Washington Asbestos Attorney
The Throneberry Law Group provides aggressive representation and compassionate support for individuals and families dealing with a diagnosis of mesothelioma, including Washington. Our principal attorney has intimate knowledge of this swift and devastating disease, from his proven advocacy on behalf of many clients and from the personal experience of his own father’s death.
Our dedicated team is focused on helping victims and their loved ones across Washington including Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Evertt, Federal Way, Kent, Yakima and Bellingham to recover compensation for mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer.
Individuals in Washington may be exposed to asbestos at their occupation, jobsite or home from asbestos containing materials. Occupations with a higher than normal likelihood to be exposed to asbestos include plumbers, pipefitters, boilermakers, steamfitters, electricians, mechanics and school teachers. Jobsites where there is a likelihood of asbestos exposure in Washington include shipyards, steel mills/metal works, chemical plants, power plants and oil refineries.
Power Plants in Washington Known for Asbestos Exposure
Power plants have used asbestos for its heat and fire resistance properties. Asbestos insulation was used in power plant equipment such as turbines, boilers, tanks, pumps, steam pipes, valves and other equipment throughout the power plant. As a result, workers in the utility industry were at high risk of exposure to asbestos-containing products. Power plants in Washington known for asbestos exposure include:
- Columbia Generating Station,
- City of Tacoma Power Plant,
- Hanford Nuclear Site,
- Time Oil Company in Tacoma,
- Washington Public Power Plants in Centralia, Satsup
Oil Refineries and Asbestos Exposure in Washington
Another industry with a history of asbestos usage is oil refining. People exposed to asbestos at these oil refineries may be at risk of developing mesothelioma. Oil refineries in Washington include:
- US Oil and Refining in Tacoma,
- Chevron Crackling Plant in Seattle,
- Tosco Refining and Mobil Oil in Ferndale,
- Shell Oil Refinery, Texaco Oil Refinery, Puget Sound Refining Company and Equilon in Anacortes and
- Arco Oil Refinery at Cherry Point.
Shipyards in Washington Known for Asbestos Exposure
Another industry with a history of asbestos usage is the ship building industry. Marine construction and repair workers and navy veterans often worked around or with asbestos. Some of the asbestos containing materials often found on the jobsite were boilers, insulation, turbines, pumps, gaskets and cement to name a few. Shipyards in Washington include:
- Bremerton Naval Shipyard,
- Strategic Weapons Facility,
- Duwamish Shipyard,
- Lake Union Drydock,
- Lockhead Shipyard,
- Marco Shipyard,
- Naval Station Everett,
- Puget Sound Naval Shipyard,
- Puget Sound Bridge Yards in Seattle,
- Tacoma Drydock,
- Vancouver Shipyard (Kaiser) and
- Voyage Repair Station Port Angeles.
Steel Mills and Metalworks in Washington Known for Asbestos Exposure
Industries that use electricity, heat and flames in its processes have often used asbestos in the past due to the insulating and pliable properties of asbestos. The metalworks in Washington known for asbestos exposure include:
- Columbia Aluminum,
- Alcoa Aluminum Plants in Wenatchee and Vancouver,
- Kaiser Aluminum in Spokane,
- Intalco Aluminum in Ferndale and Cherry Point,
- Columbia Aluminum and Harvey Aluminum in Goldendale and
- Reynolds Metals Aluminum Plant in Longview.
Chemical Plant Asbestos Exposure in Washington
Another industry with a history of asbestos usage is chemical manufacturing. People exposed to asbestos at these chemical plants may be at risk of developing mesothelioma. Some chemical plants in Washington include Dow Chemical Plant in Wenatchee and Chevron Chemical Plant and UNOCAL Chemical Plant in Kennewick, Washington.
Fairchild Air Force Base and Asbestos Exposure Risks in Spokane, Washington
Fairchild Air Force Base located near Spokane, Washington was established in 1942 and the facilities were built prior to the 1980s. Fairchild is home to a wide variety of missions and units with the most prominent its air refueling mission. People living and working at the base prior to the 1980s could have been exposed to or came in direct contact with asbestos containing materials(ACMs). Others who may have been exposed to ACMs include those who built the facilities at Fairchild Air Force Base. The at-risk occupations include military veterans, construction workers, welders, electricians, maintenance technicians, plumbers, mechanics, HVAC technicians.
Older Building and Residential Exposure to Asbestos in Washington
Individuals in Washington are primarily exposed to asbestos at their workplace or at home while working with asbestos containing material (ACM). ACMs, for example, were used in the construction industry and a lot of construction materials in buildings and homes. ACM for construction material included wall board, insulation, ceiling and floor tiles to name a few. The problem arises during the renovation of older building and homes and the proper safety precautions are not in place to remove the ACMs.
The asbestos at the jobsite or contained in materials is most dangerous when it is disturbed or damaged because it can become airborne and when inhaled can attach to the mesothelial lining of the lung. This exposure can result in mesothelioma, the deadly form of cancer that can affect the lining of the lungs or abdomen or the heart.
We Will Travel to You
Our lawyers will travel throughout Washington to assist victims and families. We provide a free case evaluation and there are no attorney fees unless we trace the sources of asbestos exposure and hold those parties accountable for monetary damages.
We understand the medical urgency and the financial impact of mesothelioma, asbestosis or asbestos-related lung cancer. For experienced, personalized representation during this very trying time, call us at 888-506-1131 or contact us online for a free consultation.