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Exposed to Asbestos in Utah?

Utah is home to several natural deposits of asbestos and industries such as manufacturing plants, refineries, and power plants that used large amounts of asbestos, putting their workers at risk of prolonged asbestos exposure.

How and Where Were You Exposed to Asbestos in Utah?

Utah has a relatively small number of heavy industries, as its economy is based primarily on agriculture. However, there are power plants and oil refineries that used asbestos as a fire retardant in their facilities. Several historical buildings were built using asbestos-containing materials to prevent fires, before the 1980s.

Bingham

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bingham

149 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Bingham Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company
• Bingham Copper and Gold Mining Company
• Bingham Junction
• U S Stores Company
• United States Smelting Company

Clearfield

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Clearfield

133 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Naval Supply Depot

Delta

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Delta

1 Asbestos Related Death (1979-2001)

• Intermountain Power Agency
• Intermountain Power Plant

Geneva

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Geneva

83 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Columbia Geneva Steel
• Columbia Steel Company
• Geneva Steel Company
• Geneva Works
• U. S. Steel Corporation
• United States Steel Corporation

Magna

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Magna

149 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Hercules Power Company, Inc.
• Kennecott Copper Corporation
• Kennecott Minerals Company
• Kennecott Utah Copper
• Magna Water & Sewage Treatment Plant
• Utah Copper Company

Ogden

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Ogden

113 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Amalgamated Sugar Corporation
• Burn Zol Inc
• California Packing Corporation
• Defense Depot Ogden
• Globe Grain and Milling Company
• Hill Air Force Base
• John Scowcroft and Sons Company
• Marquardt Aircraft Company
• Ogden Defense Depot
• Ogden Sugar Company
• Ogden Union Railway and Depot
• Oregon Shortline Railroad Company
• Salt Lake Factory
• Shupe William Candy Company
• Troy Laundry Company
• United States War Department
• Utah Army Depot
• Utah By-Products Company
• Utah Canning Company
• Utah General Depot

Park City

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Park City

19 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Daly West Mining Company
• Day Judge Mug Company
• Empire Mining Company
• Little Bell Consolidated Mining Company

Provo

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Provo

83 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Atkin Plumbing & Heating Company
• Backman Foundry and Machine
• Columbia Steel Company
• Columbia-Geneva Steel
• Geneva Steel
• Geneva Works
• L L Nunn
• Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad
• Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe
• Provo City Power
• United States Steel Corporation
• Utah Idaho Sugar Company
• Utah Power & Light Company

Salt Lake City

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Salt Lake City

149 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Company
• American Oil Company
• American Stores
• Amoco Oil Refinery
• Bingham Copper and Gl Ming Company
• Bowers Building & Construction Company
• BP Amoco Utah
• Brown Terry and Woodruff Company
• Bullough Asbestos
• California Steel Tank
• Carver Sheetmetal
• Centennial Eureka Mining Company
• Chevron Chemical
• Chevron Oil Company
• Chevron Utah
• Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
• Denver & Rio Grande West Rr Company
• Dhro Insulation
• Diamond Mateh Company
• E J Bartells Company
• Fenco
• Fiberglas Engineering & Supply Company
• Filtrol Corporation
• Flag Staff Silver Mining Company
• Gadsby
• Galigher Machinery Company
• Garfield Smelter
• Geneva Steel
• Germania Lead Works
• Hunter Insulation Company
• IBM
• Industrial Service and Engineering Company
• Interstate Brick Company
• J Mel Brown Company
• Jas Stewart and Company
• Jones and Jacobs
• Jordan Steam Electric Station
• Kennecott Copper Corp
• Ketchum and Refining Company
• Larrowe Construction Company
• Little Bell Consolidated Mining Company
• Mineral Point Tunnel Company
• Morris P Kirk & Sons
• National Lead & Chemical
• Newhouse Mines and Smelters
• Newhouse Plant
• Ocf Corporation
• Oregon Shortline Railway Company
• Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation
• Pace Industries
• Pace Turpin and Company
• Pacificorp
• Paco Turpin & Company
• Phoenix Utility Company
• Point of Mt. Site
• Robison Dist Company
• Salt Lake City Refining Company
• Salt Lake Refining Company
• Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Company
• Sego Milk Products Company
• Skyline Insulation, Inc.
• Solvay Process Company
• Standard Oil of California
• Standard Oil Refining - Salt Lake City
• Station KSL
• Sweet Candy Company
• Troy Laundry Company
• Turpins
• Union Pacific Railroad
• United States Smelting Company
• United States Stores Company
• United States Vanadium Corp
• Utah Consolidated Mining Company
• Utah Light and Railway Company
• Utah Oil Refining Company
• Utah Power & Light Company
• Utah-Idaho Sugar Company
• Vitro Uranium Company
• W H H Bowers
• Yampa Smelting Company

Delta Park City Geneva Bingham Magna Clearfield

Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in Utah

A person likely to experience prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers in the workplace is at a greater risk of developing lethal diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer, for which an asbestos claim can be filed against the companies liable for the asbestos exposure in the workplace. The claim should be made within a specified period, which is set by the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations in Utah is three years from the date of the diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease.

When the plaintiff, unfortunately, passes away before the resolution of the case, family members can file a wrongful death claim within two years from the date of death.

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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 Utah

Current and former residents of Utah 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 two years from 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 Utah Choose Us?

We are a team of highly experienced lawyers with unique skills needed to handle the most complex asbestos litigation across Utah. As we have updated information on the asbestos laws governing the state, we can clearly guide you through the legal process of filing an asbestos claim. We are compassionate and also understand the plight our clients and their family members go through after being diagnosed with a life-threatening asbestos-related disease. Through our team effort, we strive towards making legal procedures hassle-free so that you can spend more time in taking care of your health. We have maintained an excellent record, which has made residents of Utah choose us. In addition to legal assistance, as we work with a multidisciplinary group of specialists, we can recommend some of the best medical treatment facilities in your area.

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