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Asbestos Exposure: Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

California Mesothelioma Lawyer Investigating Cancer claims for Coalinga Atlas Asbestos Mine workers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified the former Atlas Asbestos Mine as a Superfund site due to the amount of hazardous material left behind by the mining operations. Those who worked in Coalinga, California mines were at an increased risk of developing cancer and lung diseases. If you or a loved one has fallen ill after working in these heavy industries, contact an attorney to review your work injury claims.

Because the Coalinga, CA area had an abundance of natural asbestos deposits, it became one of the world’s top mining hot spots. This was great for the local economy at the time, however, the long-term consequences were devastating for many. California alone has seen thousands of individuals develop mesothelioma and die of the illness.

After any cancer diagnosis or death in the family, victims can come forward and seek compensation for their losses. There are asbestos trust funds set up by many defunct companies, or other existing corporations that have assumed the toxic exposure liability.

Our lawyers have filed numerous asbestos cancer lawsuits, and we have proven success in this type of litigation. We have the resources to build a strong case with industry experts, and in the past we have settled cases for our clients for six and seven figures.

Coalinga Atlas Asbestos Mining History

The Coalinga Asbestos Mine site as well as the Atlas Asbestos Mine were eventually cleaned up due to the large amount of hazardous materials in the area, but now after they operated for decades. The Coaling mine continued operating until 1977, and the Atlas mine closed two years after that.

The EPA found asbestos in the air, soil, sediments and surface water in Coalinga. The Atlas Asbestos Mine site was 435 acres and consisted of the asbestos mine, a processing mill and administration buildings. The mine operated from 1963 until 1979.

The EPA cleanup project in the 1990s actually involved much of the of the entire city. The huge amount of toxic asbestos fibers in Coalinga had a severe impact for some who worked at the Atlas Asbestos Mine or lived near the work site. Many have developed asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a cancer and believe it may be related to toxic exposure at a work site, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to understand the legal process.

Lawsuits in the past have held mine operators, landowners, and manufacturers of asbestos-containing products accountable for any illness or injury that occurs years later. These work injury claims can provide compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, wrongful death and other damages.

These situations are not as rare as you may think. There were hundreds of asbestos mines and mineral prospects in California alone, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Much of the mining was established in the 1960s in Trinity, San Benito, San Bernardino, Calaveras, Fresno, Lake, Shasta, Placer, Riverside, and Siskiyou Counties.

The King City Asbestos Company (KCAC) mine, also in the Coalinga asbestos district of San Benito and Fresno County, was the last California asbestos mine in operation. Some of the California asbestos mines included:

  • Atlas Asbestos Mine
  • Coalinga Asbestos Mine
  • John D. Hoff Mine
  • George Thomas Prospect
  • Burro Mountain Asbestos Prospect
  • Neugebauer Mine
  • Pacific Asbestos Mine
  • New Idria Mine
  • Union Carbide Mine
  • White Cloud Amphibole Asbestos Site
  • Third Chance Asbestos Mines


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

Was I Exposed to Asbestos at the Workplace?

Most workers who handled asbestos are well aware that they had been exposed at their work sites. They were aware that many products had asbestos as a component in insulation, piping, gaskets, sealants, paints, adhesives, machinery, construction materials, flooring, tiles, soundproofing, electrical boards and cement. other workers may not have been aware of asbestos in a work space, but because asbestos breaks down over time, may have been exposed to asbestos dust. 

Secondary exposure was also possible when workers wore their work clothing back home and brought the toxins into their home.

As a result, many California residents still get diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma—asbestos-related illnesses typically due to past workplace asbestos exposure. Asbestos related illnesses can include:

Atlas Asbestos Mine FAQ

Can I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

Those diagnosed with mesothelioma are nearly certain to get a settlement if they worked for a company that produced, mined or handled asbestos. Other claims can be filed for lung cancer and related lung diseases. 

Why Did so many Companies Use Asbestos?

The material was incredibly durable and heat resistant, making it seem like the perfect insulator in heavy industries like shipbuilding, steel processing and paper milling. 

It is too late to file a claim?

 It is ideal to file a claim immediately after a confirmed cancer diagnosis, but you may still have time to seek compensation. Call us to discuss your legal options. 

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Our asbestos lawyers work with some of the nation’s leading OSHA experts in toxicology and work injury claims. We have the resources to take your case and turn it into a robust settlement. Our results speak for themselves, and we have represented clients in numerous states. Call for a free case review and to learn more about the next steps. Send your work history and medical records to begin the process. 

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