Asbestos Exposure in Alaska
Although Alaska is currently one of the lowest ranking states in the U.S. for asbestos-related deaths, environmental and occupational exposure to the toxic mineral is still common. The state’s complex and active geology creates massive deposits of ultramafic and serpentine mineral ore, two rock types in which naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) is formed.
Processed asbestos has also been widely used by Alaskan industries for commercial materials such as insulation, pipe and furnace wraps, roof shingles, floor tiles and textured paints. Despite the associated health risks, many Alaskan companies used the toxic mineral as a building material before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began to regulate its use in the 1970s and ’80s.
Statistics for Mesothelioma Cases in Alaska
To this date, 72 mesothelioma and asbestos-related deaths have been reported from Alaska. That number ranks the state of Alaska 43rd in the United States on Deaths caused by mesothelioma.
Filing an asbestos claim if you live in Alaska
You do not have to file your claim in the state in which you live. It’s far more important to contact an attorney with a strong history of experience specifically in asbestos cases, than it is to select one who happens to be in your area of Alaska. The most successful attorneys in your area may have never handled an asbestos case.
SWMW attorneys dedicate the overwhelming majority of their time and effort prosecuting mesothelioma claims, so we know which states and jurisdictions are going to provide the best outcome for your case and can get your case settled faster. We handle asbestos cases all across the USA, so we know how to file, where to file, and what to do to get you the compensation you deserve.
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