LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA OVERVIEW
Long Beach is a coastal city 25 miles south west of downtown Los Angeles. Diverse in it’s people and it’s neighborhoods, the current population is over 450,000.
After its 1897 incorporation, Long Beach grew as a seaside resort with light agricultural uses. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries a growing number of settlers were attracted to the inland areas north of the beach. Industries included dairies, cattle ranches, poultry farms, fish canneries, orchards, grain fields, and agriculture including beets, beans, barley, cabbage, and alfalfa-the area became the communities of Signal Hill, Zaferia, Bixby Knolls, and Belmont Heights.
Oil was discovered in 1921 on Signal Hill, which split off as a separately incorporated city shortly afterward. The discovery of the Long Beach Oil Field, brought in by the gusher at the Alamitos No. 1 well, made Long Beach a major oil producer; in the 1920s the field was the most productive in the world.
Pre World War II, Long Beach began transitioning from agriculture to industry, some of the most significant being Oil, Petrochemical, Automotive and Defense. The Ford Motor Company built a factory called Long Beach Assembly that began building the Ford Model A. Douglas Aircraft Company’s largest facility was its Long Beach plant, totaling 1,422,350 sq. ft. The first plane rolled out the door on December 23, 1941. The plant produced C-47 Skytrain transports, B-17 Flying Fortress bombers, and A-20 Havoc attack bombers simultaneously. Douglas merged with the McDonnell Aircraft Company in 1967 where the Douglas DC-8 and the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 were built.
Long Beach Naval Shipyard (LBNSY) opened in February 1943 in the midst of World War II. At its peak in 1945, LBNSY employed over 16,000 people. It would become the one of main overhaul and repair yards on the West Coast, specifically for the Destroyers and Air Craft Carriers of the 7th Fleet. In the early 80’s, World War II battleships USS Missouri and USS New Jersey were extensively overhauled and modernized at LBNSY. LBNSY was closed through the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) processes in 1995.
Also located in the Long Beach harbor were two private shipyards, Todd Shipyard and Bethlehem Steel. The former built the Oliver Hazard class frigates in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Bethlehem was a major repair yard for cargo ships, as well as Coast Guard and Navy ships.
Post war, the economy of Long Beach grew. As before, Automotive, Oil and Defense still were the stalwarts. Shell, Mobil, Texaco, and Union all had refineries in the area. In 1972, Toyota opened up a factory in North Long Beach manufacturing car parts. Douglas Aircraft Company (later McDonnell Douglas and now part of Boeing) had plants at the Long Beach Airport where they built aircraft for World War II, and later built DC-8s, DC-9s, DC-10s, and MD-11s.
The Port of Long Beach is the second-busiest container port in the United States, after the Port of Los Angeles, which it adjoins. Acting as a major gateway for US–Asian trade, the seaport generates approximately US$100 billion in trade and employs more than 316,000 people in Southern California.
Long Beach area mesothelioma lawsuits have been brought based on asbestos exposure that occurred at many specific worksites around the county such as:
- Air Products & Chemicals
- American Chemical
- Beck Arnely Auto Parts
- Bethlehem Shipyard
- California Shipbuilding
- California State University Long Beach
- Collier Carbon & Chemical
- Consolidated Steel
- Craig Shipyard
- Dee Engineering
- Dockside Machine & Boiler Works
- Edging ton Oil
- Fellow & Stewart Shipyard
- Fletcher Oil & Refining
- General Petroleum/Mobil Oil
- General Ship Service
- Long Beach General Hospital
- Long Beach Marine Repair Company
- Long Beach Memorial Hospital
- Long Beach Veterans Hospital
- Long Beach Naval Shipyard
- Marlex Oil & Refining
- McDonnell Douglass Aircraft
- Port Of Long Beach
- Shell Chemical
- Shell Oil
- SS Queen Mary
- Stauffer Chemical
- Terminal Island Federal Prison
- Todd Shipyard
- Union Oil
- United Concrete Pipe Company
Long Beach mesothelioma cases can involve industrial and shipyard 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
- Pipe Installation
- Public Works projects
- Sheetmetal Workers
- Tire men
- Vehicle Repair
The mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have also brought 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 Long Beach and brought the asbestos home on their work clothes.
Asbestos exposed workers in Long Beach mesothelioma lawsuits can receive care and treatment at hospitals and medical centers throughout Long Beach, where oncologists and other medical professionals can make referrals to regional experts treating mesothelioma cases. These Long Beach treatment facilities include:
- Kaiser Permanente (numerous locations)
- University of CA Healthcare (UCLA)
- Veterans Affairs Medical Center
EXPERIENCE OF LONG BEACH MESOTHELIOMA LAWYERS
The offices of the mesothelioma law firm of Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood are located in the beautiful Jack London Square area of Oakland, California. The Kazan, McCain, Satterley & Greenwood mesothelioma lawyers are able to file and prosecute cases throughout California, including in the Long Beach/Los Angeles area.
Long Beach mesothelioma lawsuits can be designated complex litigation and handled in the courts’ dedicated Asbestos Department. Plaintiffs in Long Beach Mesothelioma Lawsuits are often entitled to preference on the court’s trial calendars, allowing their cases to proceed quickly to trial and resolution.
Over the last four decades, the mesothelioma Law Firm of Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood has recovered over $4 billion in jury verdicts and settlements in mesothelioma cases arising throughout California, including in Long Beach.
CONTACT THE LONG BEACH MESOTHELIOMA LAWYERS
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us now to speak with one of our partners. The mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan McClain, Satterley & Greenwood will bring their decades of expertise and success to your claim for mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure in Long Beach. 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.