelioma or lung cancer patients face a lot of difficult situations, and that is why we make the legal process of filing an asbestos claim hassle-free. We also have a proven track record of being successful in the cases handled, that is why residents of North Dakota choose us to represent them. In addition to the legal aspects, we help you determine the best medical treatment available in your area.

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