BISMARCK, North Dakota – Mesothelioma attorneys from the national asbestos litigation firm of Levy Konigsberg LLP (“LK”) are continuing to help North Dakota 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 North Dakota. Even more are diagnosed with lung cancer and asbestosis. All of these asbestos-related diseases could have been prevented if workers had been properly protected from exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma attorneys at LK are experienced in investigating the industrial asbestos exposures suffered by individuals throughout North Dakota.
Mandan Oil Refinery
With construction beginning in 1952 and operations officially underway in 1954, the Mandan Oil Refinery has employed thousands of North Dakota citizens between the 1950s and 1990s. The Tesoro Mandan Refinery occupies approximately 960 acres of land near the Missouri River with major operations located throughout the land, including refining activities and the operation of an alkylation unit, cat cracker, ultra-former, hydrotreater, poly unit and isom unit. Numerous skilled tradespeople, including electricians, millwrights, boilermakers, turbine operators, furnace technicians, laborers, and various other trades, were required to operate dangerous, high-temperature equipment. For decades, individuals in North Dakota worked with and around asbestos-containing equipment at the Mandan Oil Refinery.
Mesothelioma attorneys at LK previously represented a lifelong employee of the Mandan Oil Refinery. Our client worked in several different areas of the oil refinery, regularly working with and around asbestos-containing products. During our representation, we completed a voluminous document review consisting of several decades worth of purchase invoices of the products regularly purchased and received by the Mandan Oil Refinery, including many of the asbestos-containing products that Mandan Oil Refinery employees would have been exposed to on a regular basis. Attorneys at LK are experienced in representing former employees of the Mandan Oil Refinery. If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos at the Mandan Oil Refinery and have developed an asbestos-related disease, attorneys at LK are prepared to vigorously investigate all possible sources of your asbestos exposure.
To support the Mandan Oil Refinery, Service Pipeline began construction of a pipeline in 1952 to transport product from Tioga to the refinery in Mandan. Employees, independent contractors and other experts spent hundreds of hours at these worksites in North Dakota planning, building and supervising the construction of the Tioga-Mandan pipeline. Many of the products used in the construction of the Tioga-Mandan pipeline contained asbestos. Individuals present at this massive project were potentially exposed to large amounts of airborne asbestos while completing their work. If you were employed at the Tioga-Mandan pipeline project and have developed an asbestos-related disease, attorneys at LK can assist you and your family in seeking financial compensation for your injuries.
North Dakota Farms & Ranches
North Dakota enjoys a rich agricultural history, with 39 million acres of farms and ranches spread throughout the state, comprising almost 90% of the state’s land. With an average farm size of 1,241 acres of land, North Dakota families grew the nation’s wheat, corn and sugar beets and raised a substantial amount of the nation’s cattle and calves. Mesothelioma attorneys at LK understand the backbreaking effort, dedication and skill necessary to maintain such large operations. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness due to work on a farm or ranch, we will vigorously investigate all sources of your asbestos exposure. After decades of physical, financial and emotional investment into their agricultural ventures, farmers and ranchers in North Dakota deserve the strongest legal advocacy possible.
Much of the equipment used by farmers and ranchers required brakes, clutches and other automotive components, including gaskets, seals, flanges and manifolds. Farming equipment, including tractors, cultivators, seeders, layers, planters, spreaders, sorters, fertilizing equipment, balers, mowers, toppers, backhoes, loaders, cutters, traction engines, threshing machines hog oilers as well as trucks and cars, were routinely used on North Dakota farms. Many farmers personally maintained this equipment, regularly performing required maintenance, including brake and clutch replacements as well as removal and installation of gaskets and seals. Although manufacturers of automotive components were aware of the dangers associated with exposure to asbestos as far back as the 1930s and 1940s, much of this automotive equipment incorporated asbestos through to the 1990s. Farmers and other employees were regularly exposed to asbestos while maintaining equipment critical to their operations.
North Dakota Military Bases
North Dakota is a proud home to two major Air Force bases: Grand Forks Air Force Base, Emerado, ND (Est. 1955.) and Minot Air Force Base, Ward, ND (Est. 1956).
Between the 1950s and 1990s, thousands of military personnel and civilian employees were stationed at Air Force bases located in North Dakota. Many skilled military personnel and civilian employees, including mechanics, boilermakers, machinists and other trades, worked with and around asbestos-containing equipment. Mesothelioma attorneys at LK have represented numerous victims of mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos while stationed at a military base. If you or a loved one were stationed or employed at one of these North Dakota military bases and have developed an asbestos-related disease, an attorney at LK will assist you in identifying all possible exposures of asbestos you may have suffered while on a military base.
North Dakota Power Plants
Spread throughout North Dakota, many powerhouses were constructed and operated for several decades, including coal-fired plants, generating units and hydroelectric plants. Between the 1930s and 1980s, thousands of individuals in North Dakota were exposed to asbestos at these power plants. Many of the manufacturers of the machinery and equipment installed and replaced at these North Dakota power plants were aware of the dangers associated with asbestos to exposure but did nothing to warn plant employees who worked with and around those products on a daily basis.
The generation of power in North Dakota required the use of large, high-temperature equipment. Boilers, furnaces, turbines, cooling towers and ovens were installed, maintained and repaired at these power plants. This equipment required large amounts of asbestos-containing products to properly function. Other products, including pumps, valves, motors, wire, cable, heaters, air conditioning units, gaskets, packing, chillers, and steam traps were necessary to allow the powerhouses to properly function. Individuals working at these North Dakota power plants were exposed to high levels of asbestos dust from their work with or around these products.
An experienced attorney at LK will investigate your asbestos exposure and employment history to determine the best location for filing your case. Many companies who manufactured and sold asbestos-containing products incorporated their businesses in Delaware and conducted substantial amounts of business in the state. Due to their corporate presence in Delaware, asbestos lawsuits may be filed in Wilmington, where Delaware’s asbestos docket is located. Our client who was exposed to asbestos at the Mandan Oil Refinery pursued his mesothelioma lawsuit in the Delaware courts. During your free consultation, an LK attorney will review all options available to successfully handling your asbestos lawsuit.
Individual Case Review
In North Dakota, and across the country, many people also developed mesothelioma from non-occupational asbestos exposures, such as shade tree 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 Levy Konigsberg attorney will assist your family in determining all possible sources of your exposure to asbestos dust.
North Dakota worksites where asbestos exposure was common include:
Figure 1. Map of the most common asbestos exposure worksites in the State of North Dakota.
- A.H. Bennett Company (Fargo, ND)
- ABM Missile Radar Sites (Langdon, ND)
- American Oil Refinery (Mandan, ND)
- Ang Coal Gasification Company (Beulah, ND)
- Basic Electric Power Corp. (Bismarck, ND)
- Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Beulah, ND)
- Boiler Plant, State Hospital (Jamestown, ND)
- Building Sprinkler Company, Inc. (Fargo, ND)
- Center Power Plant (Center, ND)
- Cowan Building (Bismarck, ND)
- Coyote Power Station (Beulah, ND)
- F-M Insulation (Fargo, ND)
- Fargo Foundry & Steel Manufacturing (Fargo, ND)
- Garrison Dam (Bismarck, ND)
- Grand Forks Air Force Base (Emerado, ND)
- Heskett Station (Mandan, ND)
- Hughes Electric Company (Statewide, ND)
- Jamestown Plumbing, Heating & AC, Inc. (Jamestown, ND)
- Larimore Stock (Fargo, ND)
- Leeby Victor H Company (Fargo, ND)
- Leland Olds Generating Station (Stanton, ND)
- Lignite Combustion Engineering Company (Bismarck, ND)
- MacArthur Warehouse Building (Emerado, ND)
- Mandan Refinery (Mandan, ND) Milton R. Young Station (Center, ND)
- Minnesota Northern Power Company (Kincaid, ND)
- Minnkota Power Coop. (Center, ND)
- Minot Air Force Base (Tatman, ND)
- Minuteman Missile Site (Langdon, ND)
- Montana Dakota Utilities (Beulah, ND)
- No. Pacific Railway Plant (Mandan, ND)
- North Dakota 45 Basin (Stanton, ND)
- Northern Pacific Railway Company (Jamestown, ND)
- Northern States Power Company (Fargo, ND)
- Otter Tail Power Company (Beulah, ND)
- Par Missile Sites (Langdon, ND)
- Pillsbury Company (Fargo, ND)
- Safeguard Facilities (Langdon, ND)
- Service Pipeline (Mandan, ND)
- Sornsin Company (Mandan, ND)
- Square Butte Electric Company (Center, ND)
- Standard Oil Company (Mandan, ND)
- Stanton Power Plant (Stanton, ND)
- Tesoro (Mandan, ND)
- Truax Traer Coal Company (Kincaid, ND)
- United Power Association (Stanton, ND)
- Wellsboro Electric Company (Beulah, ND)
- West Acres (Fargo, ND)
If you or your loved one are a North Dakota resident or were exposed to asbestos in North Dakota, 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 attorneys 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.