Because it was often used as a fireproof insulator, asbestos has been mined in the United States since the late 19th century. When America grew and industrialized, so made the demand for asbestos. Asbestos was used in the construction of buildings, factories, and even homes. Asbestos exposure can extend beyond the walls of buildings and factories to even the cars we drive as many the brakes, and brake pads contained asbestos.
Asbestos fibers are small and cheap. This is why many opt to use asbestos fibers in their products. Asbestos is often used in machinery to manufacture other products. Idaho has a few industries across the state that did or still does contain asbestos products.
Jobs with Asbestos Exposure in Idaho
The mining industry has had a presence in Idaho for quite some time. Most of these mines are located in the northern part of Idaho. If you worked in the mining industry, you have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma due to the asbestos you were exposed to during your employment.
Idaho does not have the numerous asbestos-using industries that most other states have, but what industries they have done still expose employees to asbestos. This leaves employees of those industries at risk for developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.
Asbestos Deaths in Idaho
Inhalation of these asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma or asbestosis. Mesothelioma is a rare type of lung cancer and is directly caused by exposure to asbestos. Unlike the more common lung cancer, mesothelioma is cancer of the lung linings rather than inside the lungs. Exposure can also be secondary which means you were exposed through a loved one who may have worked in an industry that was heavily using asbestos products.
Over 170 deaths occurred in Idaho from asbestos exposure since 1979. Asbestosis and mesothelioma are the two most commonly diagnosed diseases caused by asbestos. About 96 of those deaths were from mesothelioma. Since mesothelioma is cancer, it can spread to other organs and parts of the body. This is perhaps why mesothelioma is considered deadlier than asbestosis.
Legal Resources for Idaho
There are no laws regarding asbestos in Idaho. Since 1997, the Environmental Protection Agency has been handling all of the state’s abatement issues. Since Idaho does not have any laws regarding asbestos-induced diseases, to file a lawsuit, you are encouraged to contact us so that we can help you file a personal injury claim.
Idaho personal injury statute of limitations is two years. However, since mesothelioma has a latency period of up to 50 years, your claim will have to be evaluated further to determine eligibility under either some sort of discovery rule or statute of repose.
A statute of repose means you are not able to file a suit against a manufacturer twenty years after its initial manufacture. This can be difficult to determine whether it applies to your particular case, so we encourage you to contact us now to speak with one of our experienced Idaho mesothelioma attorneys.