When people think of Las Vegas, they think of resorts, casinos, concerts, and conventions. Many of the city’s entertainment buildings and venues were built during a time in which asbestos was used extensively in construction materials. Because of this and other workplace asbestos use, thousands of residents and workers in Las Vegas experienced harmful exposure.
If you or a loved one suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for substantial compensation. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in Las Vegas, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more.
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Las Vegas Asbestos Facts
- In Nevada between 1999 and 2013, nearly 1,400 people died from asbestos-related diseases.
- Clark County and Las Vegas accounted for more than half of these deaths.
- The desert around Las Vegas has naturally-occurring asbestos. Stirring up the fibers can cause exposure.
Clark Station, also known as the Edward J. Clark Generation Station, is one of the oldest steam-generation power plants in Nevada. Although renovated since it opened in the 1950s, the original plant was built with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).
Crocidolite asbestos, in particular, was used exensively at Clark Station for its heat-resistance and insulation properties. Also known as blue asbestos, Crocidolite is one of the most deadly types of the mineral, and has been linked with malignant mesothelioma.
Flamingo Hotel and Casino
In 2007, over 30 years after the EPA’s regulations on asbestos use, the Flamingo Hotel and Casino underwent state and federal investigations for asbestos. ACMs had been disturbed during a remodeling project. Workers and guests at the hotel were placed at risk of inhaling airborne asbestos fibers.
Harrah’s Casino is yet another establishment that faced state and federal investigations after 12 asbestos violations in 2006. The casino was ordered to pay $6,390 in fines, but its biggest loss may come in the form of a 2009 asbestos lawsuit filed by a former employee, Eddie Savannah.
Savannah was laid off from Harrah’s in 2009. He claimed part of the reason for his layoff is that he was forced to fire another employee, Fred Frazetta, who was accused of alerting officials about the casino’s asbestos violations.
Savannah’s lawsuit also claimed he was exposed to asbestos for prolonged periods of time, leaving himself and his family susceptible to life-threatening diseases. His young son is now suffering from chest pain, weakness, wheezing, and difficulties in breathing.
After investigations, Nevada’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that asbestos was disturbed during remodeling and renovation on the casino. OSHA also discovered that the casino failed to provide workers with the proper safety gear and clothing. The investigation found asbestos in the showroom ceiling, the basement area, the laundry room, and the casino entrance.
Asbestos is a natural mineral that is often found dispersed in other minerals and rocks. Ongoing studies have found asbestos and asbestos-like minerals in areas surrounding Las Vegas, as close as 15 miles. Approximately 20 percent of the surface area of Clark County contains these minerals.
Researchers at the University of Nevada Las Vegas investigated cancer rates in Clark County. The evidence proved that in Las Vegas and the surrounding area, residents experienced environmental exposure to asbestos at rates that are higher than normal. This has the potential to be a major public health issue.
Additional Nevada Job Sites Associated with Asbestos
Many buildings and workplaces in Las Vegas have either contributed to asbestos exposure in the past or still pose a risk today:
- Desert Inn Hotel
- Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas Strip
- Stardust Resort and Casino
- Tropicana Hotel
- Hacienda Hotel
- Sahara Hotel Tower
- Thunderbird Hotel
- Four Queens Hotel
- Dunes Hotel and Casino
- Owl Construction Co.
- White Concrete
- Better Building Co.
- Colorado-Nevada Construction Co.
- George W. Fox Construction
- WH Smith Co.
- Whaley and Sons Inc.
- Nellis Air Force Base
Other Job Sites
- Union Pacific Railroad
- Allas Motors Volkswagen
- D&D Steel Inc.
- Gaubin Import Center
- North Las Vegas Shopping Center
- Fiberboard Paper Products Corp.
- Southern Nevada Power Co. (currently known as NV Energy)
Cancer Treatment in Las Vegas
For mesothelioma and any other asbestos-related cancer, the Nevada Comprehensive Cancer Center provides numerous innovative treatment options, along with clinical trials and ongoing research:
Central Valley location:
3730 S. Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV, 89169
Northwest Nevada location:
7445 Peak Drive,
Las Vegas, NV, 89128
Additional Resources and Legal Help in Las Vegas
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Page Reviewed and Edited by Mesothelioma Attorney Paul Danziger
Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.