California Residents Beware: Risk of Developing Mesothelioma is All Around You

April 27, 2016  |  Mesothelioma

The state of California is literally surrounded by asbestos – and as a result, the state has the highest mesothelioma mortality rate in the country. Whether you live in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco or anywhere else, this toxic material is in the soil that you walk upon as well as the residential and commercial buildings in which you spend the vast majority of your day.

Sobering Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics reported that more people died from mesothelioma in California than any other state in the nation from 1999 to 2005. Yuba and Siskiyou Counties rank among the top 50 counties in America in mesothelioma mortality rates.

Mesothelioma – a form of cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart, is caused by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers. That is why it is so alarming how prevalent the material is throughout the state.

How Prevalent is It?

Asbestos can be found nearly everywhere. Since California is the home to so many industries, there is no part of the state that is immune from the carcinogen. For example, there are railroads, shipyards, oil refineries and power plants throughout California, as well as mining and smelting operations throughout the state.

Thanks to explosive population growth and an increased demand for housing, many communities are seeing a major increase in construction. This, unfortunately, can lead to the disturbance of asbestos fibers that send them into the air, where they can be inhaled or ingested without people having the slightest idea. This can lead to the devastating cancer mesothelioma as well as many other asbestos-related diseases.

What You Can Do

Many manufacturing operations such as those found in California have traditionally exposed workers to asbestos. These companies may have provided them with a way to support their families, but they also put them at a very high risk of contracting a potentially deadly disease.

Many people feel a sense of loyalty to the companies they depended on for decades, and would not feel right filing a mesothelioma lawsuit as a result. However, taking legal action is the only way to hold companies responsible for putting their loyal employees in danger. If you are trying to fight a devastating disease such as mesothelioma, you didn’t sign up for the risk when you took that job.

Please contact Baron & Budd to learn more about how we can potentially help you obtain compensation for the incredible expenses associated with a mesothelioma diagnosis. Get started online or call 855-280-7664 to schedule a confidential consultation.

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