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Asbestos use in Alaska: knowing where you may have been exposed

Alaska has been the home of many booming industries for decades. Unfortunately, in the 20thcentury, some businesses began including asbestos in their workplaces or products. The dangers of asbestos were largely unknown except for the companies mining, manufacturing, and disturbing it. So, for decades, Alaskans were exposed to asbestos, and many died because of it.

Weitz & Luxenberg believes that this was an outrageous case of negligence on the part of the asbestos companies. We would like to help you seek financial compensation from them. Weitz & Luxenberg has been helping individuals such as yourself receive financial compensation for medical bills, travel expenses, and all other financial needs for over twenty years.

Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

Alaskan asbestos statistics

From the year 1979 to 2001, in all counties of Alaska there have been approximately 108 deaths as a result of asbestosis and mesothelioma (both are directly caused by asbestos exposure). This number does not include deaths as a result of other asbestos-related diseases (EWG).

Possible locations of exposure in Alaska

U.S. Naval Base of Kodiak

Established in 1939, the naval base of Kodiak Alaska was used as a World War II post. The base continued to operate even after Alaska was inducted into the United States. In 1971, the navy left the base (Kadiak).

Naval bases erected prior to the year 1980 tend to contain heavy amounts of asbestos. Asbestos was used to fireproof and insulate, which helped the boilers, engines, and pipes of warships operate more efficiently.

If you worked at this naval base, you may have been exposed to the asbestos that caused your illness. Contact our law firm for more information.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.

Founded in 1970 after oil was discovered in Prudhoe Bay in the North Slope of Alaska, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company created the Trans-Alaskan pipeline. This legendary pipeline goes across the state of Alaska and carries crude oil to the port of Valdez. Many pipefitters set to work on creating this pipeline, and during their work many were inevitably exposed to asbestos. Asbestos was used heavily to insulate pipes prior to the late 1970’s (Alyeska-Pipe.com).

If you believe you were exposed during your work on a pipeline, contact our law firm for information on your options.

Sitka Paper Mill of Anchorage

Because asbestos was used in factories such as paper mills, Sitka Paper Mill is considered to be a site of possible exposure. Certain machines and products used in factories prior to the late 1970’s contained asbestos, and people who worked in these factories (with little to no ventilation) have a high risk of developing asbestos-related diseases (Pic.int).

If you worked at the Sitka Paper Mill or any other mill in Alaska, give us a call at (800) 476-6070. We can help you figure out if this was the location that caused your illness.

How Weitz & Luxenberg can help

Although our firmis based in New York City, we have the resources to help people based in every state of the union. We have been helping people just like you with asbestos-related cases for over 20 years.

Weitz & Luxenberg has knowledge about the companies that knowingly exposed individuals like you or your family members to asbestos. We can help you who made you ill.

Let us fight with you in order to make sure you get just compensation you deserve. This compensation can help cover medical bills, travel expenses, and all other expenses for you and for your family.

Contact us by filling out the confidential form on this page. After sending the form, a representative will be in touch to provide you with a free, legal consultation.

Sources

EWG: http://www.ewg.org/sites/asbestos/tables/deathdetails_county.php?fips=02000

Kadiak: http://www.kadiak.org

Alyeska-Pipe.com: http://www.alyeska-pipe.com/about.html

 

 

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