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Asbestos exposure in California is a serious problem that can lead to the development of mesothelioma and related diseases. A local lawyer can help you get compensation to pay for treatments and hold companies accountable for their negligence. Read more about legal options available in California including state laws that specifically deal with mesothelioma and asbestos and top law firms.

01. Laws and Regulations

California Asbestos Laws and Regulations

California heavily regulates the use of asbestos through everything from air quality programs to asbestos removal, as well as litigation related to asbestos injury through exposure.

Asbestos Litigation in California

Historically, most asbestos litigation in California originated in three counties: Alameda, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, asbestos claims in California dropped significantly compared to other areas of the country, but in recent years, California asbestos filings have started to rise again.

Today, the Superior Court of San Francisco County hears a large majority of asbestos cases in California. In order to help manage the large volume of cases, San Francisco County uses a system of electronic filing and case management. The San Francisco courts also group similar cases to help streamline the caseloads moving through the system. The courts also offer preference to plaintiffs who have short life expectancies. Most California asbestos lawsuits result in settlements.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure in California

Given the size of California, the state has implemented two separate sets of safety regulations to protect citizens from naturally occurring asbestos, which is found in at least 45 of the state’s 58 counties. These laws, known as Asbestos Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCMs), apply to two different classes of activity:

  • Surfacing Applications: This rule applies to the production, sale, or use of “aggregate material” (i.e., gravel, sand, etc.) in areas where asbestos may be found.
  • Construction, Grading, Quarrying, and Surface Mining: This rule applies to construction and mining-related activities in areas where asbestos occurs naturally.

The California code also includes a chapter on General Industry Safety Orders, which contains rules on asbestos and other carcinogens. These state laws build on federal asbestos laws and regulations provided by OSHA and other agencies to protect employees.

Finally, like other states, California follows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) guidelines to minimize airborne contaminants known to be health hazards. The Air Resources Board (ARB), part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), provides statewide NESHAP oversight, and the state is broken up into 35 local air districts, each of which may have their own guidelines that must be followed when renovating or demolishing a building. Nineteen California counties are not part of an air district, and companies in those counties must work directly with the ARB.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

California Sites Where Mesothelioma Victims Worked

Many residents of California who worked at large commercial or military sites were unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Hundreds of major sites throughout California 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 California.

Asbestos Exposure at California Job Sites

  • Alameda

    • Bethlehem Steel Corporation
    • Todd Shipyard
  • El Segundo

    • Standard Oil Company
  • Livermore

    • Lawrence Livermore Radiation Labs
  • Los Angeles

    • Department of Water & Power
    • Los Angeles International Airport (L.A.X.)
    • Los Angeles Pacific Railway Company
  • Novato

    • Hamilton Field Air Force Base
  • Oakland

    • Moore Dry Dock
    • Naval Air Station
  • Redondo Beach

    • Southern California Edison
  • Richmond

    • Kaiser Shipyard
    • Standard Oil Company
  • San Diego

  • San Francisco

    • Alcoa Building
    • California Gas and Electric Company
    • Golden Gate Bridge – Toll Station
    • Pacific Gas & Electric Company
    • San Francisco Naval Shipyard
    • Treasure Island Naval Station
  • Vallejo

    • Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  • Vandenberg

    • Vandenberg Air Force Base

In addition to the list above, asbestos exposure has occurred at many other locations in California as well. If the site where you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos is not on the list above, contact an attorney to see if the job site in question had a history of exposing workers to asbestos.

03. Lawsuits

California Mesothelioma Lawsuits

California 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.

  • 29 Palms, CA
  • Alta Loma, CA
  • Altadena, CA
  • Anaheim, CA
  • Antioch, CA
  • Apple Valley, CA
  • Aromas, CA
  • Atascadero, CA
  • Auburn, CA
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Benicia, CA
  • Buellton, CA
  • Carlsbad, CA
  • Carson, CA
  • Cazadero, CA
  • Ceres, CA
  • Cerritos, CA
  • Chatsworth, CA
  • Chico, CA
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • Citrus Heights, CA
  • Clovis, CA
  • Coalinga, CA
  • Concord, CA
  • Corona, CA
  • Coronado, CA
  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • Covina, CA
  • Del Mar, CA
  • Diamond Bar, CA
  • Discovery Bay, CA
  • Dorris, CA
  • Duarte, CA
  • El Cajon, CA
  • El Cerrito, CA
  • El Dorado Hills, CA
  • El Sequndo, CA
  • El Sobrante, CA
  • Elk Grove, CA
  • Escondido, CA
  • Fair Oaks, CA
  • Fallbrook, CA
  • Fontana, CA
  • Foresthill, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • Garden Grove, CA
  • Georgetown, CA
  • Glendale, CA
  • Glendora, CA
  • Grass Valley, CA
  • Hayward, CA
  • Hayward, CA
  • Hemet, CA
  • Hesperia, CA
  • Hidden Hills, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Igo, CA
  • Keyes, CA
  • La Mirada, CA
  • La Puente, CA
  • La Quinta, CA
  • Laguna Hills, CA
  • Lake Forest, CA
  • Lakeside, CA
  • Lakewood, CA
  • Landers, CA
  • Lincoln, CA
  • Lodi, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Madera, CA
  • Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Maricopa, CA
  • McKinleyville, CA
  • Meadow Vista, CA
  • Menifee, CA
  • Merced, CA
  • Milpitas, CA
  • Mission Viejo, CA
  • Modesto, CA
  • Montara, CA
  • Montebello, CA
  • Moreno Valley, CA
  • Mountain View, CA
  • Murieta, CA
  • Murrieta, CA
  • Newark, CA
  • Newcastle, CA
  • Oak Park, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Orange, CA
  • Orangeville, CA
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Palm Spring, CA
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Paso Robles, CA
  • Penn Valley, CA
  • Pioneer, CA
  • Pismo Beach, CA
  • Placentia, CA
  • Placerville, CA
  • Plam Desert, CA
  • Pleasant Hill, CA
  • Pleasanton, CA
  • Pomona, CA
  • Poway, CA
  • Ramona, CA
  • Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Rancho Mirage, CA
  • Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Redding, CA
  • Redwood City, CA
  • Rescue, CA
  • Richvale, CA
  • Ridgecrest, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • Roseville, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • San Carlos, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Dimas, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA
  • San Marcos, CA
  • San Mateo, CA
  • San Pedro, CA
  • San Rafael, CA
  • San Ramon, CA
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Clara, CA
  • Santa Paula, CA
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • Santee, CA
  • Sebastopol, CA
  • Sierra Madre, CA
  • Simi Valley, CA
  • Sonoma, CA
  • South Lake Tahoe, CA
  • South San Francisco, CA
  • Stockton, CA
  • Studio City, CA
  • Sylmar, CA
  • Taft, CA
  • Tarzana, CA
  • Tracy, CA
  • Trinity Center, CA
  • Truckee, CA
  • Tulare, CA
  • Upland, CA
  • Vacaville, CA
  • Vallejo, CA
  • Venice, CA
  • Villa Park, CA
  • Visalia, CA
  • Vista, CA
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • Watsonville, CA
  • Westlake Village, CA
  • Westminster, CA
  • Whittier, CA
  • Wilmington, CA
  • Wilton, CA
  • Woodcrest, CA
  • Woodland Hills, CA
04. Settlements

Mesothelioma Settlements Obtained for California Workers

As a reference point, we have provided below a sampling of mesothelioma settlements achieved on behalf of California residents who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.

  • $13.3 MILLION: Plumber/Mechanic – 55 years old
  • $11.5 MILLION: Navy/Dry Wall Sprayer – 48 years old
  • $9.6 MILLION: Manager/Teacher – 72 years old
  • $9.5 MILLION: Navy / Nuclear Plant – 62 years old
  • $8.9 MILLION: Maintenance/Construction – 56 years old
  • $8.6 MILLION: Navy/Maintenance – 56 years old
  • $7.5 MILLION: Carpenter – 63 years old
  • $7.5 MILLION: Household – 70 years old
  • $7.0 MILLION: Plantworker – 58 years old
  • $6.5 MILLION: Navy – 66 years old
  • $6.5 MILLION: Navy/Plantworker – 68 years old
  • $6.1 MILLION: Household / Technician – 62 years old
  • $6.0 MILLION: Navy/Tilesetter – 49 years old
  • $5.3 MILLION: Pipefitter – 64 years old
  • $5.0 MILLION: Household – 76 years old
  • $5.0 MILLION: Navy/Electrician – 62 years old
  • $4.7 MILLION: Navy/Mechanic – 68 years old
  • $4.4 MILLION: Sheetmetal – 80 years old
  • $4.4 MILLION: Plumber – 60 years old
  • $4.2 MILLION: Marines/Shipyard – 77 years old
  • $4.1 MILLION: Plantworker Rogers – 47 years old
  • $4.1 MILLION: Plumber – 66 years old
  • $3.7 MILLION: Mechanic – 75 years old
  • $3.6 MILLION: Plantworker – 57 years old
  • $3.5 MILLION: Navy / Shipyard – 71 years old
  • $3.1 MILLION: Plantworker/Inspector – 64 years old
  • $3.1 MILLION: Navy Worker/Merchant Marine – 88 years old
  • $3.1 MILLION: Navy – 51 years old
  • $2.9 MILLION: Laborer – 80 years old
  • $2.9 MILLION: Electronic Tech – 75 years old
  • $2.8 MILLION: Household Worker – 62 years old
  • $2.6 MILLION: Household/Day Care Provider – 72 years old
  • $2.6 MILLION: Navy / HVAC – 83 years old
  • $2.5 MILLION: Painter – 61 years old
  • $2.4 MILLION: Army/Carpenter – 71 years old
  • $2.4 MILLION: Mechanic – 75 years old
  • $2.3 MILLION: Navy – 83 years old
  • $2.3 MILLION: Shipyard – 65 years old
  • $2.3 MILLION: Home Renovations/Underwriter – 78 years old
  • $2.3 MILLION: Office Worker – 58 years old
  • $2.3 MILLION: Office Worker – 73 years old

Note: Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact a reputable California lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.

05. Law Firms

Top Mesothelioma Law Firms that Practice in California

The law firms listed below have a specific focus in representing mesothelioma victims. They either have filed lawsuits on behalf of California residents or have offices in California. Top mesothelioma law firms have the experience and knowledge necessary to work effectively and efficiently on your behalf.

Dean, Omar and Branham, L.L.P.

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 & Meisenkothen

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.

Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.

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.

Kaiser Gornick LLP

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.

Kazan McClain Slatterley & Greenwood

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

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.

Simmons Hanly Conroy

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

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Filing Deadlines

The length of time an individual has to file a mesothelioma lawsuit varies from state to state. The length of time also will vary depending on whether you are filing a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit. The deadlines for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit in the state of California are stated in the table below.

California Statute of Limitations
Personal Injury

1 year after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

1 year after death from mesothelioma

To avoid missing a filing deadline, one must begin to gather evidence and file a claim quickly. The best way to do so is to hire a lawyer who is experienced with asbestos-related claims. Failing to act before the statute of limitations runs out could result in a loss of the right to compensation for you or your family.

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