San Francisco Mesothelioma Lawyer

San Francisco is the name given to both the city and county in northern California, and it is the only consolidated city-county in the state. It’s one of the oldest settled cities on the U.S. West Coast. Although San Francisco’s modern economy is primarily based on tourism and high technology digital businesses, older industries such as shipbuilding, construction, and energy production have links to America’s asbestos problem. As a result, many individuals have been exposed to asbestos in their workplace and developed illnesses such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma cancer.

Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for significant compensation. Fill out 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.

San Francisco Job Sites With Known Asbestos Issues

San Francisco was founded by Spanish settlers as a Catholic mission in 1776. Its growth as a major city in Northern California began during the Gold Rush of the late 1840s and 1850s. Its location on the Pacific coast made it ideal as a major port, naval base, and a hub for the shipbuilding industry.

By the late 1890s, San Francisco was the eighth largest city in the U.S., with a multitude of modern industries that used large amounts of asbestos. This trend of using asbestos as either a construction additive or a fire retardant/insulator in vehicles and machinery grew after the city’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake, ending only in the late 1970s and early 1980s after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) linked the toxic mineral to asbestosis, lung cancer, and malignant mesothelioma.

The city’s post-quake recovery period and the two World Wars of the 20th Century contributed heavily to San Francisco’s asbestos problems. The need to rebuild three quarters of the city resulted in the construction of many buildings and homes with building materials infused with asbestos.

Roofing materials, cement, steam pipes, and insulation made with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs)) were just some of the many items used by builders throughout much of the 20th Century. Assured by the asbestos industry that its products were safe, private industry and the U.S. government used ACMs in liberal amounts to modernize San Francisco and reduce loss of property and human lives to fires.

As a result, many San Francisco area job sites exposed their workers to asbestos. Among them were various shipyards, power stations, and petroleum storage or refining facilities. including:

  • Bethlehem Steel Shipyard – San Francisco
  • Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
  • Moore Drydock
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Power Plant
  • San Francisco Dry Dock Company
  • San Francisco Naval Shipyard
  • Shell-Martinez Oil Refinery
  • Todd Shipyard
  • Treasure Island Naval Station

These facilities were heavy users of ACMs derived from asbestos supplied by Johns Manville and the W.R. Grace mining company. Power plant workers, shipbuilders, sailors, pipelayers, and dockyard engineers were constantly exposed to asbestos fibers, especially during World War II. In addition, many U.S. service personnel were shipped overseas from San Francisco, which was a major point of embarkation for the Pacific Theater of Operations. Thus, hundreds of thousands of Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps personnel were exposed to asbestos in transit to and from the battlefront.

All the military bases in the San Francisco area with major asbestos issues were decommissioned during the 1990s as a result of the Cold War’s end in 1989.

Asbestos was widely used in other industries. Until the late 1970s and early 1980s, asbestos-derived products could be found almost everywhere. Auto repair shops, lumber mills, aircraft repair facilities, ship terminals, and airports all used ACMs in various ways. Almost any piece of equipment that was operated with heat or was affected by friction usually had parts made from asbestos. In addition, many San Francisco public buildings, including courthouses, government facilities, and schools all used asbestos to prevent or at least reduce damage from fire and high temperatures.

San Francisco Medical Treatment

Dr. David M. Jablon, MD
University of California – San Francisco (Mt. Zion Campus)
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
1600 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 885-3882 (appointments)

Dr. Thierry Marie Jahan, MD
University of California – San Francisco (Mt. Zion Campus)
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
1600 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 885-3882 (appointments)

Dr. Mark R. Cullen, MD
1265 Welch Road
MSOB X-338 MC 5414
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 721-6209

Getting Legal Help in San Francisco

As mentioned earlier, if you or a loved one suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be eligible for compensation for your losses. Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for info on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area. If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact us at 800-793-4540. 


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