South Dakota Asbestos Lawyer
Did you work with asbestos in South Dakota? Mesothelioma and asbestosis claimed the lives of no fewer than 48 South Dakota residents between 1999 and 20101. 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, Other and other types of job sites throughout South Dakota where asbestos exposure occurred. Some of the South Dakota workers our law firm has helped were injured by asbestos at companies and sites in the city listed below.
Asbestos Lawsuits, South Dakota, & Experience
Thousands of Americans were exposed to asbestos on the job in South Dakota. 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 South Dakota.
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 South Dakota 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 South Dakota's statute of limitations in asbestos cases? [Contact us.]
Whether you lived in South Dakota 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 South Dakota, but nationwide. If you are looking for an asbestos lawyer in South Dakota, please contact us today to see how we can help you.
Malignant Mesothelioma in South Dakota's Counties
Between 1999 and 2010, 41 deaths were attributed to mesothelioma in South Dakota. Nationwide, mesothelioma claimed 29,827 people, making South Dakota rank number 48 out of 51 (all 50 states plus the District of Columbia). In other words, 47 other states had more mesothelioma deaths than South Dakota.
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 South Dakota counties have the highest age-ajusted death rates from malignant mesothelioma (only South Dakota counties with at least 10 mesothelioma deaths are included):
- Minnehaha County (9.08)
- Statistics on mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths from CDC and NIOSH Work-Rleated Lung Disease (WoRLD) Surveillance System [link]
Mesothelioma in South Dakota
The above chart shows the number of deaths attributed to mesothelioma in South Dakota annually since 1999. (Note: After 2005, data is not included from years where less than 10 deaths were reported.)
Asbestosis in South Dakota
Above is a chart of deaths resulting from asbestosis in South Dakota every year since 1996.
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