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Washington Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawyers

Washington is home to numerous industries that utilized asbestos in their day-to-day operations, exposing untold numbers of workers to the hazardous material. From our office in downtown Seattle, Bergman Oslund Udo Little helps Washington residents harmed by exposure to asbestos seek justice against the companies responsible for their injuries.

There are many locations in various cities across Washington state that are known to be contaminated with asbestos, such as Seattle, Olympia, Centralia, Skagit, Spokane, Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue, Wenatchee, and Bremerton. King County, Pierce County, and Kitsap County have some of the highest annual rates of mesothelioma diagnosis.

Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, a deadly cancer affecting workers and residents throughout Washington. Many of those suffering from mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases also face the burden of overwhelming medical bills.

Our dedicated asbestos lawyers at our Seattle law office can help you fight for the compensation you deserve if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos. Our experienced legal team has given our clients the voice they need to secure millions in settlements and verdicts. 

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Why Is Mesothelioma So Prevalent in Washington?

Unfortunately, Washington State has one of the highest incidences of mesothelioma in the country.  These high rates are likely because many of the industries in Washington historically used a lot of asbestos containing materials.  In particular, shipyards in the Puget Sound area, including Todd, Lockheed and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, used massive amounts of asbestos insulation when building ships.  The Pacific Northwest is also home to many paper mills and refineries, operations in which asbestos was used for many purposes.  Accordingly, all of the workers – and often their family members – ended up exposed to asbestos.

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

Why Choose Us?

Since we opened our doors in 1995, we have been winning cases on behalf of our clients. We offer personalized representation and let clients and their families focus on getting the care they need while we pursue justice on their behalf. We pride ourselves on getting the best outcomes for our clients and their families. These court verdicts and settlements allow our clients to pay their medical bills, get the best care possible, and know their families will be cared for after they are gone.

Our team has worked on hundreds of cases representing the spectrum of asbestos-exposure circumstances. Our clients came to us with various work histories and health effects from asbestos exposure. Such as:

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Compensation Options for Washington Asbestos Victims

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s important to understand the legal options for seeking compensation. In most cases, those diagnosed pursue compensation through mesothelioma lawsuits, asbestos trust fund claims, or VA mesothelioma claims. Learn about the different legal options below.

Mesothelioma Lawsuits

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is your 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 situations where a family member has passed away due to mesothelioma, you may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. This claim can cover medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and other related damages.

Asbestos Trust Funds

Over the years, several 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.

By filing a claim against an asbestos trust fund, victims or their families can receive compensation without going through a lengthy court trial. Each trust has its own guidelines and payment schedules. While it may offer faster compensation than a lawsuit, the amount of compensation might be lower than what could be obtained in court.

VA Mesothelioma Claims

Military veterans, especially U.S. Navy veterans, were often exposed to asbestos during their service. The Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes mesothelioma as a service-connected condition if the exposure occurred during military service.

Mesothelioma can cause severe health issues, and although compensation cannot reverse its effects, it can help ease the financial burden and bring a sense of justice to you and your family.

Our Washington mesothelioma lawyers have decades of experience with all legal avenues for recovering compensation due to illness caused by asbestos exposure. We can guide you through the process and help you choose the best course of action.

How Long Do I Have To File a Claim in Washington?

In Washington state, for mesothelioma or asbestos-related claims, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit starts from the date of diagnosis.

Always consult a local Washington asbestos attorney to get the most accurate and up-to-date information about your situation.

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Washington Asbestos Exposure Sites

Many of our clients were exposed to asbestos at job sites throughout Washington. That’s because the specific industries that thrive in Washington put workers at a high risk of asbestos exposure. Countless workers at industrial sites, building sites, and military installations have experienced asbestos exposure that caused mesothelioma. The most common places for asbestos exposure in Washington include:

What Are Some of the Most Common Locations for Asbestos Exposure in Washington?

Many of our clients are Navy veterans who have been exposed to asbestos onboard ships or at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.  We also see a lot of asbestos exposures at other shipyards including Lockheed, Todd, and Lake Union.  Other common sites for asbestos exposure include Washington’s many refineries, pulp and paper mills, and power plants.

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

Shipyards: Hazardous workplaces like Bremerton’s Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Seattle’s Todd Pacific Shipyards exposed workers to asbestos.

Power Plants: The Hanford Nuclear Site in Benton County is known to contain asbestos.

Paper Mills: Companies like Weyerhaeuser, Georgia-Pacific, and International Paper used asbestos insulation in their paper mills, leading to workers’ asbestos-related diseases.

Waterways: The EPA monitors Swift Creek and the Sumas River in Whatcom County for asbestos residue from Asbestos-Talc Products of Washington’s quarry.

Other Work Sites in Washington with asbestos exposure include:

Washington Jobs at Risk of Asbestos Exposure

While asbestos exposure can happen anywhere in Washington, most people who end up developing mesothelioma are exposed in the workplace. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an estimated 27 million workers in the U.S. were exposed to aerosolized asbestos fibers between 1940 and 1979.

Some occupations put workers at higher risk of mesothelioma due to increased exposure to asbestos found in certain job sites or materials. Those who work in professions with a high risk of asbestos exposure are at a greater risk of developing mesothelioma. Jobs in Washington that are the most at risk for exposure include:

It’s important to note that although some regulations have since been put to restrict the use of asbestos workers from these industries are still being diagnosed today due to the long latency period of the disease.

If you worked in an industry or at a job site in Washington known as a source of asbestos exposure, we can help. Contact our Washington asbestos lawyers today for a free consultation.

Schedule Your Free Consultation with a Trusted Washington Mesothelioma Lawyer Today.

As a leading Washington-based mesothelioma and asbestos exposure law firm, Bergman Oslund Udo Little boasts an impressive track record with extensive experience in challenging cases, from jury trials to appeals.

Deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest, our attorneys are well-acquainted with major asbestos risk sites, backed by our comprehensive database of known asbestos exposure sites in Washington. We passionately represent veterans and locals alike in understanding their unique challenges. Call us today at 206-957-9510 for a free, no-obligation case review to embark on your journey towards justice.

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