01. Laws and Regulations
Oklahoma Asbestos Laws and Regulations
The asbestos laws and regulations of Oklahoma are overseen by two state agencies: the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the Oklahoma Department of Labor.
Oklahoma Asbestos Exposure Rules
The State of Oklahoma incorporated federal NESHAP rules into the Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC 252:100, 41-15) for preventing asbestos exposure for both workers and the general public. Specifically, all friable asbestos must be double-bagged in 6 mil plastic bags or bagged in a single 6 mil plastic bag and placed in a disposable drum, and then disposed of at a waste facility approved to handle asbestos. Furthermore, state law mandates that any friable material used on pipes or outdoor structures must not be allowed to deteriorate or become exposed to the outside air. Anyone who fails to comply with these asbestos laws can face penalties of up to $10,000 per day, as detailed in the 2004 Oklahoma Clean Air Act (Oklahoma Statute, Title 27A, Section 2-5-101 – 118).
Asbestos Licensing in Oklahoma
Regulation of licensed asbestos professionals is handled by the Asbestos Division of the Oklahoma Department of Labor. In order to become licensed, an individual must complete the appropriate amount of training from a state-certified provider and submit a licensing application along with the appropriate fee (between $25 and $1,000, depending on the type of license). Annual license renewals are required, and refresher training must be completed periodically. Everyone who handles asbestos projects in Oklahoma must be licensed appropriately, except for individuals working on their own residence (with four or fewer family units).
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02. Asbestos Jobsites
Oklahoma Sites Where Mesothelioma Victims Worked
Many residents of Oklahoma who worked at large commercial or military sites were unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Hundreds of major sites throughout Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma.
Asbestos Exposure at Oklahoma Job Sites
- Uniroyal Plant
- Carter Oil Company
- National Zink Company
- Phillips Petroleum Company
- Champlin Oil & Refining Company
- Enid Asbestos Company
- Farmland Industries
- Hackney Iron & Steel
- Westinghouse Electric Company
- Fort Sill Army Base
- Naval Ammunition Depot
- U. S. Naval Ammunition Depot
- Union Iron Works
- Callery Chemical Company
- Envirotech Systems Inc
- Fort Howard Paper Mill
- Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company
- Veteran’S Hospital
- Conoco Chemicals Company
- Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
- General Electric Company
- Lucent Technologies
- Midwest Insulation & Material Company
- Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation
- Peerless International
- Standard Asbestos Manufacturing & Insulating Company
- Thermal Systems Incorporated
- Tinker Air Force Base
- Western Electric Company Inc
- Xerox Corp
- Conoco Oklahoma
- Continental Carbon Company
- Empire Refineries Corp
- Ponca City Municipal Electric System
- Acands, Inc.
- American Airlines
- Bryant Refractory Company
- Douglas Aircraft Company
- First National Bank
- Gulf Pipe Line Company
- Johns‐Manville Corporation
- Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical
- M.W. Kellogg Company
- Mcdonnell Douglas Aircraft Company
- Sinclair Oil Oklahoma
- Stevens Asbestos Product Company, Inc.
- Thorpe Company
- Union Carbide Corporation
- United Insulation Company
- Wheeler Drywall
- Weyerhauser Paper Mill
- Kerr Mcgee Chemical Corporation
Beyond the list above, asbestos exposure was prevalent at many other work sites in Oklahoma 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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Oklahoma Mesothelioma Lawsuits
Residents of Oklahoma 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.
- Altus, OK
- Ardmore, OK
- Broken Arrow, OK
- Checotah, OK
- Collinsville, OK
- Edmond, OK
- Garber, OK
- Glenpool, OK
- Grove, OK
- Jay, OK
- Jennings, OK
- Locust Grove, OK
- McAllister, OK
- Miami, OK
- Midwest City, OK
- Moore, OK
- Noble, OK
- Norman, OK
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Owasso, OK
- Stillwater, OK
- Tahlequah, OK
- Tulsa, OK
- Vici, OK
- Wann, OK
- Waukomis, OK
- Wilburton, OK
Mesothelioma Settlements Obtained for Oklahoma Workers
We have listed below a few of the verdicts and settlements compensating victims of asbestos exposure in Oklahoma.
- $4.6 MILLION: Navy/Construction – 80 years old
- $3.4 MILLION: HVAC – 84 years old
- $2.7 MILLION: Marine Corps – 55 years old
- $2.4 MILLION: Navy/Electrician – 64 years old
- $2.0 MILLION: Construction – 61 years old
- $1.7 MILLION: Aircraft Mechanic – 76 years old
- $1.7 MILLION: Navy/Mechanic – 61 years old
- $1.6 MILLION: Mechanic/Renovations – 56 years old
- $1.5 MILLION: Navy/Carpenter – 87 years old
- $1.4 MILLION: Teacher/Construction – 60 years old
Note: Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact a reputable Oklahoma lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.
05. Law Firms
Mesothelioma Law Firms that Represent Oklahoma Residents
The following law firms specialize in handling mesothelioma cases. These firms either have offices in Oklahoma or have filed lawsuits on behalf of Oklahoma residents. They have knowledge of asbestos companies that have unknowingly caused exposure to asbestos to unsuspecting workers.
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 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.
Simon Greenstone Panatier, PC Our is comprised of experienced trial attorneys who possess knowledge and familiarity with asbestos-related diseases. We believe that those injured by careless asbestos exposure have the right to fair recompense for their suffering, and we are committed to holding the reckless companies responsible.
06. Filing Deadlines
Oklahoma Asbestos Filing Deadlines
Once diagnosed, a mesothelioma victim has a limited amount of time to file a mesothelioma lawsuit in Oklahoma. 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 Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Statute of Limitations
2 years after mesothelioma diagnosis
2 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.