Salt Lake City Mesothelioma Attorney
Early white settlers almost immediately realized that if Salt Lake City was to survive, it needed a strong and self-sustaining economy. The surrounding mountains and the arrival of the transcontinental railroad created many mining and manufacturing opportunities. These profitable industries depended not only on the hard work of ordinary people but also on asbestos. This cheap and efficient fireproofing material had a dark side that many companies were all too willing to ignore.
That dark side includes the risk of mesothelioma and other serious illnesses. If one of these illnesses has touched your family, the driven Salt Lake City mesothelioma attorneys at the Throneberry Law Group do whatever it takes to obtain the compensation and justice you deserve. Financial compensation helps victims fight their illnesses and make the most of a future that has been taken from them. Justice means holding polluting companies responsible for the injuries they cause.Utah Asbestos Hotspots
Before 2002, workers extracted asbestos from quartzite at Millard County’s Tremolite No. 1 Mine. The workers who handled asbestos were at risk for serious illness. So are the employees who worked in the office or maintained mining machines.
The mine shipped much of this asbestos to other states and even other countries. Other asbestos supplies went to local industries, mostly energy companies, such as:
- Big Sandwash Reservoir Hydro,
- Bloomington Power Plant,
- Castle Gate/Carbon Power Plant,
- Desert Power LP,
- Ephraim City Hydro Plant No. 3,
- Gadsby Power Plant,
- Heber Light and Power Company,
- Hunter Power Plant,
- Huntington Power Plant,
- Intermountain Power Project,
- Salt Lake City Refinery,
- Intermountain Waste Oil Refinery,
- Lagoon Cogeneration Facility,
- Lake Side Power Plant,
- Lone Peak Partners Power,
- Millcreek Power Generation,
- Murray Turbine,
- Naughton Power Plant,
- Nebo Power Station,
- Quail Creek Hydro Plant #1,
- Sunnyside Cogen Associates,
- Wasatch Energy Systems,
- North Salt Lake Refinery, and
- Woods Cross Refinery.
Energy companies used considerable amounts of asbestos to reduce the risk of fires and plant explosions. The substance they used to reduce these risks was so dangerous that asbestos use was, at best, a zero-sum game.
Extensive asbestos use in Salt Lake City also created many secondhand exposure victims. People who lived with or near at-risk workers never wore any PPE (personal protective equipment) when they came into contact with workers, their vehicles, or their clothes.Your Legal Options
In many cases, a Salt Lake City mesothelioma attorney may file a civil claim on behalf of primary and secondary victims. These civil claims usually assert one of three causes of action:
- Failure to Warn: Asbestos producers and other companies have a legal duty to warn customers about known adverse side effects. This warning must be proportionate to the risk, clearly presented, and in a language the victim understands.
- Design Defect: Companies knew asbestos-laced products were dangerous when these products were on the drawing board. Because they ignored a known risk simply to make money, strict liability applies in these cases.
- Manufacturing Defect: Companies are also strictly liable for manufacturing defects. Most asbestos cross-contamination matters are manufacturing defect claims. The maker is legally responsible for products throughout the manufacturing, shipping, and most of the storage process.
Civil claims against asbestos providers are very complex. Nevertheless, a Salt Lake City mesothelioma lawyer normally settles these cases out of court and on victim-friendly terms.
If the responsible asbestos provider is no longer in business, a victim compensation fund claim might be an option. When they ceased operations, asbestos providers normally made sizable contributions to VCFs, which today hold more than $30 billion.Reach Out to a Dedicated Salt Lake City Mesothelioma Attorney
Direct and indirect asbestos exposure victims have several legal options. For a free consultation with an experienced Salt Lake City mesothelioma lawyer, contact the Throneberry Law Group. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.