California ranks number one among all U.S. states for deaths caused by mesothelioma and other asbestos illnesses. Most of these cases are a result of asbestos exposure on job sites and make California a leading state for asbestos lawsuits. Consult a California mesothelioma lawyer for guidance in filing your own lawsuit against the companies that exposed you to this harmful mineral.
There is currently more than $30 billion available in trusts funds for those who have been affected by an asbestos-related illness. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Complete our form to get a free Financial Compensation Packet. You’ll learn about the top mesothelioma lawyers in your area, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more.
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Do I Need a California Asbestos Lawyer?
If you were exposed to asbestos in the state, believe you may have been exposed, or have been diagnosed with a related illness, you need a lawyer for several reasons:
- Federal and California state laws regarding asbestos are complicated.
- A lawyer experienced in asbestos cases can explain your options.
- The right lawyer will know how to investigate and prove where your asbestos exposure occurred and the companies responsible.
- California laws encourage fast-tracking and settlements. You need a lawyer to negotiate on your behalf for a fair settlement amount.
- You have just one year from when you discovered you have an asbestos illness to file a lawsuit.
Where Did Asbestos Exposure Occur in California?
Several companies and industries in California used large amounts of asbestos from the early 1900s until the 1970s. These included:
- Automobile manufacturing
- The military
- And other industries
Why Are Asbestos Exposure Rates so High in California?
There are several reasons that California residents, even today, are especially vulnerable to mesothelioma and other illnesses related to asbestos:
- During World War II California was home to aircraft factories, radar and radio equipment manufacturers, shipyards, and automobile plants that used asbestos.
- Many military men and women who served between World War II and the mid-1970s experienced asbestos exposure during active duty. Veterans are particularly vulnerable to mesothelioma.
- Thousands of residential developments still have asbestos. The state’s population boom that led to a lot of new construction occurred during the decades of peak asbestos use in the industry.
- California has some of the highest levels of naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) in the U.S. NOA deposits are harmless if they remain undisturbed. The effects of earthquakes and human activity stir up asbestos fibers and release them into the air.
Construction in California Triggered High Mesothelioma Rates
The rapid increase in California’s population since the 1940s caused rapid economic expansion. It also led to an increase in mesothelioma cases. The post-World War II, construction boom resulted in widespread use of asbestos.
The fire- and heat-resistance of asbestos made it a desirable material for use in construction. Many buildings, including homes, schools, offices, and industrial factories still have asbestos in them for this reason.
Workers who handled drywall, insulation, roofing materials, steam pipes, plumbing materials, electrical wiring, and many other building materials faced serious exposure risks during the boom in construction and building.
Which California Companies Used Asbestos?
Many electric companies, automobile, aviation, electronics equipment, computer science, mining companies and chemical industries used asbestos in materials and components. Some of the companies known to have used asbestos in the state include:
- Bell Asbestos Mines, Ltd.
- Calaveras Asbestos, Ltd
- California Naval Shipyard
- Ford Motor Company
- Honeywell International
- Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
- King City Asbestos Company (KCAC)
- Moore Dry Dock
- North American Aviation
- Pacific Gas & Electric
- Southern California Edison
- San Diego Gas & Electric
- Union Carbide
- U.S. Steel
What Are California’s Asbestos Laws?
According to the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), Title 8 sets guidelines for each industry for the reduction of asbestos exposure, for minimum air quality, and asbestos exposure documentation.
Under subchapter 7 of Title 8, Section 5208 of the California Code of Regulations there are several laws related to the abatement, handling, removal, and disposal of asbestos within the state:
- The law sets breathing exposure limits for all affected employees.
- Employees working around asbestos must be monitored.
- Employees must be professionally trained in working around and handling asbestos.
- Facility and building owners must determine the location and amount of any existing asbestos.
- Warning signs and postings that clearly convey asbestos in the work area must be posted in the vicinity of the workplace.
- Protective clothing and respirators must be provided to and worn at all times by workers around asbestos. Tools and equipment must also be cleaned.
For more detailed information, you can contact the California Department of Industrial Regulation’s at 510-286-7000.
California Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Cases
The Cal. Code Civ. Proc. § 335.1 states that asbestos-related cases in California must be filed separately from personal injury cases. Asbestos cases also have a different statute of limitations.
Plaintiffs filing an asbestos or mesothelioma lawsuit must do so within one year of the first signs of the condition or within one year after the victim should have reasonably received a diagnosis.
Wrongful deaths lawsuits have to be filed within one year of the victim’s death. It is important to work with an experienced asbestos lawyer if filing a related case, as it is easy to miss the window of opportunity without that expertise and knowledge of the laws.
Getting California Legal Help
Keep in mind that you may qualify for substantial damages if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis. Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for info on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area . If you need additional assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.
Page Reviewed and Edited by California Mesothelioma Lawyer Jeffrey B. Simon
Jeffrey B. Simon is a founding partner of Simon Greenstone Panatier, PC and has been recognized multiple times for excellence in trial law. He is licensed to practice in California, Texas, and New York. He specializes in mesothelioma and asbestos, toxic torts, and pharmaceutical injury. Simon has been given lifetime achievement awards from America’s Top 100 Attorneys and also the Worldwide Registry of Executives and Professionals