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Map Paints a Stark Picture of the Effect Asbestos Has Had in the U.S.
DALLAS (Sept. 2, 2015) – An interactive map recently released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows how much of a toll asbestos exposure has taken on the United States, the mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd reports. The map shows exactly how many deaths from asbestos-related diseases occurred in the U.S. from 1999-2013, both at the state and county level.
According to the EWG, approximately 15,000 people in the U.S. die annually due to diseases that are caused by exposure to asbestos. The map shows that, as expected, the most deaths occurred in the states with the highest populations – California (21,338), Florida (14,248), Pennsylvania (14,216), New York (12,146) and Texas (11,905). However, the EWG reports that, in addition to Pennsylvania, five states had death rates that exceeded the national average by 50-100 percent. These states were Delaware (981), Maine (2,003), Montana (1,135), Washington (7,244) and West Virginia (2,481).
The EWG included deaths due to asbestosis, mesothelioma and non-mesothelioma lung cancer in its tabulations. Asbestosis is a disease that results in scarring of the lungs due to the inhalation of asbestos fibers, while mesothelioma attacks the lining of the abdomen and lungs (as well as the heart in some instances), after asbestos fibers are ingested or inhaled.
“Even though this country has lost thousands and thousands of people due to asbestos exposure, its use continues to be legal to this day,” said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder of the mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd.
Do not hesitate to contact the mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease or you have lost a loved one due to this type of illness. Call 866-700-8994 or send an email to [email protected] to find out if you qualify to file an asbestos lawsuit.
Established in 1977, Baron & Budd, P.C. is a prominent plaintiffs’ law firm committed to protecting the rights of individuals, municipalities, businesses and other entities. One of the first law firms to successfully litigate an asbestos lawsuit, Baron & Budd continues to actively represent veterans, industry workers, and others who have mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. Determined to fight for the public interest, Baron & Budd is one of the largest plaintiffs’ firms in the country with a robust practice that includes asbestos exposure cases, environmental contamination, Gulf Oil spill damages, unsafe pharmaceuticals and medical devices, overtime violations, and financial fraud. Baron & Budd achieved the largest mesothelioma verdict in the United States in 2012. Visit Fight Mesothelioma, Baron & Budd’s dedicated mesothelioma website FightMesothelioma.com or call 855-280-7664 for information on medical treatments, mesothelioma cancer doctors and treatment centers, high risk jobs, veterans issues and financial assistance for asbestos cancer care.