Asbestos-related deaths are rising in the United States and around the world. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) said there were 1,493 deaths caused by asbestos exposure in 2000, compared to 77 deaths reported in 1968. Typically, asbestos deaths occur in employees who were exposed to asbestos at work. Additionally, a significant number of asbestos deaths occur among individuals that handled asbestos containing products.

About Asbestos     

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was extensively used in building materials and consumer product for its durable, flexible, and fire resistant qualities.

Asbestos fibers are dangerous when inhaled because they remain lodged in the lungs and can cause severe and fatal diseases such as:

  • mesothelioma (a rare cancer that affects the lining surrounding the lungs)
  • asbestosis (lung tissue scarring)
  • lung cancer
  • esophageal, stomach, colon, or rectum cancer

Asbestos Deaths in the United States

Between 1979 and 2001, there were an estimated 43,000 to 230,000 asbestos deaths in the United States. Moreover, experts predict that asbestos deaths will rise over the next decade. A study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (located in Washington, DC) predicts that the number of asbestos deaths will exceed 100,000 over the next ten years. Asbestos deaths have been reported in all 50 states; however, the following states have reported the highest number of asbestos deaths:

  • California (between 4,000 and 6,000)
  • Florida (between 3,000 and 4,500)
  • New York (between 2,500 and 4,000)
  • Pennsylvania (between 3,000 and 3,900)
  • Texas (between 2,600 and 3,600)

Asbestos Death Overseas

Asbestos deaths have also been reported in other countries, including:

  • The United Kingdom (about 5,000 annually)
  • Australia (about 3,000 annually)
  • Japan (about 800 annually)

Asbestos Death Lawsuits

The survivors of deceased victims may bring a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible for exposing their loved one to asbestos. Survivors entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit include the deceased victim’s spouse, family, and estate representatives. With a wrongful death lawsuit, survivors may recover compensation for the following expenses:

  • medical bills
  • funeral costs
  • pain and suffering (for the deceased victim and the survivors)
  • lost wages the victim would have earned
  • mental anguish

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If you or someone you love has developed mesothelioma cancer or any asbestos-related disease, contact us today for an assessment of your case.

Published November 17, 2011 by