Washington D.C. Asbestos-Related Deaths from 1999-2017

Mesothelioma Deaths
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Asbestos Exposure in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. does not have the same risk of asbestos exposure as many other areas in the country because D.C. does not have a lot of industrial space. Washington D.C. is known more as being the center of government for the country. The asbestos problems in D.C. come from the large amount of older buildings that were constructed using asbestos materials. Old government buildings including embassies, military buildings and public offices were likely constructed with asbestos that can become airborne during demolition or renovation of these buildings.

Construction workers in D.C. are at high risk for asbestos exposure. Most of the buildings in D.C. built before 1980 contain asbestos. Construction workers who repaired or demolished these buildings are at a high risk of asbestos exposure. Also, maintenance workers who work in the tunnels below Capitol Hill are also at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases. Asbestos levels were dangerously high in the tunnels, but crew workers were not notified. Most tunnel workers have developed asbestosis and are estimated to be at high risk for mesothelioma.

D.C. is also home to multiple Army bases, one Air Force base, several Coast Guard bases, a Marine base and two naval bases. Veterans who served and worked at these bases may have been exposed to toxic asbestos fibers. Asbestos was commonly used by the military especially on navy vessels and aircraft.

Partial list of work sites in Washington, D.C. with known asbestos exposure
  • Bolling Air Force Base
  • Coast Guard Headquarters
  • Farragut North Metro Stop
  • Fort Lesley McNair Army Base
  • George Washington University Rice Hall
  • Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
  • Library of Congress
  • Marine Barracks
  • Marine Safety Center
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Response Center
  • Naval Research Laboratory
  • The Pentagon
  • Union Station Metro and Railway Station
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Washington Gas & Light Company

Statute of Limitations to File Mesothelioma Claim in Washington D.C.

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