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Asbestos exposure in Washington 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 in Washington below.

01. Laws and Regulations

Washington Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Asbestos laws in Washington State are overseen by the Department of Ecology, as well as local Clean Air Agencies which have authority over certain areas of the state. Furthermore, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries oversees asbestos licensing and working standards.

Asbestos Removal in Washington

The State of Washington requires notification before any demolition, remodeling, or burning of a building for fire training purposes. In most cases, these notifications must be sent to a state Clean Air Agency office; however, 17 of Washington’s 39 counties have separate county planning agencies which will handle the notification process. Buildings must be inspected for asbestos before construction begins, and all workers who handle asbestos abatement must be certified and licensed before working with the potentially deadly material.

Asbestos Licensing in Washington

To become a licensed asbestos professional in Washington, the individual must complete a 4-5 day course, depending on whether they are simply working with asbestos or supervising asbestos workers. Supervisors must also have previous experience working with asbestos before applying for a supervisor license. Contractors who bid or work on an asbestos removal project within the state must be registered as a contractor with the Department of Labor & Industries. Each licensing level has an associated fee and annual refresher training requirements.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Washington Sites Where Mesothelioma Victims Worked

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

Washington Sites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

  • Anacortes

    • Texaco Incorporated
  • Bremerton

  • Camas

    • Crown Zellerbach Corporation
  • Everett

    • Scott Paper Company
    • Weyerhaeuser Lumber Company
  • Hanford

    • Hanford Nuclear Facility
  • Hoquiam

    • Rayonier Inc.
  • Kennewick

    • Chevron Chemical
  • Longview

    • Longview Fibre Company
  • Pasco

    • Atomic Energy Plant
  • Seattle

    • Boeing Aircraft Corp
    • Duwamish Shipyard
    • Lake Union Drydock Company
    • Lockheed Shipbuilding
    • Northern Pacific Railway Company
    • Puget Sound Bridge & Dredge Shipyard
    • Rayonier Inc
    • Shell Oil Company
    • Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc.
    • United States Naval Air Station
    • University of Washington
  • Spokane

    • Gonzaga University
    • Union Carbide Corporation
  • Tacoma

    • Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp
    • Tacoma Shipyard
  • Vancouver

    • Kaiser Shipyard
    • Vancouver Shipyard
  • Walla Walla

    • Washington State Penitentiary

In addition to the list above, asbestos exposure has occurred at many other locations in Washington 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

Washington Mesothelioma Lawsuits

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

  • Arlington, WA
  • Auburn, WA
  • Battle Ground, WA
  • Bellingham, WA
  • Bremerton, WA
  • Burlington, WA
  • Colville, WA
  • Custer, WA
  • East Puyallup, WA
  • East Wenatchee, WA
  • Everett, WA
  • Gig Harbor, WA
  • Graham, WA
  • Hoquiam, WA
  • Kelso, WA
  • Kennewick, WA
  • Kettle Falls, WA
  • Lacey, WA
  • Lake Steven, WA
  • Lake Tapps, WA
  • Lakewood, WA
  • Leavenworth, WA
  • Long Beach, WA
  • Marysville, WA
  • Milton, WA
  • Mineral, WA
  • Mossyrock, WA
  • Newport, WA
  • Oak Harbor, WA
  • Pasco, WA
  • Port Angeles, WA
  • Port Hadlock, WA
  • Port Orchard, WA
  • Puyallup, WA
  • Quincy, WA
  • Redmond, WA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Sequim, WA
  • Shelton, WA
  • Shoreline, WA
  • South Colby, WA
  • Spanaway, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Tulalip, WA
  • Underwood, WA
  • Union, WA
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Walla Walla, WA
  • Westport, WA
  • Yelm, WA
04. Settlements

Mesothelioma Settlements for Washington Residents

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

  • $5.3 MILLION: Shipyard – 60 years old
  • $4.9 MILLION: Carpenter – 65 years old
  • $4.4 MILLION: Laborer – 67 years old
  • $4.3 MILLION: Coast Guard – 60 years old
  • $2.4 MILLION: Shipyard – 61 years old
  • $2.3 MILLION: Shipyard – 57 years old
  • $2.3 MILLION: Air Force/Plantworker – 64 years old
  • $2.3 MILLION: Navy/Industrial – 62 years old
  • $2.2 MILLION: Roofer/Construction – 72 years old
  • $2.0 MILLION: Navy/Engineer – 67 years old

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

05. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Law Firms that Practice in Washington

The law firms listed below have a specific focus in representing mesothelioma victims. They either have filed lawsuits on behalf of Washington residents or have offices in Washington. They 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.

Simmons Hanly Conroy

As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, 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 Statute of Limitations in Washington

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 Washington are stated in the table below.

Washington Mesothelioma Lawsuit Deadlines
Personal Injury

3 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

3 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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