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Asbestos Exposure, Mesothelioma Doctors and Lawyers in Downey, California

The city of Downey occupies 12.6 square miles in southeast Los Angeles County, California. Surrounding cities are South Gate, Bell Gardens, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk, Paramount, and Bellflower. Home to over 111,000 residents, Downey is most notable as the birthplace of the Apollo space program. It is also recognized for having the oldest surviving McDonald’s which, in 1953, was the third McDonald's built. It was listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 1994 list of the “11 Most Endangered Historic Places”.

In the mid-1800s, Downey was founded by and named for the former and youngest ever governor of California, John Gately Downey, who was born in Ireland. Downey was convinced that oranges would flourish in Southern California, so he imported several varieties, and thus initiated what became one of the state’s biggest cash crops. In 1935, Downey was described as an "orange-grove town". Farmers in the area also grew grain, corn, and castor beans until around 1940. Suburban homes and factories replaced the farms after World War II. Downey was incorporated in 1956. The largest employer was originally Vultee Aircraft, then North American Aviation (through a series of mergers and sales, the name changed to North American Rockwell, then Rockwell International, and finally Boeing company) whose facilities were the birthplace of the systems for the Apollo space program as well as the Space Shuttle. For over 70 years, Downey's Rockwell NASA plant produced and tested many of the 20th century's greatest aviation, missile, and space endeavors. The 70 year history of airplane and space vehicle manufacturing in Downey ceased when the Rockwell plant closed in 1999. The former Rockwell plant has been converted to the Downey Landing shopping complex, a Kaiser Permanente hospital, a park, a space museum and Downey Studios.

Downey, California has a lengthy history of industry and construction which places it in high-risk category for asbestos exposure. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for mesothelioma. If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos in Downey, you may benefit by seeking counsel from an asbestos attorney.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Downey

If you worked at any of these companies and/or job sites in Downey, California, you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma cancer.

  • Aerojet-General Corporation
  • Alpase
  • Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
  • Gem Enamel Products
  • National O-Ring Division
  • North American Aviation
  • North American Rockwell
  • Pacific Conveyor Company
  • Rancho Los Amigos Hospital
  • Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center
  • Rheem Manufacturing Company

Mesothelioma Doctors near Downey, California

We have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors and oncologists that practice within a 100-mile radius of Downey, California. Click on a specific doctor link to obtain more information about their areas of expertise, background, professional affiliations, office locations and contact information.

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Distance: 15.9 miles

City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duarte, CA 91010
Distance: 17.1 miles

University of California Los Angeles Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Distance: 19.5 miles

University of California San Diego Cancer Center
Moores Cancer Center
La Jolla, CA 92093

Distance: 91.4 miles

Find a Mesothelioma Cancer Center near Downey, California

Browse through the list of mesothelioma cancer centers below that are within a 100-mile radius of Downey, California. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered and how to contact the cancer center.

Los Angeles, CA 90033
Distance: 9.0 miles

Los Angeles, CA 90048
Distance: 16.8 miles

Duarte, CA 91010
Distance: 17.1 miles

St. Joseph Hospital of Orange
Orange, CA 92868

Distance: 17.6 miles

Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Orange, CA 92868

Distance: 17.6 miles

Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Care Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Distance: 20.2 miles

La Jolla, CA 92037
Distance: 89.9 miles

La Jolla, CA 92037
Distance: 89.9 miles

Moores Cancer Center
La Jolla, CA 92093

Distance: 91.4 miles

Locate Cancer Support Services Near Downey

While receiving treatment, mesothelioma patients may find a need for temporary lodging, patient transport, physical therapy or counseling. We have compiled a list of these cancer support services near Downey, California for your convenience.

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Filing a Mesothelioma Claim in Downey, California

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos at a commercial, residential or military site in Downey, California, you may be entitled to compensation. Don’t lose your right to file a claim. You must act quickly and file your claim within the appropriate statute of limitations for the state of California.

Mesothelioma Law Firms Servicing Downey, California

Dean, Omar & Branham, LLP is a law firm dedicated to using the legal profession to make our community safer. When someone is badly hurt because someone else did not act reasonably, we are here to help provide whatever justice the legal system can give the family who has been wronged.

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 Gori Julian and Associates, P.C., 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.

The lawyers of Kaiser Gornick LLP in San Francisco have extensive experience handling mesothelioma claims. We have obtained substantial compensation for our clients in successful verdicts and settlements.

Since its founding in 1974, Kazan Law has represented thousands of people suffering from asbestos related illnesses, particularly mesothelioma. Our principals are among the most experienced mesothelioma lawyers in the country.

Levin Simes is staffed with expert attorneys with decades of total experience litigating and trying mesothelioma cases.  Our staff of lawyers, investigators, and legal assistants are here to assist you and your family with both the legal aspects of your diagnosis, and the personal and medical.

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.

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Asbestos-Related News in California

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Stanford, California - June 26, 2018

Researchers at Stanford University discovered stem cells that could lead to a breakthrough for personalized cancer vaccines. Learn more at

New Documentary Shines Light on Asbestos and Mesothelioma

San Luis Obispo, California - March 13, 2018

After their grandmother’s death from mesothelioma, two cousins decided to create a documentary to raise awareness on the disease. Learn more at

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