Idaho Asbestos-Related Deaths from 1999-2017

Mesothelioma Deaths
Asbestosis Deaths
Total Deaths

Asbestos Exposure in Idaho

Asbestos and Mining

Several sites in Idaho have naturally occurring asbestos. Most of the deposits can be found in the panhandle area. Workers in asbestos and other mineral mines were at high risk for asbestos exposure. When asbestos fibers are disturbed they can become airborne and then inhaled by nearby individuals. Inhaling toxic asbestos fibers can lead to the development of deadly asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.

Asbestos Exposure at Industrial Sites

Other occupations in the state also placed employees at risk for asbestos exposure. Workers in the state’s chemical plants, paper mills, and power plants may have been exposed to asbestos.  Insulation and construction materials containing asbestos were often used in these facilities. Additionally, the hydroelectric power plant at Pocatello may have been contaminated with asbestos in the air, soil and machinery.

The Western Equipment Company, also known as the Western States Equipment Company, was sued after employees developed asbestos-related diseases. Employees were required to clean and replace brakes that contained asbestos for Western Equipment forklifts. The company continued to use asbestos-containing brakes on the forklifts even though alternatives were available.

Partial list of work sites in Idaho with known asbestos exposure
  • Amalgamated Sugar Refinery
  • Boise Artesian Pipeline Company
  • Boise Cascade Lumber Mill
  • Boise Cascade Fertilizer Chemical Plant
  • Bonner County Courthouse
  • Clover Club Potato Chip Factory
  • Idaho Chemical Processing Plant
  • Idaho National AEC Laboratory
  • Idaho Processed Ore Contact Acid Plant
  • J.R. Simplot Food Processing Plant
  • J.R. Simplot Fertilizer Chemical Plant
  • Langley Gulch Steam Plant
  • Monsanto Phosphate Chemical Plant
  • Northwest Road and Drive Asphalt Plant
  • Plateau Supplies Hardware Store
  • Poe Asphalt Paving Plant
  • Potlatch Paper Mill
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • University of Idaho Steam Plant
  • Westvaco-FMC Chemical Plant
  • Yanke Metal Fabricating Shop

Statute of Limitations to File Mesothelioma Claim in Idaho

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