According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arkansas ranks #35 in the nation for asbestos-related deaths, with a total of 324 current fatalities.
There is currently more than $30 billion in asbestos trust funds, created for people who were exposed to asbestos because of the careless actions of another party. If you now suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to substantial compensation compensation. Fill out our form to get a free Financial Compensation Packet. You’ll learn about the top Arkansas mesothelioma lawyers, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more.
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Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in Arkansas
In December 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigated a community in North Little Rock after residents complained about asbestos exposure. From 1953 to 1989, North Little Rock Salvage operated an asbestos-processing facility in the city, and per officials, exposure to asbestos in the area is still a threat as the EPA found asbestos contamination during the inspection. Not only are the former workers of the facility at risk for developing malignant mesothelioma but also thousands of concerned residents are at risk.
Several other businesses were also associated with the asbestos use prior to the 1980s. Many buildings in the Fort Chaffee area were built with asbestos. The buildings were eventually demolished, yet this happened after numerous workers were exposed already. Stuttgart School District in Stuttgart also used asbestos. As a result, a strict management plan and regular inspections are now required.
Typically, pipefitters, power plants workers, teachers, navy personnel, chemical plant workers, and even state parkers are at the highest risk of developing mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. In fact, North Little Rock Parks has been associated with high amounts of asbestos during the building period.
Other Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in Arkansas
- Ark Power and Light
- Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp
- Arkansas Mechanical Contractors
- Arkansas Power & Light, Lynch Station
- Arkansas Power and Light Company
- Cecil Lynch Station
- Koppers Company Inc
- Lynn Whitsett Company
- M.M. Cohn Store, Mccain Mall
- Mopac Railroad
- Oak Grove Elementary School
- John L. McClellan Generating Station
- N.A.D. Ordnance Plant
- Southern Kraft Corporation
- Southern Kraft Div International. Paper Company
- Tri State Mill & Supply Company
- Ace Contractors, Inc.
- Ace Supply
- Arkansas Light and Power Company
- Biturate Product Company
- Chemical Plant
- Columbia Carbon Plant
- Columbian Gibson Company
- Dodson Insulation Company, Inc.
- El Dorado Chemical Plant
- Fort Smith Light and Traction Company
- Gerber Plant
- Global Steel
- Oklahoma Gas and Elec Tire Company
- Southside High School
- Triangle Insulation Company
- Vender Bros., Inc.
- Williams Energy
- Kansas Power & Light Company
- Lake Catherine Power Station
- Reynolds Aluminum Company
- North Little Rocks Parks
- Stuttgart School District
Asbestos-Related Lawsuits in Arkansas
There have been nearly 50 asbestos-related lawsuits filed in the state since the 1990s. While some cases were individual lawsuits, other were class-action lawsuits.
A class-action lawsuit in Arkansas is defined as a group of plaintiffs filing lawsuit against the same defendants. In most cases, it’s the business the plaintiffs worked for when they were exposed to asbestos.
The state of Arkansas typically doesn’t release the actual award amounts in these types of cases, but its estimated that many plaintiffs involved in asbestos-related cases in Arkansas have won millions while others have won lesser amounts via settlements.
Arkansas Asbestos Statistics and Facts
- According to National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), in 2005, Arkansas has 15 asbestos-related death.
- Between 1999 and 2005, there were 93 asbestos-related deaths in Arkansas with an adjusted death rate of 5.77 per million.
- Of the 202 asbestos-related fatalities between 1999 to 2008, 135 of these deaths were caused by mesothelioma, while the remaining 67 were caused by asbestosis.
- Over 40 asbestos-related lawsuits have been filed in Arkansas since the 1990s, and the number is predicted to grow as former workers start to develop symptoms in later years.
- Although asbestos-related deaths have occurred throughout several counties in Arkansas, the highest number of fatalities happened in Pulaski County, with 166 asbestos-related deaths.
- In 1997, Arkansas established the Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Regulation 21. This regulation mandates that asbestos must be disposed of properly and anyone coming in contact with asbestos must have the proper licensing.
- El Dorado, Arkansas is home to over 25 job sites that were once associated with asbestos use, while Little Rock once had over 50 businesses associated with asbestos.
Arkansas Asbestos Laws
The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission, along with the state of Arkansas, created regulations in 1990 that helps promote safety and control the way asbestos is currently handled in the state. The following are the basic asbestos laws in Arkansas that must be adhered to at all times:
- Facilities, homes, buildings, and any other structures must be properly inspected for asbestos before beginning any demolition or renovation project. This only pertains to the buildings, homes, facilities, and structures that were built using asbestos-containing materials.
- The state of Arkansas must be notified before an asbestos project begins and after the project is completed.
- An application of intent must be submitted to the state prior to starting a project in which asbestos will be disturbed.
- Only professionally-trained asbestos technicians licensed in Arkansas can handle, remove, and dispose of asbestos.
- Safety requirements, following the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) guidelines must be adhered to at all times.
- The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will maintain a database at all times which lists the current certified asbestos professionals in the state.
For more detailed information regarding the Arkansas Asbestos Program, contact the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Division at 501-682-0740.
Getting Medical Help in Arkansas
Dealing with an asbestos-related disease and finding the best mesothelioma treatments can be a difficult task. It’s important to find a physician that specializes in asbestos-related diseases, as these types of illnesses are still considered rate in the medical world.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) makes this process easier by appointing worthy care centers and hospitals as NCI-designated facilities. An NCI-designation means that the care center has been recognized for its superior doctors, scientists, and other healthcare professionals who have in-depth knowledge and experience dealing with cancer.
The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at University of Arkansas Medical Services Site, is a NCI-designated care center with researchers, physicians, cancer experts, and healthcare specialists that focus on mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
Seek treatment from a care center that specializes specifically in the disease you’re suffering from. A typical small family clinic and/or a general practitioner usually don’t have the expertise and knowledge that a physician who specializes in asbestos cancer has.
Arkansas Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Cases
Arkansas follows the personal injury statute of limitations when it comes to asbestos-related lawsuits. In Arkansas, personal injury lawsuits must be filed within three years of the discovery of the problem. In an asbestos-related case, this means within three years from the time the asbestos-related disease was discovered. The three-year rule also applies to wrongful death lawsuits. Plaintiffs must file within three years of the victim’s date of death.
Getting Legal Help in Arkansas
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