LINCOLN, Nebraska – Mesothelioma lawyers from Levy Konigsberg LLP (“LK”), an award-winning national mesothelioma law firm, are continuing to help NE mesothelioma patients and families obtain legal compensation from companies who manufactured, sold or used asbestos-containing products.
Every year, thousands of men and women across the country are diagnosed with mesothelioma, including many in Nebraska. Even more are diagnosed with lung cancer and asbestosis. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases could have been prevented if workers had been warned about the dangers of asbestos and had been properly protected from exposure to the deadly carcinogen.
Mesothelioma lawyers at LK believe that providing excellent legal representation for mesothelioma victims and their families requires compassion and care. Our attorneys, paralegals, and support staff understand and appreciate the trust your family gives us when allowing LK to handle your asbestos case. LK’s litigation team vigorously advocates for the legal rights of Nebraska mesothelioma patients and their family members. Our knowledge of the typical industries located throughout Nebraska allows us to stand up for your rights.
Nebraska’s Beef and Agriculture Industry
Mesothelioma attorneys at LK are experienced in investigating asbestos exposures suffered at the meat and agricultural worksites where thousands of Nebraska citizens worked for decades. Identifying the equipment and machinery regularly installed and maintained at these worksites is crucial to successfully prosecuting an asbestos case. Our mesothelioma lawyers are skilled in identifying the asbestos products that were present at these worksites.
Nebraska Food Processing
Recognized as one of the largest industries in Nebraska, food processing companies, located throughout Nebraska and Iowa, employed thousands of Nebraska citizens from the 1900s to current day. Between the 1940s and 1980s, major companies, including Cargill, ConAgra, and the Iowa Beef Packers processed and packaged beef, flour, sugar, wheat and other food products throughout the state. A prominent feature of these facilities were multilevel, technical refrigeration plants, which required continuous maintenance and repair. Food processing companies invested millions of dollars in refrigeration plants to preserve the quality of their outgoing food products. Unfortunately, many of these companies and the manufacturers of the refrigeration plants chose profits over the health and safety of their employees and customers, securing profits with asbestos-containing refrigeration plants while failing to warn employees and independent contractors of the dangers associated with exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. Other equipment and machines at these worksites, including boilers, furnaces, ovens, conveyor systems, elevators, gaskets, packings and bricks regularly contained asbestos. Between the 1940s and 1980s, thousands of food processing employees were exposed to airborne asbestos at these worksites.
While many consider Chicago’s stockyards to have historically been the largest in the nation, stockyards in Nebraska grew to rival Chicago between the 1950s and 1980s before completely surpassing Chicago as the largest operators of stockyards in the country. In Omaha and many other cities throughout Nebraska, thousands of cattle, hogs and sheep were penned and sold to customers throughout the country. Operation of stockyards in Nebraska required critical support staff including transportation staff, rail operations, mechanics and laborers.
Supporting the food processing and stockyard industry were employees who performed critical but often overlooked duties. Mechanics maintained and replaced brakes, clutches and gaskets on the trucks which transported livestock to and from the stockyards and food processing plants. Train crews operated and serviced trains, including operating the engines and brake systems of the trains which made daily stops at these Nebraska worksites. Tradespeople maintained the vast refrigeration plants which kept the food products cool and suitable for sale. If you worked at one of these food processing plants or stockyards, mesothelioma lawyers at LK will assist you in determining the unique asbestos exposures you suffered.
Offutt Air Force Base
Located near Omaha, Nebraska, the Offutt Air Force Base has been in operation since 1918. Many skilled military personnel, civilian employees and independent contractors were exposed to asbestos at these military bases. Critical operations, including the service and repair of automobile and aviation equipment as well as the operation of machinery, including boilers and furnaces, required work with and around asbestos-containing products. LK proudly represents the families of retired military personnel who were exposed to asbestos at military bases throughout the country.
Established in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1945, employees of the Deeter Foundry have produced iron castings and other related products for seventy years. High temperature equipment, including furnaces, ovens, ladles, cauldrons, and boilers were installed and operated, regularly requiring maintenance and repair. Mesothelioma lawyers at LK have represented numerous individuals who have been exposed to asbestos at foundries located throughout the country. If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos at the Deeter Foundry and have developed an asbestos-related illness, contact LK for a free consultation.
Nebraska Power Plants
Nebraska is the only state in the country to be served entirely by consumer-owned power entities. Due to this unique situation, numerous small, independently owned power generating cooperatives were established and operated throughout Nebraska between the 1930s and 1990s. Mesothelioma lawyers at LK have represented numerous power plant employees and independent contractors who were exposed to high levels of asbestos dust at power plants across the country.
Due to the presence of various pieces of equipment and machinery throughout a power plant which were repaired on a regular basis, there are many sources of exposure which must be investigated. Power plant employees and independent contractors regularly worked with and around asbestos-containing products at these Nebraska worksites. During your free consultation with an LK attorney, we will explain the traditional and unique exposures suffered by individuals present at a powerhouse.
Individual Case Review
In Nebraska, and across the country, many people also developed mesothelioma from non-occupational asbestos exposures, such as automotive work, home renovations and other hobbies, or from “second-hand asbestos exposure,” which occurred when work clothes contaminated with asbestos were worn home. An experienced LK attorney will assist your family in determining all possible sources of your exposure to asbestos dust.
Many individuals in Nebraska were exposed to asbestos while employed at various types businesses. If you were employed at a worksite in Nebraska, including one of the locations listed below, and have developed an asbestos-related illness, mesothelioma lawyers at LK can help. We understand the emotional pain and stress caused by the diagnoses of these diseases. Attorneys at LK will represent your family with the compassion and zealousness that your family deserves.
Figure 1. Map of the most common asbestos exposure worksites in the State of Nebraska.
- Alliance Municipal Electric System (Alliance, NE)
- Alliance Power Plant (Alliance, NE)
- Allied Chemical (Bellevue, NE)
- Armour & Company (South Omaha, NE)
- Behlen Manufacturing Company (Columbus, NE)
- Budahy Packing Company (South Omaha, NE)
- Canaday Station (Lexington, NE)
- Cargill (Multiple Locations, NE)
- Central Nebraska Power & Irrigation (Columbus, NE)
- Cominco Products Company (Beatrice, NE)
- ConAgra (Omaha, NE)
- Cooper Nuclear Power Plant (Brownville, NE)
- Creamery Company (Beatrice, NE)
- Deeter Foundry (Lincoln, NE)
- Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant (Blair, NE)
- Gas Pipe Line Company (Beatrice, NE)
- Gerald Gentleman Station (Sutherland, NE)
- Hallam Nuclear Power Plant (Hallam, NE)
- Iowa Beef Packers (Denton, IA & Dakota City, NE)
- Kramer Power House (Bellevue, NE)
- L.M. Marcum Company (Alliance, NE)
- Missile Silos (Lincoln, NE)
- National Dehydrating Company (Lexington, NE)
- Nebraska Public Power (Bellevue, NE)
- Nebraska Water Works (Beatrice, NE)
- North Platte Plumbing & Heating (North Platte, NE)
- Offutt Air Force Base (Bellevue, NE)
- Omaha Packing Company (Omaha, NE)
- Pacific Fruit Express (North Platte, NE)
- Philips Petroleum Fertilizer Plant (Beatrice, NE)
- Scottsbluff Packing Company (Scottsbluff, NE)
- Scottsbluff Sugar Company (Scottsbluff, NE)
- Sheldon Station (Hallam, NE)
- Swift & Company (Scottsbluff, NE)
- Union Pacific Railroad Company (Columbus, NE)
- United Electric Company (Lexington, NE)
If you or your loved one are a Nebraska resident or were exposed to asbestos in Nebraska, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please call 1-800-637-6529 or submit an online inquiry on this website to receive a FREE consultation with mesothelioma lawyers at Levy Konigsberg LLP.
Under the law of most states, pain and suffering from mesothelioma may be compensated through the award of money damages, usually obtained with the help of experienced mesothelioma attorneys. In some states other types of damages may also be recovered.
Asbestos litigation affords mesothelioma victims the opportunity to receive financial compensation and hold accountable the companies that caused their asbestos exposure.
- Preserve your rights to bring a legal action against the responsible parties within the limited time frame allowed by law, known as statute of limitations;
- Obtain maximum compensation in your case by being able to:
- Preserve evidence and establish facts of the asbestos exposure while the claimant is still alive and able to provide information;
- File and resolve a lawsuit against the responsible parties before they file for bankruptcy or, if they already have, to obtain compensation before their bankruptcy trust funds run out of money;
- Expedite your case, as courts tend to give higher priority to mesothelioma lawsuits where the claimant is still alive.