KINGS COUNTY MESOTHELIOMA LAWYERS
Kings County mesothelioma lawsuits result from a person having had exposure to asbestos at some point during their lives. These exposures have happened throughout California, including Kings County.
KINGS COUNTY, CALIFORNIA OVERVIEW
The clients of Kings County mesothelioma lawyers are individuals and families who live in California’s agricultural Kings County whose lives have been needlessly and irretrievably harmed by mesothelioma.
Kings County is bordered by Monterey County to the west, Fresno County to the north, Tulare County to the east, and Kern County to the south.
Kings County is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, the veritable “Food Basket of the World,” being one of our planet’s most productive and diverse agricultural areas. Over 85% of Kings County 1,392 square miles are dedicated to agriculture resulting in a harvest of diverse products such as dairy, cotton, almonds, pistachios and tomatoes worth some $2.35 billion in 2018. Kings County dairy product sales alone exceeded $675 million in that year. Del Monte Foods, J.G. Boswell Company, Leprino Foods and Olam International all have large food processing plants in the county. Oil can be found here as well as Kings County shares the Kettleman North Dome Oil Field with neighboring Fresno County. Successfully tapped in 1928, the Kettleman North Dome Oil Field was once one of the most productive fields in the United States peaking in production in 1938 at over 29 million barrels. The oil industry has long been a significant employer. Kings County is also proud to be home to Naval Air Station Lemoore, one of the county’s largest employers and the United States Navy’s newest and largest master jet base. NAS Lemoore serves five Carrier Air Wings consisting of some 175 F/A-18 Super Hornets and 2 squadrons of F-35 Lightening IIs making up the entirety of our Navy’s west coast fighter-attack force. The navy jets of NAS Lemoore are a familiar sight in skies above Kings Country.
The 2010 census recorded Kings County, California, as being home to 152,940 people – 53,967 of whom live in its county seat of Hanford. It also home to three other cities: Corcoran (pop. 24,813), Lemoore (pop. 24,531), and Avenal (pop. 15,505). Several other notable communities in Kings County are Lemoore Station (pop. 7,438), Armona (pop. 4,156), Home Garden (pop. 1, 761), Kettleman City (pop. 1,439) and Stratford (pop. 1,277).
● Home Garden
● Home Garden
● Kettleman City
● Lemoore Station
For millennia prior to recorded history what is now Kings Country was home to the Yokuts people and other Native American tribes. Until the late 19th Century an enormous freshwater lake could be found here – Tulare Lake – the largest such body of water west of the Mississippi and for many years an important fishery, with the city of Hanford shipping tens of thousands of pounds of fresh fish to San Francisco. Slowly the lake dried up as damns and flood controls were constructed and its waters were put to use feeding agriculture and urban needs. The lake was still just large enough during the Second World War to serve as a backup seaplane base for the Alameda Naval Air Station when conditions were too rough for planes to land on the San Francisco Bay. The County, established by the State Legislature in 1893 out the western portion of Tulare County, is named for the Kings River. The Kings River itself was originally named El Rio De Los Santos Reyes (The River of the Holy Kings) in 1805 by Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga, who was the first European to see the region. The name was anglicized after the acquisition of California by the United States in 1848. In 1880 what was to shortly become Kings County was the site of a violent confrontation between local farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad which left seven dead in what is known as the Mussel Slough Tragedy. A conflict over land ownership that pitted agrarian ideals against brutal corporate greed, this tragedy awakened a generation of reformers and activists and inspired such works as Frank Norris’ The Octopus. A state historic landmark is set at the sight of the tragedy on 14th Avenue, just north of Elder Avenue, about 5 and a half miles north of Hanford and a piece of an old oak tree (now fallen) under which the victims were laid is on display at Pioneer Elementary School. Many hold up the dead of Mussel Slough as martyrs in the causes of social justice and individual liberty.
Kings County mesothelioma lawsuits may be handled in the Kings County civil court system. Such lawsuits may also be filed in other California counties which have civil court departments dedicated to handling mesothelioma lawsuits, even Kings County mesothelioma lawsuits. The Superior Court of California for Kings County is located at the modern Kings Superior Court Building located at 1640 Kings County Drive in Hanford. Parking can be found on the north and west sides of the building and is accessible from Kings County Drive or from 12th Avenue and the building can be entered by it’s South and West doorways which also face Kings County Drive and 12th Avenue. The Kings County Superior Court likes visitors to know that its building is a “full security” facility and that everybody entering with be required to pass through a weapons screening device and that all bags will be x-rayed and subject to search, much like at an airport. They also ask that visitors dress appropriately and that people wearing clothes such as shorts, non-prescription sunglasses and tank tops will not be allowed to enter. In its commitment to public trust and service, the Kings County Superior Court states that its mission is to “maximize access to justice” and to treat “everyone with equality, fairness, and integrity.” The eye-catching historic “Kings County Courthouse” built in 1896 and located in Court House Square in Hanford has not been used as a courthouse since 1976 – it currently houses some small offices, shops and restaurants. Whatever county a Kings County mesothelioma lawsuit may ultimately be filed in, due to the pressing and time sensitive nature of mesothelioma cases, plaintiffs in Kings County mesothelioma lawsuits are often given priority, as many counties where Kings County mesothelioma lawsuits may be heard have departments dedicated to hearing mesothelioma lawsuits allowing them to proceed to trial in a highly accelerated fashion and helping them to be resolved as quickly as possible.
PREVALENCE OF KINGS COUNTY MESOTHELIOMA LAWSUITS
The Kings County mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood file countless mesothelioma lawsuits.
The California Cancer Registry has recorded 15 deaths from mesothelioma in Kings County since 1988 and for the years 1999 through 2017, the Environmental Working Group reports that 42 people have unnecessarily died in Kings County as a direct result of asbestos exposure.
In most cases, Kings County mesothelioma lawsuits involve exposure to asbestos that has occurred locally within the county. Kings County is and has been home to many oil refineries, chemical plants, canneries, food processing plants, power plants, irrigation and water projects, autobody and automotive shops, and construction jobs that have at times used sizable amounts of hazardous asbestos products and equipment with equally dangerous asbestos-containing parts.
Kings County mesothelioma lawsuits have been brought based on asbestos exposure that has occurred at many specific worksites around the county such as:
● Beacon Oil Company, Hanford – Oil Refineries
● Golden State Utility Company, Lemoore – Electric Companies
● Occidental Chemical Company, Hanford – Chemical Plants
● Reserve Oil & Gas Company, Hanford – Oil Refineries
● Water pipe installations, countywide – Construction Sites
Kings County mesothelioma cases involve occupational and industrial exposure to asbestos by many different kinds of workers, in all variety of industrial jobs, trades and occupations, including:
● Construction Workers
● Flooring Installers
● Foundry Workers
● Home Repair
● HVAC Repair
● Iron Workers
● Machine Operators
● Marine Engineers
● Pipe Installation
● Public Works projects
● Sheetmetal Workers
● Vehicle Repair
The Kings County mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have brought successful asbestos exposure lawsuits arising from asbestos exposure at many types of worksites:
● automobile plants
● chemical plants
● construction sites
● electric companies
● food-processing plants
● grocery retailers
● lumber yards
● manufacturing plants
● military facilities
● Navy ships
● oil refineries
The Kings County mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have also successfully brought many “take home” mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of spouses and family members of workers who were exposed to take-home asbestos at their Kings County worksites and brought the asbestos home on their work clothes.
The workers exposed to asbestos in Kings County mesothelioma lawsuits have received the needed treatment and care at hospitals and medical centers located in Kings County. Facilities where Kings County mesothelioma patients have received essential care include:
● Adventist Health Hanford
EXPERIENCE OF KINGS COUNTY MESOTHELIOMA LAWYERS
The Kings County mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have brought countless successful mesothelioma cases on behalf of workers injured in Kings County. Over the past four decades, the attorneys at the Kings County mesothelioma law firm of Kazan, McClain, Satterley and Greenwood have recovered well over $4 billion dollars from injury verdicts and settlements in California mesothelioma cases including mesothelioma cases originating in Kings County.
CONTACT THE KINGS COUNTY MESOTHELIOMA LAWYERS
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact us now to speak with one of our partners. The Kings County mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan McClain, Satterley & Greenwood will bring their decades of expertise and success to the claim of you or your loved one for mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure in Kings County. We can be reached 24/7. To get a free consultation with one of our mesothelioma attorneys, please call 1-888-887-1238, fill out the form on this page or use our live chat widget.