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Watsonville Mesothelioma Lawyers

Watsonville mesothelioma lawyers represent individuals and their families who were diagnosed with an asbestos related illness, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma resulting from their exposure to asbestos, talcum powder or talc. We offer hope to families whose lives have been tragically and irreversibly affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.

Watsonville mesothelioma lawyers

Watsonville, California Overview

Watsonville is a city on the Central Coast of California, just five miles inland from Monterey Bay. Watsonville covers an area of 6.80 square miles and is in Santa Cruz County.  The 2022 census estimates 51,525 residents reside in Watsonville, California.  It is 18.4 miles from Santa Cruz, 53.5 miles from San Jose, 85 miles from Oakland and 88 miles from San Francisco.    



The Ohlone Indians were the indigenous inhabitants along the coast from San Francisco Bay through Monterey Bay to the lower Salinas Valley. The Costanoan Ohlone Rumsen-Mutsen Tribe, inhabited the Watsonville area. By the late 1700s, members of the indigenous Indians were moved to Mission Santa Cruz, (established on August 28, 1791), and later to Mission San Juan Bautista established near the Pajaro River on June 24, 1797. 

From 1769 –1797, the Mission Friars attempted to control and convert the Ohlone tribe and later tried to convert members of the Yokuts tribe which were brought to the missions from the east.  Both Missions required Indian labor to develop the land.  The Native Indian population was eventually decimated by abuse, European disease, and military and settlers’ conflicts.

Seven historical Mexican Ranchos surround the Watsonville area, including San Andres, Los Corralitos, Bolsa de Pajaro, Bolsa de San Cayetano, Salsipuedes, Laguna de Calabasas, and Vega del Rio del Pajaro.  However, Watsonville sits on parts of two Mexican land grants.  It lies on part of the old Rancho Bolsa del Pajaro a 5,496 acre land grant given by the Mexican Governor Juan B. Alvarado to Sebastian Rodriguez in 1837, and on part of Rancho Vega del Rio del Pajaro, granted to Antonio Maria Castro in 1821. 

In 1852, John Watson a former Judge bought a portion of Rancho Bolsa del Pajaro for $4000.00.  He divided the land and laid out a township near the Pajaro River.  A dispute arose whether John Watson owned some of Sebastian Rodriguez’ Rancho Bolsa del Pajaro. John Watson filed a claim against Sebastian Rodriguez, but Watson lost his claim in 1857.  In 1862, Watson left Watsonville and moved to Nevada. Watson never returned to Watsonville. On March 30, 1868, the California State Legislature approved a request to incorporate Rancho Bolsa del Pajaro into the Town of Watsonville. 

The 1849, California Gold Rush brought wide-ranging populaces to the Watsonville area. In 1871, Watsonville thrived and grew when the Southern Pacific Railroad connected Watsonville to the Santa Clara Valley, consequently providing access to the rest of California. Today, the Pajaro Valley and Watsonville’s population reflects the historical diversity with descendants of Ohlone natives, Californio natives, Europeans, Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, African-Americans and others that have contributed to the Valley’s success.

The Pajaro Valley is the agricultural heart of Santa Cruz County.  In the early 1900s, Filipino migrant laborers were brought from the Philippines to the United States, including the Pajaro Valley (and Watsonville) to work the fields and canneries for very low wages. 

At the time Filipino Americans faced many exclusionary and racist policies and laws that attempted to prohibit Filipino Americans from raising families in California.  From January 19 to 23, 1930, the Watsonville Riots occurred, when over 700 white men terrorized the town of Watsonville for five days.  The mob targeted Filipino migrant laborers, with indiscriminate violence, and arson resulting in the murder of twenty-two-year-old Fermin Tobera.

Watsonville’s early economy was cattle grazing and agriculture. In the early 19th century Watsonville was a principal apple-growing region in California.  Today Watsonville’s crops include strawberries, apples, fresh flowers, cauliflower, broccoli and artichokes. Watsonville’s history of farming, is celebrated each year with the Watsonville Strawberry Festival.

Watsonville is also known as a major food processing center.  Watsonville’s food processors freeze and distribute more fruits and vegetables than any other single area in the United States. Watsonville is home to several large national company headquarters, including Driscoll’s Strawberries, Martinelli’s, California Giant Berry Farms, Monterey Mushrooms, Graniterock, Granite Construction, and West Marine.

The Watsonville Sloughs cover nearly 800 acres adjacent to the city of Watsonville.  It is one of the largest remaining freshwater marshlands in the state.  The Watsonville Sloughs is an important resting place for thousands of migrating birds and wildlife that frequent the area.  The wetlands protect 23 endangered native plants and animal species.



The mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood work throughout California and will come to your home in Watsonville 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 generally, it is necessary to take a detailed work history to determine exposure. 

Many Watsonville mesothelioma lawsuits involve exposure to asbestos that occurred in the city or in the surrounding area. Watsonville mesothelioma lawsuits have been brought based on asbestos exposure that occurred at many nearby worksites around the city, including:

  • Agricultural Operations-County Wide
  • Auto Repair/ Body Shops
  • Automotive, Trucks and Farm Equipment Repair Operations-County Wide
  • Chemical Plants  
  • Commercial Construction
  • Food Processing Plant/Packing Plant
  • Residential Construction
  • School Construction
  • Lumberyards
  • Santa Cruz County Water District-Countywide
  • Stockley-Van Camp, Santa Cruz
  • Wrigley’s Gum Factory, Santa Cruz

Watsonville mesothelioma cases may involve industrial and construction exposure to asbestos by many kinds of workers, in a variety of industrial jobs, trades, and occupations, including:

  • Automotive
  • 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
  • Miners
  • 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 Watsonville 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
  • mines
  • Navy ships
  • oil refineries
  • power plants
  • shipyards

The Watsonville 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 asbestos at their worksites in Watsonville and inadvertently brought the asbestos dust home on their work clothes.

Asbestos exposed workers in Watsonville mesothelioma lawsuits have received treatment at hospitals and medical centers within the county, and throughout  California. These mesothelioma treatment facilities include:

  • Kaiser Permanente, Santa Cruz
  • Sutter Care at Home, Santa Cruz
  • Sutter Health (Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Santa Cruz)


The Watsonville mesothelioma lawyers of Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have brought hundreds of successful mesothelioma cases on behalf of workers injured throughout California, including in Santa Cruz County.  Plaintiffs in Santa Cruz County mesothelioma lawsuits are often entitled to preference on the court’s trial calendars because Santa Cruz County mesothelioma lawsuits are designated as complex litigation, which allows their cases to proceed quickly to trial and resolution.

The offices of the mesothelioma law firm of Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood are located in the Jack London Square neighborhood of Oakland, California. The Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood mesothelioma lawyers can file mesothelioma lawsuits in Watsonville.

For nearly five decades, the Watsonville law firm of Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have recovered over $4 billion dollars in jury verdicts and settlements in mesothelioma cases arising throughout California, including in the city of Watsonville and Santa Cruz County.



If you or a family member have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us now to speak with one of our partners. The Watsonville 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 Watsonville or Santa Cruz County.  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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