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Did you work with asbestos in West Virginia? Mesothelioma and asbestosis claimed the lives of thousands West Virginia residents between 1999 and 2010. This total does not account for those killed by other asbestos cancers, such as lung cancer, colon cancer, laryngeal cancer, and stomach cancer.
GPW's asbestos attorneys are familiar with many of the industrial, Chemical, Hospital, Other, Power Station, Refinery, School, Steelmill and other types of job sites throughout West Virginia where asbestos exposure occurred. Some of the West Virginia workers our law firm has helped were injured by asbestos at companies and sites in the 344 cities listed below.
Asbestos Lawsuits, West Virginia, & Experience
Thousands of Americans were exposed to asbestos on the job in West Virginia. Connecting the dots between places, products, and people you worked with over a career can be a challenging and complicated process. However, knowing the places you worked, what products were used there, and having the corroborating testimony of coworkers are all important factors in successfully pursuing your asbestos lawsuit in West Virginia.
Further complicating these already difficult cases, asbestos exposure injuries can take decades to become apparent, therefore it is not unusual for a client to have moved from West Virginia before their asbestos disease became apparent. In most states, once you have been diagnosed, the statute of limitations (or the time in which you can file suit) begins to run. Questions about West Virginia's statute of limitations in asbestos cases? [Contact us.]
Whether you lived in West Virginia for years or just during one summer years ago, we have the knowledge and resources track down the companies, products, & places where your asbestos exposure occurred. Our asbestos lawyers and support staff are familiar with long gone job sites and thousands of asbestos-containing products not only used in West Virginia, but nationwide. If you are looking for an asbestos lawyer in West Virginia, please contact us today to see how we can help you.
Malignant Mesothelioma in West Virginia’s Counties
Between 1999 and 2010, 310 deaths were attributed to mesothelioma in West Virginia. Nationwide, mesothelioma claimed 29,827 people, making West Virginia rank number 29 out of 51 (all 50 states plus the District of Columbia). In other words, 28 other states had more mesothelioma deaths than West Virginia.
In order to more accurately compare deaths, instead of using raw numbers, as reported above, epidemiologists often use age-adjusted death rates. Age adjusted death rates take into account the average age of residents, as a county or state with an older average age is naturally going to see more deaths than an area with a younger average age.
Between 2000 and 2009, the following West Virginia counties have the highest age-adjusted death rates from malignant mesothelioma (only West Virginia counties with at least 10 mesothelioma deaths are included):
- Cabell County (19.36)
- Hancock County (26.90)
- Kanawha County (18.99)
- Wood County (20.64)
Statistics on mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths from CDC and NIOSH Work-Rleated Lung Disease (WoRLD) Surveillance System [link]
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Mesothelioma in West Virginia
The above chart shows the number of deaths attributed to mesothelioma in West Virginia annually since 1999. (Note: After 2005, data is not included from years where less than 10 deaths were reported.)
Asbestos in West Virginia
Above is a chart of deaths resulting from asbestosis in West Virginia every year since 1996.