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Asbestos exposure in South Dakota can occur in industries like agriculture and mining. This exposure can put people at risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Patients diagnosed with mesothelioma can work with a South Dakota mesothelioma attorney to receive compensation.

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Working Mesothelioma Lawyers in South Dakota

South Dakota residents with mesothelioma deserve compensation for the harm that was done to them. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos — and companies that manufactured asbestos-based products hid these health risks for decades.

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More than 100 South Dakota residents died from mesothelioma between 1999 and 2017, according to data from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Let South Dakota mesothelioma lawyers help you file a lawsuit to get compensation and seek justice from the manufacturers of asbestos-based products.

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South Dakota Mesothelioma Lawsuits

If successful, a mesothelioma lawsuit can force the manufacturers of asbestos-based products to pay asbestos victims.

These lawsuits typically award asbestos victims between $1 million to $11.4 million.

It costs nothing to file these lawsuits when you work with a South Dakota mesothelioma attorney. These attorneys also do most of the legal work — with no burden on you or your family.

Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts in South Dakota

Mesothelioma lawsuits award compensation through jury verdicts or out-of-court settlements.

Over 95% of all mesothelioma lawsuits resolve through settlements. These mesothelioma settlements award $1 million on average. Most mesothelioma lawyers prefer settlements since trials take more time and may not award any compensation.

Through a trial, a jury and a judge will hear the facts of the case. Jurors then determine a winner through a verdict.

Mesothelioma victims or manufacturers of asbestos-based products can win a trial. If a victim wins, they may get more money than through a settlement.

Mesothelioma verdicts award $5 million to $11.4 million on average. If the manufacturers win, the victim gets no money from them.

Wyoming Mesothelioma Settlements Recovered by Simmons Hanly Conroy

  • $3.9 millionAuto mechanic
  • $3.4 millionU.S. Navy veteran
  • $2.73 millionAir Force veteran
  • $2.53 millionMaintenance worker

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Statute of Limitations in South Dakota

A statute of limitations is a law that sets the maximum time someone has to file a lawsuit. Statutes of limitations are complex, with many variations by state, and they can be very hard to understand without legal help.

Reach out to an experienced South Dakota mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible to file your lawsuit within these limits.

Asbestos Trust Funds and Statutes of Limitations

If the statute of limitations has passed to file a lawsuit, you can still access compensation through an asbestos trust fund in some cases.

Bankrupt manufacturers of asbestos products established trust funds to pay mesothelioma victims but avoid lawsuits. The bankrupt manufacturers manage the trusts and set their own limits to file claims.

There is over $30 billion available in asbestos trust funds today.

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Asbestos Sites in South Dakota

In South Dakota, asbestos can be found on work sites like mines to farms.

High-risk asbestos work sites include:

  • Agriculture sites: Agriculture is the #1 industry in South Dakota. Asbestos has been used to make farm buildings, equipment, and even fertilizers for decades.
  • Construction sites: Construction workers were routinely exposed to asbestos before the 1980s, as thousands of construction products contained asbestos. Today, construction workers involved in the demolition and renovation of older buildings are at risk of exposure to asbestos.
  • Mines: South Dakota miners were also at risk of exposure since asbestos deposits can be found in mines.

Sites linked to asbestos in the state and across the nation have been identified and recorded by top South Dakota mesothelioma lawyers.

Examples of asbestos sites in South Dakota include:

  • Akron Milling Mining and Manufacturing Company, Custer
  • Angus C. Anson Power Plant, Sioux Falls
  • Black Hills Power, Incorporated, Rapid City
  • Consolidation Coal Company, Rapid City
  • Eureka Milling Company, Sioux Falls
  • Farmers Cooperative Company, Bowdle
  • John Morrell and Company, Sioux Falls
  • Lucky Strike Mining Company, Deadwood
  • Montana-Dakota Utilities Company, Mandan
  • Northwestern Public Service, multiple locations across the state
  • Pillsbury Company, Grand Forks
  • Sioux Falls Powerhouse, Sioux Falls
  • South Dakota Cement Plant, Rapid City
  • South Dakota State University, Brookings
  • Spokane Silver and Lead Company, Custer
  • Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, Belle Fourche

If you have been exposed to asbestos, contact a South Dakota mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible. They can help you determine your eligibility for a lawsuit against manufacturers of asbestos-laced products.

Asbestos Rules and Regulations in South Dakota

South Dakota has several laws and statutes that control asbestos use today.

These laws regulate:

  • Asbestos emissions
  • Remodeling/demolishing buildings that contain asbestos

Private homes and small apartment buildings are exempt from the regulations.

Any project subject to these regulations must notify the South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources within 10 working days before the project starts.

A South Dakota mesothelioma lawyer can see if local asbestos laws could affect your case.

South Dakota VA Information for Mesothelioma Victims

South Dakota veterans run a very high risk of mesothelioma as all branches of the U.S. military used asbestos through the early 1980s.

Thankfully, veterans with mesothelioma can access compensation through mesothelioma lawsuits. No U.S. military branch will be sued.

Veterans can also receive benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

VA benefits include:

  • Burial and funeral services
  • Disability compensation
  • Health care
  • Pensions

Some of the country’s best mesothelioma specialists also treat veterans through the VA health care system.

There are many VA medical centers and offices in South Dakota. Learn more about the offices below by visiting va.gov.

Veterans Benefits Administration

  • Sioux Falls Regional Office, Sioux Falls

VA Medical Centers

  • VA Black Hills Health Care System – Fort Meade Campus
  • VA Black Hills Health Care System – Hot Springs Campus
  • Sioux Falls VA Health Care System – Sioux Falls

Community-Based Outpatient Clinics

  • Aberdeen VA Clinic
  • Sioux City VA Clinic (Dakota Dunes)
  • McLaughlin VA Clinic (Eagle Butte)
  • Pierre VA Clinic
  • Pine Ridge VA Clinic
  • Rapid City VA Clinic
  • Watertown CBOC
  • Winner VA Clinic

Veterans Centers

  • Rapid City Veterans Center
  • Sioux Falls Veterans Center
  • Wagner Outreach Clinic

To file a VA benefits claim, work with a South Dakota mesothelioma law firm. Lawyers at these firms can gather details and documents to support your claim.

Once all of your documents are in order, you can work with a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) to file your VA benefits claim.

AML and VFW Service Officers in South Dakota

VSOs are agents trained by the VA to help veterans get military benefits. These VSOs often work with organizations like the American Legion (AML) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

These organizations (and others) have nearly 300 offices in South Dakota. Find where some of these offices are located below.

Sioux Falls

  • American Ex-Prisoners of War
  • American Legion
  • Blinded Veterans Association
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • National Association of County Veterans Service
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • The Retired Enlisted Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

Rapid City

  • American Ex-Prisoners of War
  • American Legion
  • The Retired Enlisted Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

Aberdeen

  • American Ex-Prisoners of War
  • American Legion
  • The Retired Enlisted Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

Watertown

  • American Ex-Prisoners of War
  • American Legion
  • The Retired Enlisted Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

Mitchell

  • American Ex-Prisoners of War
  • American Legion
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • National Association of County Veterans Service
  • The Retired Enlisted Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

Pierre

  • American Ex-Prisoners of War
  • American Legion
  • Blinded Veterans Association
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • National Association of County Veterans Service
  • The Retired Enlisted Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Vietnam Veterans of America

Huron

  • American Ex-Prisoners of War
  • American Legion
  • The Retired Enlisted Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

Vermillion

  • American Ex-Prisoners of War
  • The Retired Enlisted Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

Brandon

  • Fleet Reserve Association

Madison

  • American Ex-Prisoners of War
  • American Legion
  • The Retired Enlisted Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

Download our Free Veterans Compensation Guide today to learn if and how you can access financial assistance for an asbestos-related illness.

Consulting a South Dakota Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you deserve compensation and justice. Work with a South Dakota mesothelioma attorney to file a lawsuit and get the most compensation possible.

Get a Free Legal Case Review to see all the ways a South Dakota mesothelioma lawyer can help you.

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