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Modoc County Mesothelioma

Modoc County Mesothelioma Lawyers

Modoc County mesothelioma lawyers represent families and individuals who live in California’s Modoc County or were exposed to asbestos within the county. We can help families whose lives have been tragically and irreversibly affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.



Located in the remote northeast corner of California, bordering the states of Nevada and Oregon, Modoc County is one of the least populated counties in the state. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,686. Among California counties, only Sierra and Alpine have fewer residents.  The only incorporated city is Alturas, which is also the county seat. 

Modoc County is bordered by Siskiyou County to the west, Lassen County to the south, Shasta County to the southwest, Oregon to the north, and Nevada to the east.



Modoc County contains some of the most diverse and unique scenic landscapes in California, ranging from verdant forests to high desert and otherworldly volcanic features.  The Medicine Lake Highlands include North America’s largest shield volcano, obsidian flows and multiple lava tube caves.  Wild horses still roam the county.  There is great birding in the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge which borders Lava Beds National Monument. The refuge is part of the larger Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge which has been rated one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the United States.  Over 400 different species have been sighted here. Sunset Magazine has called the Klamath Basin one of the hot spots for birding in the west. The Refuge, which straddles the border with Oregon plays host to the largest wintering population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states and has hosted 80 percent of the waterfowl migrating along the Pacific Flyway.

Created in 1874, the county was named after the Native American tribe that lived at the headwaters of the Pit River. The Achumawi and the Paiute also lived in the area. The local tribes subsisted on the waterfowl, wild game, nuts, roots and berries, and unique to the region, the seeds of the water lily, or “wocas,” which were ground to a powder in rock mortars. The Modoc tribe fashioned boats from tule reeds to facilitate transportation and fishing.  The tribe moved seasonally from winter villages around the lakes to higher elevations in the spring.  Native American rock art sites with petrolyphs can still be found in the county.

The growth of timber, gold, agriculture, and the expansion of the railroad lured settlers into Modoc country in the 1870’s.  Settlers from Nevada en route to Oregon on the Lassen Applegate Trail passed through Modoc County.

The tensions between the native tribes and the settlers escalated over time and eventually culminated in the 1872-73 Modoc war, leading to the exile of members of the indigenous Modoc tribe to Oklahoma.

During World War II, Modoc County was the site of a Japanese American internment camp. Tule Lake War Relocation Center was the largest of the 10 internment camps, with a peak population of 18,700. Residents of the center were forced to endure freezing temperatures in tar paper shacks, victims of a policy that questioned the loyalty of Japanese citizens during World War II.  Tule Lake was the only internment camp converted into a maximum-security segregation center. It was governed under martial law and occupied by the Army.



The Modoc County Courthouse is one of the one of the last free standing courthouses used in California. The current building was constructed in 1914.  Designed in Neo-Classic style, it was  built of reinforced concrete in a style meant to mimic the look of stone masonry, and topped with a copper colored dome.

The courthouse currently houses the County offices of Auditor/Clerk, Treasurer/Tax Collector, Assessor, District Attorney, the Modoc County Sheriff’s office and a courtroom still used by the Modoc Superior Court.

The mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have over 45 years of experience working with mesothelioma lawsuits throughout California. Our mesothelioma lawyers can come to your home in Modoc County to discuss your work history, and to guide you through the mesothelioma lawsuit process.  Occupational exposure to asbestos may have taken place many years in the past, and it is often necessary to take a detailed work history to determine exposure.

Modoc County mesothelioma lawsuits involve exposure to asbestos that occurred locally within the county. Modoc County is home to many facilities, and construction projects that have used considerable amounts of asbestos products and asbestos-containing equipment:

  • Agricultural operations – Agricultural
  • Auto Body Shops – Automotive Repair
  • Automotive, trucking and farm equipment repair operations – Automotive Repair
  • Commercial construction – Construction Site
  • Residential construction – Construction Site
  • School construction – Construction Site (School)
  • Water pipe installations – Construction Site


Modoc County 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:

  • Boilermakers
  • Carpenters
  • Construction Workers
  • Custodians
  • Drillers
  • Drywallers
  • Electricians
  • Flooring Installers
  • Foundry Workers
  • Glaziers
  • Home Repair
  • HVAC Repair
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Lathers
  • Machine Operators
  • Machinists
  • Engineers
  • Molders
  • Painters
  • Paintmakers
  • Pipe Installation
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Public Works projects
  • Repairman
  • Riggers
  • Roofers
  • Seaman
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Superintendents/Foremen
  • Tiremen
  • Vehicle Repair
  • Welders


The Modoc County mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have brought successful asbestos exposure lawsuits arising from asbestos exposure at many types of worksites across California, including:

  • aerospace
  • airports
  • automobile plants
  • chemical plants
  • construction sites
  • electric companies
  • factories
  • food-processing plants
  • foundries
  • garages
  • grocery retailers
  • laboratories
  • lumber yards
  • manufacturing plants
  • military facilities
  • Navy ships
  • oil refineries
  • shipyards


The Modoc County 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 Modoc County and brought the asbestos home on their work clothes.

Asbestos exposed workers in Modoc County mesothelioma lawsuits have received care and treatment at hospitals and medical centers throughout Modoc County, where oncologists and other medical professionals can make referrals to regional experts treating mesothelioma cases.  These Modoc County treatment facilities include:

  • Modoc Medical Center – Alturas



The offices of the mesothelioma law firm of Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood are located in Oakland, California, but serve the entire state.  The Kazan firm’s lawyers are able to file and prosecute cases throughout California, including in Modoc County.

Over the last four decades, the Modoc County mesothelioma law firm of Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood has recovered over $4 billion dollars injury verdicts and settlements in mesothelioma cases arising throughout California, including in Modoc County.



If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us now to speak with one of our partners. The Modoc County 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 Modoc 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.


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