Oregon Mesothelioma & Asbestos Lawyers

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is prevalent in Oregon due to the historical use of asbestos in many of the state’s industries. A Mesothelioma diagnosis can result in overwhelming medical bills, lost income, and emotional distress for the diagnosee and their loved ones. Unfortunately, many individuals affected by this devastating illness could have avoided it if manufacturers and users had disclosed the hazards of asbestos.

At Bergman Oslund Udo Little, our dedicated asbestos attorneys understand the profound impact of mesothelioma on our community. Our team is dedicated to helping victims of mesothelioma in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to start your claim.

Why Choose Bergman Oslund Udo Little for Your Mesothelioma Claim?

Since 1995, our Mesothelioma Attorneys in our Portland law office have represented those harmed by the negligence of asbestos manufacturers. Our client-centric approach means we treat every case like family, providing tailored advocacy and strong legal representation.

Due to the intricate nature of asbestos claims, big manufacturers often fight against the rightful claims of ailing workers, who otherwise would face undue financial hardship on top of their ailments. Despite this, we have a proven track record of securing results for our clients, including:

Our founding attorney Matthew Bergman has represented over 850 mesothelioma clients and is actively involved in legislative efforts to shape asbestos litigation law.

Compensation Options for Oregon Asbestos Victims

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Oregon, our lawyers are here to assist you in seeking compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other related damages. We will help you identify where you were exposed to asbestos and which manufacturers are responsible for your exposure. Apart from lawsuits, we can also guide you through alternative compensation options such as asbestos trust fund or VA claims.

Mesothelioma Lawsuits

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have the legal right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the company or entity responsible for exposing you to asbestos. A successful lawsuit can provide compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

In the case that a loved one has passed away from mesothelioma, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. This lawsuit can cover medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and other related damages.

Asbestos Trust Funds

Over the years, numerous companies responsible for exposing people to asbestos have declared bankruptcy. However, these companies were required to establish trust funds as part of their bankruptcy reorganization to compensate future victims.

Victims of asbestos exposure and their families can receive compensation by filing a claim against one or more of these asbestos trust funds. This process can save them the time and effort of a lengthy court trial. Every trust has its own set of guidelines and payment schedules. While filing a claim might offer faster compensation than a lawsuit, the amount of compensation could be lower than what is obtained in court.

VA Mesothelioma Claims

Military veterans, especially those who served in the U.S. Navy, may have been exposed to asbestos during their service. If the exposure occurred while in the military, the Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes mesothelioma as a service-connected condition.

If you have recently received a mesothelioma diagnosis, our team of experienced asbestos attorneys in Oregon is here to help. We understand your unique situation and will work diligently to manage the legal details of your case to ensure that you receive the justice you deserve while you focus on your health and family. Don’t let time limit your rights; contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

How Long Do I Have To File a Claim?

In Oregon, the statute of limitations for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit typically starts from the date of diagnosis.

For personal injury claims related to asbestos exposure, you generally have two years from the date of the diagnosis to file a lawsuit.

If the patient has passed away, the family has three years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim.

However, laws and regulations can change, and individual circumstances can affect these timelines. It’s essential to contact an Oregon mesothelioma lawyer promptly to understand your specific rights and deadlines.

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Asbestos Exposure in Oregon

Most asbestos exposures occurred in the past, but some Oregonians may continue to be exposed through legacy asbestos, which has remained in place since asbestos was in common use. The most common sources of asbestos exposure include the following:

Shipyards and Drydocks: One of the most common sources of asbestos exposure in the Pacific Northwest, older ships in ports, drydocks, and dismantling facilities are known to carry asbestos in their components. Some notable examples include:

Power Plants: Power plants have historically been among the most common asbestos exposure sites. In Oregon, several power plants have been identified as places where workers might have been exposed to asbestos:

Mills, Factories, and Industrial Sites: Due to its insulative and heat-resistant properties, asbestos was used in many applications in paper mills & other factories around Oregon.

Schools and Universities: In Oregon, as in many other states, schools and universities constructed before the 1980s often incorporated asbestos-containing building materials.

Military and Air Bases: Military bases in Oregon historically utilized asbestos in construction and equipment for its heat-resistant properties. Military personnel and workers at these bases may have been at risk for asbestos exposure, especially during maintenance, renovations, or daily operations.

Oil Refineries: Asbestos was a popular building material in oil refineries due to its fire-retardant nature. Some known refineries that contain asbestos in Oregon include:

Other Areas of Exposure:

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Oregon Jobs at Risk of Asbestos Exposure

In Oregon, as in many other states, certain jobs and industries historically carried a higher risk of asbestos exposure due to the nature of the work and the materials used. Some of the jobs in Oregon most at risk for asbestos exposure included:

If someone in Oregon believes they were exposed to asbestos during their employment, it’s crucial to monitor their health and consult with a medical professional, especially if they experience any symptoms consistent with asbestos-related diseases.

What Occupations in Oregon Are at the Highest Risk of Exposure?

Occupations that are at high risk of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma in Oregon include pipefitters, boilermakers, insulators, brake mechanics, electricians, construction workers and shipyard workers.

Vanessa Firnhaber Oslund – Partner, Bergman Oslund Udo Little, PLLC

Find Treatment for Mesothelioma in Oregon

Mesothelioma is a rare disease, and most oncologists lack experience treating it. You will get the best results at a facility specializing in mesothelioma treatment. Luckily, there are a number of doctors and treatment centers located in Oregon and Washington.

Schedule a Free Consultation with an Oregon Mesothelioma Lawyer Today.

When you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, our compassionate and experienced Oregon mesothelioma lawyers will be there for you. We will work closely with you so we can understand your needs and goals, fully tell the story of how mesothelioma has impacted you and your family, negotiate settlements, and handle all of your legal details for you. 

Don’t let the statute of limitations expire before you get the justice you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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