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There are many people in the state who could use the assistance of a Nevada mesothelioma lawyer because of exposure to asbestos and resulting illness. These victims of asbestos exposure suffered from mesothelioma as a result of someone else’s negligence, often an employer or large company. They deserve to get justice and to get adequate compensation for medical bills and other expenses.

In Nevada, the in number of deaths related to asbestos exposure that occurred between 1999 and 2013 was over 1,000. Because the state is mostly rural, it has not seen numbers as high as some other states, but people have still suffered because of asbestos exposure on the job, in casinos and older buildings, and because of contaminated vermiculite from a mine in Montana that was processed in Nevada.

Natural Deposits of Asbestos in Nevada

Asbestos has never been mined in Nevada, but according to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are natural deposits scattered throughout the state. Naturally-occurring asbestos can pose a risk to residents because if it gets disturbed it can become airborne and contaminate soil, water, and air, leading to exposure. Fortunately for Nevada, the state has large areas with very low population densities. The deposits largely remain undisturbed by mining, roadbuilding, and construction and these natural deposits have not posed a big risk in the state.

Tainted Vermiculite and Asbestos Exposure

Workplace exposure has always been the biggest source of harmful asbestos for Nevada residents and one of the worst instances of people being exposed on the job occurred over decades of working with vermiculite from Libby, Montana. The mine produced vermiculite, a mineral used in many products, between the 1950s and 1990. All of the vermiculite it produced and shipped to processing facilities around the country was contaminated with naturally-occurring asbestos.

In Nevada, the vermiculite from Libby went to at least three different manufacturing companies using it to make drywall. Workers at U.S. Gypsum Company, Pabco Gypsum/Johns Manville, and Flintkote, were all put at risk of being exposed to asbestos on the job. Residents living nearby these facilities were also put at risk of exposure. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) visited each of the former drywall plants and found that the levels of asbestos were low enough to no longer pose a risk to residents in the area.

Construction, Tourism, and Asbestos

The biggest industries in the state of Nevada, especially in recent decades, are tourism and construction. People visit to see the attractions and casinos in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, but the state has also been a popular place to live and new construction boomed in the 1990s and early 2000s. Along with new construction there has been a lot of renovation and remodeling of older homes and buildings, many of which contain asbestos. Anyone working in construction, from carpenters and contractors to electricians and plumbers, are at risk of being exposed to asbestos while working on these buildings and homes.

Casinos are among the most popular attractions in Nevada, but they have proven to be large sources of asbestos exposure. In Las Vegas, more than 30 casinos have filed paperwork for asbestos abatement projects. Not all of these projects have been conducted responsibly and safely. In 2007 the Flamingo Hotel and Casino was investigated for potentially remodeling in such a way that exposed workers and guests to asbestos. Harrah’s has also faced scrutiny over asbestos work and has been fined more than once for violating safe asbestos handling rules. An employee of Harrah’s sued the casino, claiming he completed an entire renovation project without being told there was asbestos.

Other Sites in Nevada with Asbestos

Several other industries and workplaces in Nevada have been sources of asbestos that exposed workers and residents. Numerous power plants in the state, several chemical companies, and military sites have been significant sources of asbestos and exposure. The following is a small sample of these sites that are known to have had asbestos and to have put people at risk of getting sick.

  • American Potash and Chemical Corporation, Henderson
  • Stauffer Chemical Company, Henderson and Las Vegas
  • Titanium Chemical Plant, Henderson
  • Mohave Power Station, Laughlin
  • Clark Station, Las Vegas
  • Dixie Valley Power Plant, Reno
  • Nevada Power Company, Las Vegas
  • Reid Gardner Power Plant, Moapa
  • Steed Air Force Base, Reno
  • Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas
  • Desert Inn Hotel, Las Vegas
  • Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas
  • Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas
  • McNeil Construction Company, Henderson
  • S. Lime Products Corporation, Henderson

Nevada’s Asbestos Laws

Nevada follows all federal laws regarding asbestos as set by the EPA and other agencies. There are also state laws and local and county laws regarding how asbestos is to be handled, abated, and disposed. For example, in Las Vegas, any demolition or renovation project cannot begin until the Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management has been notified in writing. Each project must first be inspected by a professional certified under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. The state of Nevada sets regulations in addition to county-level rules, including rules for disposing of asbestos, for getting certified as an asbestos inspector, and for transporting and containing asbestos.

Health Care for Cancer in Nevada

Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos in Nevada must be aware of the health risks it poses and should be screened for related illnesses like mesothelioma and asbestosis. Getting excellent care for these illnesses is crucial, and although there are no National Cancer Institute-designated cancer care centers in the state, there are facilities that provide cutting edge cancer treatment. The Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada in the Las Vegas area is a great option for screening, diagnosis, and treatment for mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer.

Statute of Limitations

If you find that you developed mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis and you believe you were negligently exposed to asbestos, you may want to file a lawsuit against those responsible for your illness. To do so, you need to be sure you don’t wait too long, or you risk missing your opportunity. In Nevada, you have just two years from the time you are diagnosed to file that lawsuit, so it is crucial to act as soon as you find out you are sick. You can also file a lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one, but this also has a statute of limitations. You must file within the two years after the time of death.

Find a Nevada Mesothelioma Lawyer

To file one of those lawsuits, it is important to work with a good Nevada mesothelioma lawyer so that you get the expert advice and guidance you need to make a strong case capable of winning in a settlement or trial. Filing a lawsuit and following through with it isn’t easy, especially if you are sick. Let a Nevada mesothelioma lawyer be your guide and advocate and take on the more challenging tasks so you can focus on healing. Look for a professional or a legal team who has worked with mesothelioma patients before and has won for these clients.

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