Nevada Asbestos-Related Deaths from 1999-2017
Asbestos Exposure in Nevada
Nevada is a popular tourism and mining location. Asbestos exposure in Nevada typically occurs in industrial facilities, such as chemical plants and power plants. Exposure has also occurred in older buildings, like hotels and casinos.
Power Plants and Asbestos Exposure
Industrial companies used asbestos materials to insulate equipment because of its heat resistant properties and its affordability. Power plants used asbestos to insulate electrical wires and conduits. Workers in power plants may have been exposed to asbestos while operating, maintaining, or repairing asbestos-insulated equipment.
Vermiculite and Asbestos
Refineries in Nevada also received shipments of asbestos-contaminated vermiculite from the W.R. Grace Mine in Libby, Montana. Several drywall manufacturers in Nevada processed tons of the contaminated vermiculite. Workers who handled or processed the tainted vermiculite were exposed to toxic asbestos fibers. Exposure to these toxic fibers can lead to the development of deadly asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Asbestos in Hotels and Casinos
Asbestos was widely used in construction materials in many of the hotels, casinos, businesses, and residences in Nevada. Construction and maintenance workers may have been exposed to asbestos during the repair or demolition of these structures. Asbestos is often found in construction materials such as flooring tiles, insulation, and roof shingles.
The Flamingo Hotel and Casino and Harrah’s Casinos have received asbestos violations for failing to adhere to proper asbestos safety procedures during remodeling projects. Workers and visitors at the casinos may have been exposed to asbestos fibers that became airborne during remodeling at the facilities.
Partial list of work sites in Nevada with known asbestos exposure
- Binion’s Horseshoe Casino
- Blue Diamond Sheet Rock Plant
- Caesar’s Palace
- Clark County Power House
- Flintkote Company Gypsum Products Division
- International Hotel & Casino
- Las Vegas Hilton
- Las Vegas Sands
- MGM Hotel & Casino
- MGM Hotel (Bally’s)
- Moapa Reed Garden Station
- Nevada Power Company
- Pabco Gypsum/Johns Manville
- Sahara Hotel
- Southern Nevada Public Service
- Stauffer Chemical Plant
- Sunrise Power Plant
- Titanium Chemical Company
- U.S. Gypsum Company
- University Of Nevada
- University Of Nevada Las Vegas
- Vagabond Inn
- Valmy Powerhouse
Statute of Limitations to File Mesothelioma Claim in Nevada
There is a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit for mesothelioma that varies for each state called the statute of limitations. This means if you do not file within the time limit, you will never be able to pursue legal action or obtain compensation. It’s important that you take legal action within this time frame so you do not miss out on receiving the compensation you may deserve. Contact us here to learn more about how we can help.
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What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a deadly and rare form of malignant cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. The most common forms of mesothelioma are: pleural and peritoneal. Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Victims with pleural mesothelioma may have respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue. Victims with peritoneal mesothelioma may have abdominal swelling, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.
The latency period for mesothelioma is very long. The average latency period is about 30 years, but can be shorter than 15 years or longer than 40 years. This means individuals with mesothelioma may take decades to present symptoms from the time they were exposed to asbestos.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by asbestos exposure. When asbestos is inhaled the fibers irritate and scar the lining of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. The lungs become stiff and cannot expand and contract normally. Symptoms of asbestosis are shortness of breath, chest pain, and a dry, persistent cough. Like mesothelioma, the latency period for asbestosis is very long. Symptoms may not present for 10 to 40 years after asbestos exposure.
Military Asbestos Exposure
It is extremely important to know that our attorneys do not sue the military. We seek accountability from the asbestos companies that sold dangerous asbestos products to the military.
Members of all branches of the military may have been exposed to asbestos before it became more restricted in the 1970s. The U.S. military used asbestos products in many areas because of its low cost, durability, and heat resistant properties. The common use of these asbestos products put many U.S. veterans at risk of developing asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Below is a list of the military branches and common asbestos exposure sites:
- Navy – shipyards, boiler rooms, submarines
- Army – barracks, shipyards, construction
- Marine Corps – armored vehicles, barracks, ships, aircraft
- Coast Guard – inside ships, ships, boiler rooms
- Air Force- bases, airplanes, jets, aircraft maintenance