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San Diego Mesothelioma

San Diego is a city in the U.S. state of California on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 120 miles south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico. With an estimated population of 1,425,976 as of July 1, 2018,

San Diego is the second-largest city in California. 



San Diego has a rich Native American, Spanish, and Mexican history. Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá was the first Franciscan mission in The Californias, a province of New Spain. Located in present-day San Diego, California, it was founded on July 16, 1769, by Spanish friar Junípero Serra in an area long inhabited by the Kumeyaay people. The mission and the surrounding area were named for the Catholic Didacus of Alcalá, a Spaniard more commonly known as San Diego.

When California became a state in 1850, San Diego officially became a city and county the same year.  The city attracted attention in the early part of the 20th century, as San Diego hosted two World’s Fairs: the Panama-California Exposition in 1915–16 and the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935–36. Both expositions were held in Balboa Park, and many of the Spanish/Baroque-style buildings that were built for those expositions remain to this day as central features of the park. The buildings were intended to be temporary structures, but most remained in continuous use until they progressively fell into disrepair. Most were eventually rebuilt, using castings of the original façades to retain the architectural style.The menagerie of exotic animals featured at the 1915 exposition provided the basis for the San Diego Zoo.

The city is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, long association with the military, and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center. Additionally, it has a large tourism sector including attractions like the museum ship USS Midway, San Diego Padres’ Petco Park, and popular beaches such as Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and Ocean Beach.

One of the San Diego’s historically largest tourist attractions is Sea World, a marine mammal/aquarium park in Mission Bay Park.  The park draws between 3 to 4 million visitors per year.  Opened in 1964, Sea World includes attractions such as the Orca Encounter, Dolphin Days, Sea Lions Live as well as amusement type rides such as roller coasters and water slides.   The Orca Encounter is the evolved, educational presentation that was previously the Shamu killer whale show.

Equally popular is the San Diego Zoo, opened in Balboa Park in 1916. With more than 4 million annual visitors, San Diego Zoo is the most visited zoo in the United States. The zoo houses more than 3,500 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies.

San Diego is connected to Coronado and the North Island Naval Air Station by the Coronado bridge. The bridge opened to traffic on August 3, 1969, during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of San Diego. The 11,179-foot-long (3,407 m or 2.1 mi) bridge ascends from Coronado at a 4.67 percent grade before curving 80 degrees toward San Diego. It is supported by 27 concrete girders, the longest ever made at the time of construction.

San Diego has long been home to the United States Coast Guard, United States Marines, United States Navy, and US Navy Seabees, all four which have or had recruit training bases in the city.

Naval Base San Diego, which locals refer to as 32nd Street Naval Station, is the second largest Surface Ship base of the United States Navy, and home to the United States Pacific Fleet.  The command consists of over 50 ships and over 190 tenant commands.  Some of the air craft carriers that have homeported at San Diego Naval Base are:

  • USS Abraham Lincoln (CV 72)
  • USS Carl Vinson (CV 70)
  • USS Constellation (CV 64)
  • USS Independence (CV 63)
  • USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)
  • USS Ranger (CV 61)
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CV 71)


Naval Base Point Loma is the location of Submarine Squadron 11 (also known as SUBRON 11) is a squadron of submarines based at Point Loma Submarine Base, San Diego. Some of the nuclear submarines and submarine tenders that historically were stationed out of SUBRON 11 were:

  • USS Albuquerque (SSN-706)
  • USS Blueback (SS-581)
  • USS Bremerton (SSN-698)
  • USS Chicago (SSN-721)
  • USS Drum (SSN-677)
  • USS Helena (SSN-725)
  • USS Houston (SSN-713)
  • USS Jefferson City (SSN-759)
  • USS La Jolla (SSN-701)
  • USS Louisville (SSN-724)
  • USS Plunger (SSN-595)
  • USS Pogy (SSN-647)
  • USS Guitarro (SSN-665)
  • USS Pintado (SSN-672)
  • USS Portsmouth (SSN-707)
  • USS Topeka (SSN-754)
  • USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716)
  • USS William H. Bates (SSN-680)
  • USS Dixon (AS-37) — Submarine Tender
  • USS McKee (AS-41) — Submarine Tender
  • USS Sperry (AS-12) — Submarine Tender


Besides the Navy installations, San Diego also had a thriving private shipyard presence including the following:

  • Campbell’s Shipyard
  • Harbor Boat & Yacht Co.
  • Kettenburg Boat Works
  • Lynch Shipbuilding
  • National Steel & Shipbuilding (NASSCO)
  • Rask Boat Building
  • San Diego Marine Construction
  • Southwest Marine
  • Triple A South Shipyard


Mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have brought successful asbestos exposure lawsuits arising from asbestos exposure at many types of worksites in San Diego, and 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 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 San Diego and brought the asbestos home on their work clothes.

Asbestos exposed workers in San Diego mesothelioma lawsuits have received care and treatment at hospitals and medical centers throughout San Diego. These San Diego treatment facilities include:

  • Scripps Mercy Medical Center
  • Alvarado Hospital
  • Sharp Coronado Hospital                            



The offices of the mesothelioma law firm of Kazan, McClain, Satterley and Greenwood are located in the beautiful Jack London Square area of Oakland, California.  The Kazan firm’s mesothelioma lawyers are able to file and prosecute cases throughout San Diego county and California.

San Diego mesothelioma lawsuits are handled in the Los Angeles or Alameda civil court system. The civil courts are located throughout the county. There are three civil court locations in Oakland, and additional civil courts in the cities of Alameda and Hayward. Alameda County Mesothelioma Lawsuits are designated complex litigation and are handled in the court’s dedicated Asbestos Department, in the main Oakland courthouse. Plaintiffs in San Diego 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 in Greenwood have recovered over $4 billion in jury verdicts and settlements in mesothelioma cases arising throughout California, including in San Diego.



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 San Diego. 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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