At The Throneberry Law Group, our dedicated legal representation for the victims of mesothelioma and their loved ones is unique. Behind our compassionate legal representation is a principal attorney who, after losing his father-in-law to the disease, understands just how devastating it can be.
We offer legal representation to individuals in Alaska and throughout the United States. Over the years, we have helped mesothelioma victims in Anchorage, Glennallen, Juneau, and Ketchikan obtain the compensation they deserve from the parties responsible for their asbestos exposure.
Unfortunately, Alaska residents are exposed to asbestos on a daily basis at work and at home. The Centers for Disease Control reports that Alaska has a mesothelioma death rate of approximately 21 people out of every million annually. Workers in the manufacturing, construction, power plants, oil refineries, shipbuilding, and military industries are at the greatest risk of being exposed to asbestos. Many other workers including elementary school teachers are also at risk of being exposed to harmful substance.Asbestos Exposure at Alaska Power Plants
Before the use of asbestos was largely discontinued because it was discovered to cause cancer, power plants relied on the material due to its heat-resistant properties. Some of the power plants in Alaska where workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos include the following:
- Aurora Power
- Beluga Power Station
- Bernice Lake Powerhouse
- Carl E. Bailey Generating Station
- Chugach Electric
- Golden Valley Power Plant
- Matanuska Electric Association
The ship building industry also used asbestos in numerous ways because of the substance’s fire and heat resistant nature. Today, asbestos can still be found in many structures at shipyards. One shipyard in Alaska where workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos is the Seward Ship’s Drydock.Alaska Oil Refineries and Asbestos Exposure
Because oil refineries rely on intense heat and flames, this industry also used a great deal of asbestos until the substance was deemed hazardous to workers’ health. Some of the oil refineries in Alaska where workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos include ARCO Alaska, Petro Star, Tesoro Alaska Company, and Williams Alaska Petroleum.Daily Exposure to Asbestos by Alaska Residents
At home and on the job, many Alaska residents are exposed to asbestos-containing materials on a daily basis. Not only is naturally-occurring asbestos common in Alaska, asbestos still remains all around us as insulation, floor tiles, and other types of building materials in a large number of structures.
It is important to understand, however, that asbestos is not dangerous unless or moved or disrupted. When asbestos is disturbed, its fibers comes loose in the air. After being inhaled, asbestos fibers can end up lodged in a person’s abdomen, heart, or lungs. Many people are not even aware that they have been exposed to asbestos until years later when a mesothelioma or other type of cancer diagnosis is made.Speak With a Mesothelioma Attorney
Throughout your case, our legal team will stay committed to making sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. If you are unable to travel to meet with us, we will meet with you anywhere you are to discuss your case. During a free consultation, we will also take the steps necessary to determine your best strategy for pursuing a legal action. Contact our law office today by calling (888) 506-1131. You can also contact us online to schedule a free consultation.