01. Laws and Regulations
Oregon Asbestos Laws and Regulations
Oregon largely adheres to federal regulations for asbestos handling and protecting workers’ health and safety, with a few additional state requirements.
Occupational Asbestos Exposure in Oregon
Oregon has a state-approved OSHA program, Oregon OSHA, that is regulated by the Department of Consumer & Business Services. Oregon OSHA generally follows federal OSHA laws in regard to asbestos. Additionally, all asbestos contractors are required to have worker protection plans with specific references to Oregon OSHA rules around medical monitoring and respirator training. These regulations can be found in Chapter 437 of Division 2 of the Oregon Administrative Rules.
Training and Licensing Oregon Asbestos Professionals
All asbestos contractors must be licensed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and projects should only use professionals certified in Oregon. Regional air pollution agencies may also inspect and enforce regulations for certification in the state and make recommendations for denials, suspensions or revocations of licenses to the DEQ. Individuals applying for recertification must also take an annual recertification course for three months prior to their license expiring. Requirements for licensure and renewal can be found under Section 0100 – 0180 of Division 248 of the Oregon Administrative Rules.
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02. Asbestos Jobsites
Oregon Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
Hundreds of commercial and military work sites throughout Oregon have exposed unsuspecting workers to asbestos. We have listed below some of the most egregious jobsites and employers who have been named as defendants in mesothelioma lawsuits filed in Oregon.
Oregon Sites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
- Western Kraft Corporation
- Tektronix Electronics Plant
- Coos Bay Timber Company
- International Paper Company
- Spalding Pulp & Paper Company
- Publishers Paper Company
- Albina Shipyards
- Boise Cascade Corporation
- Commercial Ironworks Shipyard
- Crown Zellerbach Corporation
- Gunderson Brothers Shipyard
- Kaiser Shipyard
- Kaiser Shipyard
- Northwestern Electric Company
- Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation
- Oregon Steel Mills, Inc.
- Portland Electric Power Company
- Portland Shipyard
- Publishers Paper
- Swan Island Shipyard
- Willamette Iron & Steel Company Shipyard
- Rosenburg Lumber Company
- Boise Cascade Corporation
- Boise Cascade Paper Mill
- Oregon Pulp & Paper Company
- Weyerhaeuser Timber Company
- Georgia Pacific Corporation
In addition to the list above, asbestos exposure has occurred at many other locations in Oregon 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 Oregon
Residents of Oregon 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.
- Albany, OR
- Astoria, OR
- Bend, OR
- Brookings, OR
- Creswell, OR
- Damascus, OR
- Estacada, OR
- Gladstone, OR
- Grants Pass, OR
- Gresham, OR
- Jefferson, OR
- Kalmath Falls, OR
- Lake Oswego, OR
- Medford, OR
- Milton-Freewater, OR
- Milwaukie, OR
- Molalla, OR
- Newberg, OR
- Oceanside, OR
- Phoenix, OR
- Portland, OR
- Roseburg, OR
- Salem, OR
- Sandy, OR
- Springfield, OR
- Toledo, OR
- Veneta, OR
- Winston, OR
Oregon Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts
We have listed below a few of the verdicts and settlements compensating victims of asbestos exposure in Oregon.
- $3.4 MILLION: Army – 45 years old
- $2.4 MILLION: Sheetmetal Worker – 70 years old
- $1.5 MILLION: Navy/HVAC – 75 years old
- $1.4 MILLION: Air Force/Corrections Officer – 61 years old
- $1.3 MILLION: Shipyard – 76 years old
- $1.2 MILLION: Navy/Construction – 67 years old
- $1.2 MILLION: Construction – 79 years old
- $1.2 MILLION: Navy/Administrator – 80 years old
- $1.2 MILLION: Army/Construction – 64 years old
- $1.1 MILLION: Household/Plantworker – 82 years old
Note: Each lawsuit is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in the future. Contact a reputable Oregon mesothelioma lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.
05. Law Firms
Mesothelioma Law Firms that Practice in Oregon
The following law firms have lawyers who specialize in handling mesothelioma cases. These firms either have offices in Oregon or have filed lawsuits on behalf of Oregon 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 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.
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
Oregon Mesothelioma Filing Deadlines
When contemplating whether or not to file a legal complaint to seek compensation for injuries resulting from workplace asbestos exposure, it is important to understand the state by state time restrictions placed on doing so. If you fail to act in time, you can lose your rights to compensation. As mesothelioma has a long latency period, the rules surrounding legal deadlines can become somewhat complicated. The specific deadlines for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit in Oregon are outlined in the table below.
Oregon 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.