Industrial job sites have been the leading cause of asbestos exposure in Arkansas, contributing to thousands of deaths from related diseases, like mesothelioma. If you were diagnosed with this disease or believe you were exposed to asbestos, contact an Arkansas mesothelioma lawyer to help you understand your legal options.
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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Arkansas Asbestos Statistics and Facts
- Between 1999 and 2013, there were 1,407 asbestos-related deaths in Arkansas.
- 242 of these deaths were caused by mesothelioma, while 203 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.
- 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.
Where Have Arkansas Workers Been Exposed to Asbestos?
Many different types of industrial workplaces used asbestos for decades. The construction industry also used the material heavily. Some notable industries, workplaces, and buildings in Arkansas that caused worker exposure include:
- From 1953 to 1989, North Little Rock Salvage operated an asbestos-processing facility in the city, and exposure to asbestos in the area is still a threat as the EPA found asbestos contamination during the inspection. Both former workers of the facility and residents in the area are at risk for developing malignant mesothelioma.
- 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, after numerous workers were exposed.
- Stuttgart School District in Stuttgart also used asbestos and is under a strict management plan with regular inspections.
- Some of the types of workers put at risk of exposure because of their jobs include pipefitters, power plant workers, teachers, navy personnel, plant workers, and even park rangers. 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
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:
- Facilities, homes, buildings, and any other structures must be properly inspected for asbestos before beginning any demolition or renovation project.
- The state of Arkansas must be notified before an asbestos project begins and after the project is completed.
- 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.
Where Can I Get Mesothelioma Treatment in Arkansas?
With a mesothelioma diagnosis, it’s important to find a physician that specializes in asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma is rare, and specialists can provide the best care.
Look for medical centers approved by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). 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.
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
Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for info on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area. You may be eligible for considerable compensation. If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.