Washington Asbestos Lawyer
Did you work with asbestos in Washington? Mesothelioma and asbestosis claimed the lives of no fewer than 1,754 Washington 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, Chemical, Construction, Foundry, Other, Railroad, Refinery, School, Shipyard and other types of job sites throughout Washington where asbestos exposure occurred. Some of the Washington workers our law firm has helped were injured by asbestos at companies and sites in the 13 cities listed below.
Asbestos Lawsuits, Washington, & Experience
Thousands of Americans were exposed to asbestos on the job in Washington. 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 Washington.
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 Washington 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 Washington's statute of limitations in asbestos cases? [Contact us.]
Whether you lived in Washington 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 Washington, but nationwide. If you are looking for an asbestos lawyer in Washington, please contact us today to see how we can help you.
Malignant Mesothelioma in Washington's Counties
Between 1999 and 2010, 935 deaths were attributed to mesothelioma in Washington. Nationwide, mesothelioma claimed 29,827 people, making Washington rank number 10 out of 51 (all 50 states plus the District of Columbia). Only 9 other states suffered from more mesothelioma deaths than Washington.
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 Washington counties have the highest age-ajusted death rates from malignant mesothelioma (only Washington counties with at least 10 mesothelioma deaths are included):
- Benton County (15.17)
- Chelan County (17.10)
- Clallam County (14.25)
- Clark County (14.38)
- King County (13.78)
- Kitsap County (49.15)
- Lewis County (14.26)
- Pierce County (19.90)
- Skagit County (10.27)
- Snohomish County (11.64)
- Spokane County (13.39)
- Thurston County (10.73)
- Whatcom County (9.27)
- Yakima County (9.93)
- Statistics on mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths from CDC and NIOSH Work-Rleated Lung Disease (WoRLD) Surveillance System [link]
Mesothelioma in Washington
The above chart shows the number of deaths attributed to mesothelioma in Washington annually since 1999. (Note: After 2005, data is not included from years where less than 10 deaths were reported.)
Asbestosis in Washington
Above is a chart of deaths resulting from asbestosis in Washington every year since 1996.
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