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Stanislaus County Mesothelioma


Stanislaus County mesothelioma lawsuits arise from an individual having had exposure to asbestos at some point during their lives.  This has occurred at many different worksites and locations around the County.



The clients of Stanislaus County mesothelioma lawyers are individuals and families who live in California’s central Stanislaus County whose lives have been terribly and irretrievably changed by mesothelioma.  Stanislaus County lies in the heart of California’s Central Valley just to the east of the San Francisco Bay Area.  The county has long been divided by the natural barrier that is the San Joaquin River, with most of its wealth and development following the railroad, State Highway 99, and major irrigation projects on its east side. 

Stanislaus County is bordered by many other counties: Santa Clara and Alameda to the west; San Joaquin and Calaveras to the north; Tuolumne and Mariposa to the east; and Merced to the south.



While much of Stanislaus County is small farming communities, some areas west of the San Joaquin River (locally called the “West Side”) have recently been transformed by enormous growth (especially along the I-5 corridor) as they have become affordable bedroom communities for people working in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A half-million people live in Stanislaus County, California, with 201,000 of them residing in the county seat of Modesto.  Stanislaus County’s other cities are Turlock (pop. 65,549), Ceres (Pop. 45,417), Riverbank (pop. 22,678), Oakdale (pop. 20,675), Hughson (pop. 6,640), Patterson (pop 20,413) and Newman (pop. 10,224).  Many other Stanislaus County residents live in or near one of its many Census-designated or unincorporated communities, the largest of which are West Modesto (pop. 5,682), Keyes (pop. 5,601), Bret Harte (pop. 5,152) and Denair (pop. 4,404).

●          Bret Harte

●          Ceres

●          Denair

●          Hughson

●          Keyes

●          Modesto

●          Newman

●          Oakdale

●          Patterson

●          Riverbank

●          Turlock

●          Waterford

●          West Modesto


The original inhabitants of Stanislaus County were the many and varied tribes of the Yokuts people who lived undisturbed until the arrival of Gabriel Moraga’s Spanish expedition of 1806 which began an era of colonization. The region’s marshy terrain quickly become a center of indigenous resistance against the Spanish missions and the Mexican authorities that replaced them.  In 1828 a Yokuts christened Estanislao (Spanish for Stanislaus) led an uprising at Mission San Jose, following which he brought many escaped Native Americans with him to this region, around what was then called the Laquisimes River.  Here, he created an army of Yokuts, Miwok and Chumash, that raided the colonial missions and ranchos, taking horses and cattle and freeing enslaved natives.  According to legend, Estanislao wore a mask and would leave a carved “S” in a tree after his attacks and thereby became the real-life inspiration for the character of Zorro.  Estanislao’s fighters were initially quite successful, even defeating a Mexican army led by General Vallejo near what is now Caswell Memorial State Park.  After several inconclusive encounters and a literal scorched earth campaign by Vallejo, now better equipped with cannon, Estanislao was eventually defeated and returned to Mission San Jose. There he sought absolution from the local priests and was pardoned by the Mexican government.  Estanislao’s bravery and righteousness unquestioned by all, the Laquismes River was renamed the Stanislaus in his honor and when Stanislaus Country was created in 1854 it too gained his name.  Tragically, by that time small-pox and malaria brought by traders had led to an unfathomable number of native deaths in the region.

The gold-rush brought an initial burst of new settlement to Stanislaus County, and its first county seats were located in then bustling towns (and now unincorporated communities) of La Grange and then Knights Crossing (where over a century later many scenes of Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie where filmed).  But they were no match for the enormous agricultural bonanza that would follow in the valley below and Modesto, founded in 1870 as a station on the new railroad line connecting Los Angeles with Sacramento, quickly became a boomtown and the county’s hub.  Over the course of the 20th Century, Modesto’s population grew from 2,000 to 200,000 people. 

Stanislaus County’s agricultural prowess is second to none.  Among its numerous, food, cereal, snack factories and dairies, is E&J Gallo, the world’s largest winery, and its associated Gallo Glass Company, the largest wine bottle manufacturer. Filmmaker George Lucas, perhaps Stanislaus County’s most famous son, immortalized Modesto in his 1973 classic American Graffiti.

Stanislaus County mesothelioma lawsuits may be handled in the Stanislaus 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 lawsuits arising in Stanislaus.  The Superior Court of California, Stanislaus County, operates at several locations.  The “Main Courthouse” is located at 800 11th Street in downtown Modesto.  Civil cases however are heard at the “City Towers Courthouse (Civil)” a modest office high-rise located at 801 10th Street, Modesto.  Departments 23, 24 and the Civil Clerks Office can be found on the Fourth Floor, while Departments 21 and 22 are on the Sixth Floor. The Traffic Court (Dept. 20) is located at 2260 Floyd Avenue in Modesto; Juvenile Court (Depts. 17 & 18) at 2215 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto; and the “Turlock Court” at 300 Star Avenue in Turlock handles small claims and unlawful detainers (Dept. 19).  The Courts in Stanislaus County are capably served by 21 judges and 3 commissioners and a staff of about 250 employees.  The Superior Court of California, Stanislaus County, is the 17th largest court system in California.  Whatever county a Stanislaus County mesothelioma lawsuit may ultimately be filed in, due to the pressing and time sensitive nature of mesothelioma cases, plaintiffs in Stanislaus County mesothelioma lawsuits are often given priority, as many counties where Stanislaus 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. 



The Stanislaus County mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley and Greenwood file many mesothelioma lawsuits, including cases involving asbestos exposure in the county.

The Environmental Working Group reports that between the years of 1999 and 2017 Stanislaus County has been afflicted by 408 deaths that were the direct result of exposure to asbestos.  Also, for the years 1999 to 2017, the California Cancer Registry has recorded 123 mesothelioma cancer deaths in Stanislaus County.   

In most cases, Stanislaus County mesothelioma lawsuits involve exposure to asbestos that has occurred locally within the county.  Stanislaus County is and has been home to many canneries, agricultural packing plants, processed food facilities, chemical factories, irrigation and water projects, autobody and automotive shops, and construction jobs that have at times used considerable amounts of hazardous asbestos products and equipment with equally dangerous asbestos-containing parts. 

Stanislaus County mesothelioma lawsuits have been brought based on asbestos exposure that has occurred at many specific worksites around the county such as:

●          Barium Products, Ltd., Modesto – Manufacturing Plant

●          Del Monte Cannery, Modesto – Construction Site

●          Gallo Winery, Modesto – Food Processing

●          Hershey Chocolate Factory, Oakdale – Food Processing

●          Hunt-Wessen Food Cannery, Oakdale – Food Processing

●          S&W Fine Foods, Modesto – Food Processing

●          Stanislaus County Water District, Countywide – Construction Sites

●          Tillie Lewis Foods, Inc., Modesto – Food Processing


Stanislaus 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:

●          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

●          Marine 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 Stanislaus County mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have brought successful asbestos exposure lawsuits arising from asbestos exposure at many types of worksites:

●          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 Stanislaus 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 Stanislaus County worksites and brought the asbestos home on their work clothes.

The workers exposed to asbestos in Stanislaus County mesothelioma lawsuits have received the treatment and care that they need at hospitals and medical centers throughout Stanislaus County.  Facilities where Stanislaus County mesothelioma patients have received valuable care include:

●          Kaiser Permanente Hospital and Medical Center – Modesto

●          Veterans Affairs Clinic – Modesto

●          University of California Health Care: UCSF – Modesto

●          Stanford Health Care: Radiation Oncology – Turlock

●          Sutter Health: Memorial Medical Center – Modesto

●          Sutter Gould Medical Foundation – Modesto

●          Sutter Care at Home – Ceres, Modesto, Patterson, Turlock



The Stanislaus County mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have brought countless successful mesothelioma cases on behalf of workers injured in Stanislaus County.  Over the past four decades, the attorneys at the Stanislaus County mesothelioma law firm of Kazan, McClain, Satterley and Greenwood have recovered well over $4 billion from jury verdicts and settlements in California mesothelioma cases including cases originating in Stanislaus County.



If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact us now to speak with one of our partners.  The Stanislaus 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 Stanislaus County.  We can be reached 24/7 via live chat, telephone or by filling out the form on this page.


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