Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is a frightening experience. Many people find themselves unable to pay the medical bills that accrue. One of the best steps to take in these situations is to obtain the assistance of a compassionate and experienced attorney. At the Throneberry Law Group, we understand intimately just how devastating a mesothelioma diagnosis can be on the victim and his or her loved ones. Not only has our principal attorney helped many mesothelioma victims obtain the compensation they deserve, but he also lost his father-in-law to the devastating disease.
We help mesothelioma victims throughout Montana and the whole United States. Some of the people we have helped have lived in Anaconda, Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Havre Helena, Kalispell, Miles City, and Missoula.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that approximately 190 residents of Montana died from mesothelioma between 1999 and 2015. One of the reasons why Montana’s mesothelioma rate is much higher than the national average is that many industries used large amounts of asbestos before it was discovered that the material can lead to several deadly medical conditions. Because asbestos still remains in many areas throughout Montana, workers who are engaged in the mining, oil refinery, power plant, sugar, and paper industries are at substantial risk of being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Many other types of workers, including school teachers, are also at risk of being diagnosed with the condition.Asbestos Exposure at Montana Power Plants
Asbestos is both flame and electric current resistant, which is why many Montana power plants used it as a building material. Some of the power plants in Montana where workers were exposed to asbestos include:
- Colstrip Power Plant
- J.E. Corrette Steam Plant
- Lewis & Clark Power Plant
- Missoula Electric Cooperative
- Montana Power Plant
There are a number of oil refineries in Montana. Before the dangers of asbestos were widely known, the oil refinery industry also depended heavily on asbestos to act as an insulator. Some of the oil refineries in Montana where individuals are known to have been exposed to asbestos include:
- American Smelting & Refining
- Conoco Oil Refinery
- Farmer’s Union Co-Op Oil
- Laurel Oil and Refining Company
The metal work industry also valued asbestos for many years due to the material’s heat resistant abilities. One of the metal works in Montana where workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos is Anaconda Aluminum in Columbia Falls.Montana Mines and Asbestos Exposure
For many years, Montana’s Libby Mines were one of the most productive vermiculite mines in the country. Unfortunately, while vermiculite was used in numerous types of materials, the substance also turned out to contain a particularly deadly form of asbestos. As a result, the rate of mesothelioma deaths in the areas surrounding Libby increased significantly. Some of the other mines in Montana where individuals are known to have been at risk of asbestos exposure include:
- The Anaconda Copper Mining Company
- The National Mining and Exploring Company
- The Stillwater Mining Company
- United Sierra Division of the Cyprus Mines Corporation
Montana contains 19 catalogued asbestos mines. There are also many buildings and structures that still contain asbestos from the days when the substance was used in a variety of building materials. Asbestos, however, is not dangerous unless it is disturbed. If disrupted, asbestos fibers can be shaken loose and inhaled by individuals. These fibers then become lodged in the lining of a person’s vital organs, which can lead to several forms of deadly cancer.Our Legal Counsel Will Travel to You
Our legal counsel understands just how challenging it can be to receive a mesothelioma diagnosis. If you are unable to travel, we are prepared to meet with you wherever is convenient. We do not ask for any attorney’s fees up front, which means that you can focus on your health while we take the steps necessary to pursue compensation from the party or parties responsible for exposing you to asbestos. Contact our law firm today by calling (888) 506-1131 or you can also schedule an initial case evaluation with us online.