01. Laws and Regulations
Alaska Asbestos Laws and Regulations
Alaska has its own laws and regulations as to how asbestos can be handled in addition to the federal laws in place. Here is a summary of the Alaska-specific laws in regard to asbestos.
Occupational Asbestos Exposure in Alabama
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), Division of Air Quality oversees much of the asbestos regulations in Alaska. The agency oversees that industries adhere to the EPA’s NESHAP standards. Alaska Occupational Health and Safety (AKOSH) under the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development overlooks much of the laws in regard to handling asbestos safely under the regulations specified in Chapter 31 of Title 18 of the Alaska Statutes. Alaska also has a Naturally Occurring Asbestos Program, overseen by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, to regulate and protect workers using any aggregate material containing natural asbestos.
Licensing of Alaska Asbestos Professionals
Asbestos professionals must be licensed and certified to perform, monitor, and/or supervisor asbestos abatement in Alaska. AKOSH administers the training and certification program for asbestos professionals. The rules and requirements around licensure can be found in Chapter 31 of Title 18 of the Alaska Statutes.
Asbestos Transport and Disposal in Alaska
The ADEC regulates the disposal of asbestos. Asbestos waste can only be brought to a certified landfill that’s qualified to handle asbestos containing materials. Certification regulations can be found under Article 8 of the Alaska Administrative Code. The professional transporting any hazardous materials also must adhere to the regulations of the Alaska Department of Transportation.
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02. Asbestos Jobsites
Alaska Sites Where Mesothelioma Victims Worked
Many residents of Alaska who worked at large commercial or military sites were unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Hundreds of major sites throughout Alaska and the employers who managed them have put unsuspecting workers at risk for exposure to asbestos. Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of numerous people who worked at the following sites in Alaska.
Alaska Sites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
- United States Naval Air Facilities
- Alaskan Pipeline
- Aurora Power
- Beluga Power Station
- Chugach Power Plant
- Elmondorf Air Force Base – Powerhouse
- Fort Richardson
- Standard Oil
- New England Fish Company
- Aurora Energy
- Eielson Air Force Base
- Golden Valley Electric Power Plant
- Ladd Air Force Base
- U.S. Smelting & Refining & Mining Company
- University of Alaska
- Phillips Petroleum Company
- Shell Oil
- Tesoro Alaska Company
- Union Carbide
- Kodiak Naval Station
- U.S. Rubber Company
- Alaska Lumber & Pulp Company
Beyond the list above, asbestos exposure was prevalent at many other work sites in Alaska as well. If the site where you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos is not on the list above, contact a lawyer to see if the job site where you worked had a history of exposing workers to asbestos.
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Alaska Mesothelioma Lawsuits
Alaska residents living in the following towns and cities have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to protect their rights and seek compensation from manufacturers and distributers of asbestos.
- Anchorage, AK
- Chugiak, AK
- Delta Junction, AK
- Homer, AK
- Palmer, AK
- Ward Cove, AK
Mesothelioma Settlements Obtained for Alaska Workers
We have listed below a few of the verdicts and settlements compensating victims of asbestos exposure in Alaska.
$2.0 MILLION: Household/Army – 56 years old
$1.2 MILLION: Construction – 51 years old
$700,000: Household – 36 years old
$700,000: Navy/Construction – 79 years old
$600,000: Welder/Mechanic – 76 years old
$600,000: Navy/Electrician – 87 years old
$400,000: Plantworker/Millwright – 76 years old
$300,000: Electrician – 71 years old
$100,000: Laborer/Shipyard – 77 years old
Note: Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact a reputable Alaska lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.
05. Law Firms
Alaska Mesothelioma and Asbestos Law Firms
The law firms listed below have a specific focus in representing mesothelioma victims. They either have filed lawsuits on behalf of Alaska residents or have offices in Alaska. These mesothelioma law firms have the experience and knowledge necessary to work effectively and efficiently on your behalf.
Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national law firm recognized for its representation of over 3,000 hardworking men and women who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma. ELSM’s experience in asbestos litigation spans four decades.
At The Gori Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of people throughout the United States. This experience allows us to choose jurisdiction in which to file your case based on many factors including but not limited to state of residence, jobsites, and previous and current employers.
As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a proven track record. Every mesothelioma lawyer at the firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.
06. Filing Deadlines
Alaska Asbestos Filing Deadlines
Once diagnosed, a mesothelioma victim has a limited amount of time to file a mesothelioma lawsuit in Alaska. For individuals who die from this aggressive cancer, their surviving family members also have a limited period in which to submit a claim. The table below outlines the specific personal injury and wrongful death statutes of limitation in the state of Alaska.
Alaska Statute of Limitations
2 years after mesothelioma diagnosis
2 years after death from mesothelioma
Gathering the evidence necessary to file a mesothelioma lawsuit can be time-consuming, so it is important to begin the process as soon as possible. Talk to a lawyer experienced with asbestos-related claims to make sure that you and your family do not lose your right to compensation.