LAKE COUNTY MESOTHELIOMA LAWYERS
Lake County mesothelioma lawsuits occur because an individual has been exposed to asbestos at some point during their lives, at any of various industrial and manufacturing worksites around the county.
LAKE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA OVERVIEW
The clients of Lake County mesothelioma lawyers are individuals and families who live in California’s beautiful Lake County, or were exposed to asbestos there, and whose lives have been tragically and irretrievably affected by mesothelioma. Located in North Central California, directly north of the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake County is named for its beautiful and aptly named Clear Lake — the largest natural freshwater lake contained entirely in California (Lake Tahoe is shared with Nevada). With 68 square miles of surface area, according to geologists it is probably one of the oldest lakes in North America having existed in its present form for 480,000 years. Clear Lake is beloved by fishermen and is popularly known as being the “Bass Capital of the West” because two-thirds of the fish caught in it are largemouth bass. It also teems with bluegill, crappie, carp, and catfish. Its warm, spacious waters make it a perfect spot for watersports, with water skiing, wakeboarding, sailing and boat races being especially popular. On the south shore of the lake stands Mount Konocti, a volcanic cone that last erupted some 11,000 years ago and as part of the “Pacific Ring of Fire” may yet erupt again. Lake County is also part of California’s famous Wine Country and is home to over 30 wineries and 5 distinct wine growing appellations. The American Lung Association has repeatedly rated Lake County as having the cleanest air in the United States.
Approximately 64,000 people call Lake County, California home. While its largest city is Clearlake, its county seat lies in historic Lakeport. Many residents live in or near the smaller census-designated places of Clearlake Oaks, Clearlake Riviera, Cobb, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Lower Lake, Lucerne, Middletown, Nice, North Lakeport, Soda Bay, Spring Valley, Upper Lake and unincorporated communities such as Finley, Glenhaven, Loch Lomond, Parramore Springs and Whispering Pines.
- Clearlake Riviera
- Hidden Valley Lake
- North Lakeport
The Pomo people have lived in what is now Lake County, California for over 12,000 years and despite a period of enslavement, mistreatment and disease, continue to do so today. They have long been renowned for their intricate basketry made from lakeside tules and other native plants. After a period of Spanish control, the mid-1850s brought American pioneers and European settlers to the region who started the ranches, farms, vineyards and orchards that last to this day. Around this time, in 1861, portions of Napa, Mendocino and Colusa Counties were combined to form Lake County. Lake County’s natural beauty quickly brought a wave of visitors and numerous luxury resorts were built around the region’s mineral springs catering to a wealthy clientele from San Francisco and beyond who came to “take the waters.” Ferryboat steamers plied Clear Lake taking tourists from town to town and a railroad was planned, but never built. The county was even visited by “gentleman bandit” Black Bart, who in 1882 robbed a stagecoach traveling from Lakeport to Cloverdale.
Lake County’s Mediterranean climate and volcanic-ash rich soil were almost immediately seen to be ideal for wine grapes, and Lake County’s first vines were planted as early as 1854. Serranus C. Hastings, the founder of Hastings College of the Law and California’s first Chief Justice, began a vineyard in Lake County in the 1870s. Legendary British actress and socialite Lillie Langtry purchased acreage near Middletown, brought in a European winemaker, and established the Guenoc & Langtry Estate in the late 1880s – today this winery is known as Langtry Estate & Vineyards.
The 1906 earthquake set back local tourism (some say it caused the hot springs to go dry) and prohibition put Lake County’s wine industry on hiatus, but both have surged back since the 1960s. Bartlett pear, walnut and other fruit orchards that had long been present, expanded greatly in Lake County during Prohibition and remain a major component of the region’s agricultural industry today. Lake County’s Kelseyville calls itself the “Pear Capital of the World,” where in 1999, 85,000 tons of pears were processed.
Lake County mesothelioma lawsuits may be handled in the Lake County civil court system. They may also be filed in other California counties with civil court departments dedicated to handling mesothelioma lawsuits, even those arising in Lake County. There are two civil court locations in Lake Country. Most operations are based in the Lakeport Division at 255 North Forbes Street in Lakeport, just two blocks west of City Hall and the lakefront. Some matters are also handled at the smaller Clearlake Branch, located at 7000 A, South Center Drive in Clearlake. The “Old” Lake County Courthouse at 255 North Main in Lakeport, was built in 1870 and served as both a courthouse and as the local seat of government until 1968. It is now a museum dedicated to Lake County history. It was one of the few local buildings to survive the 1906 earthquake without any major damage.
Whereever a Lake County lawsuit may ultimately be filed, plaintiffs in Lake County mesothelioma lawsuits are often given calendar priority because many counties have dedicated Asbestos Departments allowing them to proceed to trial in an expediated manner and leading them to be resolved as quickly as possible.
PREVALENCE OF LAKE COUNTY MESOTHELIOMA LAWSUITS
The Lake County mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley and Greenwood have filed numerous lawsuits arising from asbestos exposure in Lake County.
The Environmental Working Group reports that Lake Country had 158 deaths directly related to asbestos exposure between 1999 and 2017. Between 1990 and 2017, the California Cancer Registry has recorded 44 deaths from mesothelioma in Lake County alone.
Many Lake County mesothelioma lawsuits involve exposure to asbestos that occurred locally within the county. Lake County is and has been home to many agricultural improvements, wineries, irrigation and water projects, and construction jobs that have at times used considerable amounts of asbestos products and asbestos-containing equipment.
Lake County mesothelioma lawsuits have been brought based on asbestos exposure that has occurred at many specific worksites around the county such as:
- Water Pipe Installation Projects, Countywide – Construction Sites
- Irrigation Pipe Installation, Countywide – Utility Projects
- Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Countywide – Facilities & Utility Projects.
Lake 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 Lake 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 Kazan firm’s lawyers have also brought many successful “take home” Mesothelioma Lawsuits on behalf of spouses and family members of workers who were exposed to take-home asbestos at their worksites in Lake County and brought the asbestos home on their work clothes.
Workers exposed to asbestos in Lake County can receive treatment and care at hospitals and medical centers throughout Lake County, including:
● Adventist Heath – Clearlake
● Sutter Health: Sutter Lakeside Hospital – Lakeport
● Sutter Health: Sutter Care at Home – Lakeport
● Veterans Affairs Community Clinic – Clearlake
EXPERIENCE OF LAKE COUNTY MESOTHELIOMA LAWYERS
Over the past four decades, the attorneys at the Lake 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 cases originating in Lake County.
CONTACT THE LAKE 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 Lake 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 Lake County. We can be reached 24/7 via live chat, telephone or by filling out the form on this page. 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.