South Dakota Asbestos-Related Deaths from 1999-2017
Asbestos Exposure in South Dakota
Overall, South Dakota has a low number of asbestos-related deaths, but the state does have some occupational asbestos hazards. Workers at the state’s power plants may have been exposed to asbestos that was used to insulate machinery and turbines. Employees who operated or repaired this machinery may have inhaled toxic asbestos fibers which can lead to the development of asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
Workers in the industrial, manufacturing, construction, or auto repair fields may also be at risk for asbestos exposure. Asbestos was often used as an insulation material on pipes, boilers, and other machinery in these industries. It was also used in construction materials, such as flooring tiles, ceiling tiles, roofing materials, and insulation.
Auto mechanics may have been exposed to asbestos that was used in brake and clutch components. Workers who handled any of these asbestos-containing materials may have been at risk for asbestos exposure.
Below is a partial list of work sites in South Dakota with known asbestos exposure:
Partial list of work sites in South Dakota with known asbestos exposure
- Atomic Energy Commission Plant
- Big Stone Power Plant
- South Dakota State College
- State Hospital Medical Building
Statute of Limitations to File Mesothelioma Claim in South Dakota
There is a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit for mesothelioma that varies for each state called the statute of limitations. This means if you do not file within the time limit, you will never be able to pursue legal action or obtain compensation. It’s important that you take legal action within this time frame so you do not miss out on receiving the compensation you may deserve. Contact us here to learn more about how we can help.
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What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a deadly and rare form of malignant cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. The most common forms of mesothelioma are: pleural and peritoneal. Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Victims with pleural mesothelioma may have respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue. Victims with peritoneal mesothelioma may have abdominal swelling, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.
The latency period for mesothelioma is very long. The average latency period is about 30 years, but can be shorter than 15 years or longer than 40 years. This means individuals with mesothelioma may take decades to present symptoms from the time they were exposed to asbestos.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by asbestos exposure. When asbestos is inhaled the fibers irritate and scar the lining of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. The lungs become stiff and cannot expand and contract normally. Symptoms of asbestosis are shortness of breath, chest pain, and a dry, persistent cough. Like mesothelioma, the latency period for asbestosis is very long. Symptoms may not present for 10 to 40 years after asbestos exposure.
Military Asbestos Exposure
It is extremely important to know that our attorneys do not sue the military. We seek accountability from the asbestos companies that sold dangerous asbestos products to the military.
Members of all branches of the military may have been exposed to asbestos before it became more restricted in the 1970s. The U.S. military used asbestos products in many areas because of its low cost, durability, and heat resistant properties. The common use of these asbestos products put many U.S. veterans at risk of developing asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Below is a list of the military branches and common asbestos exposure sites:
- Navy – shipyards, boiler rooms, submarines
- Army – barracks, shipyards, construction
- Marine Corps – armored vehicles, barracks, ships, aircraft
- Coast Guard – inside ships, ships, boiler rooms
- Air Force- bases, airplanes, jets, aircraft maintenance