01. Laws and Regulations
Montana Asbestos Laws and Regulations
Asbestos laws, rules, and regulations are administered by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality under the state’s Asbestos Control Program, which was instituted in 1989.
Asbestos Control Program in Montana
The State of Montana follows federal NESHAP guidelines established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to guide its own rules around asbestos. The Montana Code Annotated, Title 7, Chapter 2, Part 5 outlines the authority of the Montana DEQ to make rules, issue permits, and accredit and license asbestos contractors, as well as issue penalties and asbestos cleanup orders. The Administrative Rules of Montana (Chapter 74, Subchapter 3) provide specifics around the rules and regulations required by the Montana DEQ and establish policies and procedures for handling asbestos throughout the state.
Asbestos Abatement in Montana
The Montana DEQ requires all asbestos remediation activities to be completed by an accredited and licensed contractor. To become accredited, the individual must complete an EPA asbestos training course or another training program approved by the Montana DEQ. The amount of training required differs for the type of asbestos work for which the individual wishes to be licensed (worker, contractor, project manager, inspector, air quality monitor, etc.). When handling building demolitions or renovations that involve asbestos-containing materials, the contractor must submit the appropriate notifications and follow all applicable safety rules.
02. Asbestos Jobsites
Montana Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
Many residents of Montana who worked at large commercial or military sites were unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Hundreds of major sites throughout Montana 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 Montana.
Montana Sites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
- Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
- Conoco Montana
- Continental Oil Company
- E.J. Bartells
- Exxon Montana
- Great Western Sugar Company
- J.E. Corrette Steam Plant
- Montana Power Company
- Yale Oil Corporation
- Anaconda Copper Mining Company
- Butte General Electric Company
- Kelly Heating Plant
- Pittsburg and Montana Copper Company
- Stauffer Chemical
- Glasgow Air Force Base
- Northern Pacific Railroad Company
- General Mills
- United States Army Air Base
- United States Gypsum Company
- American Crystal Sugar Company
- Clausen Refrigeration
- Hoerner Waldorf Corporation
- Missoula Electric Cooperative
- Montana State University
- Stone Container Corporation
- University of Montana
- Texaco, Inc.
In addition to the list above, asbestos exposure has occurred at many other locations in Montana 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.
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Mesothelioma Lawsuits Filed in Montana
Residents of Montana 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.
Mesothelioma Settlements Obtained for Montana Workers
We have listed below a few of the verdicts and settlements compensating victims of asbestos exposure in Montana.
- $1.7 MILLION: Electrician – 75 years old
- $1.7 MILLION: Navy/Teacher – 81 years old
- $1.1 MILLION: Teamster – 65 years old
- $900,000: Air Force/Police – 72 years old
- $700,000: Navy – 55 years old
- $400,000: Air Force – 80 years old
- $400,000: Army/Teacher – 72 years old
- $300,000: Office Worker – 58 years old
Note: Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact a reputable Montana lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.
05. Law Firms
Top Mesothelioma Law Firms that Practice in Montana
The following law firms have attorneys with significant experience in litigating mesothelioma cases. These law firms either have offices in Montana or have filed lawsuits on behalf of Montana residents. They have extensive knowledge of asbestos manufacturers and distributers that have caused exposure to asbestos to unsuspecting workers.
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
Montana Mesothelioma 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 Montana are stated in the table below.
Montana Statute of Limitations
3 years after mesothelioma diagnosis
3 years 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.