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Workplace and military asbestos exposure in Colorado has been a serious issue. Prolonged asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Because treatments for these conditions can be expensive, you may wish to consult a local lawyer who can help you get compensation and hold responsible companies accountable for their negligence.  Read more about legal options available to you in Colorado.

01. Laws and Regulations

Colorado Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Colorado has some state-level regulations pertaining to the handling of asbestos in addition to federal requirements. Below is a brief summary of asbestos-related laws in Colorado.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure in Colorado

The main regulator of asbestos in Colorado is the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. The agency oversees the EPA’s NESHAP standards, as well as established a few state-level regulations for the handling of asbestos. Colorado does not have a state approved OSHA plan. There are two federal offices in Denver and Englewood, with a safety consultation program available through the Colorado State University. In collaboration with OSHA, the consultation services include free assessment, safety training, and compliance assistance.

Licensing of Colorado Asbestos Professionals

Anyone performing some type of asbestos-related services must be licensed in Colorado. Asbestos professionals must pass an EPA-approved training program, as well as pass an appropriate state exam for the specific discipline one is seeking to be certified in. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment oversees certification, the rules for which can be found under the Air Quality Control Commission’s Regulation 8, Part B.

Asbestos Transport and Disposal in Colorado

The Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission under the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment manages the handling of asbestos waste, as well as managing the handling of asbestos-contaminated soil. These regulations can be found in Section 5 of Volume 6 of the Code of Colorado Regulations.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Colorado Sites Where Mesothelioma Victims Worked

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

Asbestos Exposure at Colorado Job Sites

  • Alamosa

    • Alamosa Power Plant
  • Canon City

    • Southern Colorado Power Company
  • Colorado Springs

    • Air Force Academy
    • Colorado College
    • Colorado Springs Utilities
    • Drake Power Plant
    • Martin Drake Power Plant
    • Ray D. Nixon Power Plant
    • Richard M. Nixon Power Plant
    • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Craig

    • Colorado-Ute Electric Association, Inc
  • Denver

    • American Smelting and Refining Company
    • Bay Petroleum Refinery
    • Cherokee Steam Electric Station
    • Continental Oil Refinery
    • Gates Rubber Company
    • Public Service Company of Colorado
    • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • Fort Collins

    • Colorado State University
    • Colorado State University
  • Fort Morgan

    • Great Western Sugar Company
  • Golden

    • Coors Brewery
  • Grand Junction

    • Climax Uranium Company
  • Greeley

    • Great Western Sugar Company
  • Lakewood

    • Federal Correctional Institute
  • Pueblo

    • Colorado Fuel and Iron Company
    • Colorado State Hospital
  • Trinidad

    • Trinidad Electric Railroad Company
    • Trinidad Electric Transmission Railway and Gas Company
  • Windsor

    • Eastman Kodak Company

Beyond the list above, asbestos exposure was prevalent at many other work sites in Colorado 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.

03. Lawsuits

Mesothelioma Lawsuits Filed in Colorado

Residents of Colorado who lived in the following cities and towns have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to protect their rights and to seek compensation from negligent manufacturers and distributers of asbestos.

  • Arvada, CO
  • Aurora, CO
  • Cedar Edge, CO
  • Centennial, CO
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Durango, CO
  • Eaton, CO
  • Erie, CO
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Fort Lupton, CO
  • Grand Junction, CO
  • Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Lakewood, CO
  • Littleton, CO
  • Loma, CO
  • Loveland, CO
  • Montrose, CO
  • Morrison, CO
  • Pagosa Springs, CO
  • Parker, CO
  • Pueblo, CO
  • Westminster, CO
04. Settlements

Colorado Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts

We have listed below a few of the verdicts and settlements compensating victims of asbestos exposure in Colorado.

  • $4.0 MILLION: Hospital Worker/Hospital Worker – 53 years old
  • $3.0 MILLION: Navy Worker / Plantworker – 42 years old
  • $1.9 MILLION: Laborer – 73 years old
  • $1.9 MILLION: Insulator – 81 years old
  • $1.7 MILLION: Navy/Sales – 68 years old
  • $1.7 MILLION: Administrative – 63 years old
  • $1.5 MILLION: Electrician – 67 years old
  • $1.4 MILLION: EB/Electrician – 73 years old
  • $1.4 MILLION: Navy/Electrician – 76 years old
  • $1.3 MILLION: Navy/Mechanic – 77 years old

Note: Each lawsuit is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in the future. Contact a reputable Colorado mesothelioma lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.

05. Law Firms

Colorado Mesothelioma and Asbestos Law Firms

The following law firms have attorneys with significant experience in litigating mesothelioma cases. These law firms either have offices in Colorado or have filed lawsuits on behalf of Colorado residents. They have extensive knowledge of asbestos manufacturers and distributers that have caused exposure to asbestos to unsuspecting workers.

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national mesothelioma 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.

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

Colorado Asbestos 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 Colorado are stated in the table below.

Colorado Statute of Limitations
Personal Injury

2 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

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.

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