According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) more than 10,000 Americans will die each year as a result of asbestos exposure.
California is a state with a long history of industrial growth. Asbestos was once widely used throughout the state in many different industries because of its heat and fire resistant properties. A multitude of naturally occurring asbestos can be found throughout the state. To date, California has had more than 650 sites state wide that has at one point reported asbestos exposure. Many people have spent years working alongside asbestos fibers and asbestos related products, often without their knowledge or any form of protective equipment.
Residents living close to naturally occurring asbestos sites and construction zones have also been unknowingly exposed to asbestos. The highest rates of asbestos exposure in the state of California occurred between the years 1920-1980, but cases of new exposures are still being reported. The highest amounts of asbestos were found in the Sacramento County, Placer County, and Western El Dorado County. Some of the highest exposure cities include Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco.
Asbestos was used extensively in: shipyards, oil refineries, construction sites, commercial buildings, factories, residential buildings, manufacturing plants, steel mills, power plants, iron mills, industrial plants, academic buildings, schools, libraries, museums, retirement homes, banks, and in many historic buildings.
According to government statistics from 1979 to 2001, California has the highest levels of asbestos-related deaths in the United States. There have been over 4,000 deaths due to asbestos poisoning in California, specifically in the highly populated areas such as Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.
California Workers and Asbestos Exposure
Workers from many professions have been placed at risk of asbestos exposure. Exposure could have taken place at any time, from the initial construction of a building, to any renovation or during a demolition. The most common professions to suffer asbestos exposure include: insulators, plumbers, pipe fitters, shipyard workers, electricians, auto mechanics, oil refinery workers, sheet metal workers, miners, military personnel, veterans, and construction workers.
California workers even brought home asbestos fibers on their clothes and in their hair, subsequently exposing their friends and family members to dangerous levels of asbestos. Many industries relied on products that contained asbestos. Those employed were exposed to asbestos located in job sites and in equipment. Common pieces of equipment used containing asbestos particles were: ship building equipment, engines, pipe fitting systems, electrical insulation, flooring, ceiling tiles, boilers, pipes, heating systems, furnaces, vents, paints, cement, roofing materials, brakes, drywall and any other heat or fire resistant clothing.
California is also home to numerous naturally occurring asbestos sites. Asbestos can be found in many naturally occurring locations throughout California. The most common form of asbestos is sourced from chrysotile asbestos, found in the foothills of California’s major mountain ranges. Asbestos deposits can be found near many of California’s earthquake fault lines in the coastal ranges. In the past, California was also the site of asbestos mining operations in the central and western parts of the state.
Exposure to asbestos has been proven to cause a variety of fatal health conditions including Mesothelioma and Asbestosis. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure; it is found in the tissues that surround the lungs, heart and abdomen. Symptoms can take upward to 40 years to manifest making a diagnosis difficult. California currently ranks one of the highest amongst other states in the U.S. for Malignant Mesothelioma Deaths. Because of the delayed onset of symptoms, many California residents and workers are currently at risk. California residents exposed to asbestos as far back as the 1940s are still developing asbestos related illnesses today.
California Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Claims
Over the last 30 years, close to 40,000 people in California have been injured by asbestos. More than10,000 California residents have died from asbestos related diseases, with over half of fatalities resulting from Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an incurable disease with a brief life expectancy following a diagnosis.
Symptoms include: cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, fever, anemia, bowel obstruction, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, weight loss, finger clubbing and swelling of the face or neck.
Currently there are two types of Mesothelioma Claims:
- Mesothelioma Personal Injury Claims: where a claim is filed by a person diagnosed with Mesothelioma
- Mesothelioma Wrongful Death: in which a claim is filed by family members of a person who has passed away from Mesothelioma
Victims of asbestos and those diagnosed with Mesothelioma are entitled to compensation in the form of:
- Reimbursement for loss of wages
- Medical expenses
- Funeral cost
- Pain and Suffering
- Physical Impairment
- Medical Expenses
- Economic Damages
- Emotional Distress
- End-of-Life Expenses
- Future Medical Bills
- Loss of Income
- Loss of Parental Care
- Loss of Spouse
- Product Liability
- Punitive Damages
- Monetary Compensation
- Any other expenses not covered by a patient’s insurance coverage
While no amount of compensation can be made for damages caused by asbestos and related diseases, monetary compensation can help with any economic hardship brought on by this terrible ordeal. Monetary compensation can also assist with end of life expenses and make a difference in the lives of family members who are left behind by victims of an irresponsible industry. Asbestos Manufacturers have placed the lives of millions of Americans at risk for the sake of profits. The dangers of asbestos were even withheld from workers despite numerous medical journals at the time placing asbestos at the epicenter of many health risks.
As the number of diagnosed cases of Mesothelioma increased, so did the number of lawsuits in the state of California. California is currently ranked highest among U.S. states for pending asbestos related lawsuits.
The statute of limitations is 1 year from the occurrence of a wrongful death or a diagnosis of Mesothelioma. California law entitles victims of asbestos exposure to receive compensation for damages related to any asbestos related injury. In order to receive the appropriate compensation, a law firm will need to know: what type of mesothelioma one has been diagnosed with, if the disease can be treated, the dates of exposure, and where the exposure took place. Also any information regarding the types of products used that led to exposure and which companies could be held liable. This information can be attained through the combined efforts of a victim in need of compensation and the law firm that will represent them.
Those responsible for damages are asbestos manufacturers, landlords and any companies that were involved in the shipment of asbestos. There is also a greater liability for companies that willfully employed personnel at worksites that were known to have levels of asbestos, but failed to warn their employees or take appropriate action to minimize health risks.
Here is a list of successful cases that ruled in favor of those injured in the state of California:
- A former drywaller, diagnosed with mesothelioma, was awarded $26.6 million by the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2012.
- A construction worker developed mesothelioma after asbestos exposure was awarded $7.5 million against the companies who manufactured the asbestos containing materials.
- A Navy electrician and his wife were awarded $33.7 million, the largest asbestos verdict in California.
- A 71- year old woman was awarded over $200 million in combined punitive damages plus over 8million for pain and suffering.
California Mesothelioma Legal Help
We help Mesothelioma patients and their families make educated decisions about how to start with filing asbestos and Mesothelioma claims. We will also recommend an experienced California Mesothelioma Lawyer or California Mesothelioma Doctor to help you get your claim started.
We have a Mesothelioma Helpline - Toll Free: 800.291.0963 that is available 24/7 to talk with a live Mesothelioma Help Center counselor. We understand that those dealing with asbestos cancers face a number of challenges, including the tremendous costs of Mesothelioma treatment.
We have helped many families get experienced legal and medical help for their Mesothelioma cancer and asbestos cancer cases. We will actually walk you through the process of contacting an experienced California Mesothelioma lawyer that we have worked with to get you the best possible settlement for your California Mesothelioma claim.
California Mesothelioma Lawyer - Experience
Deciding which California Mesothelioma law firm to represent you and your case is very important.
Choosing the right lawyer will also be important to your California Mesothelioma settlement.
Many Mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancer cases in California have settled or received multi-million dollar verdicts.
Mesothelioma cases are not restricted to just one state. Filings are usually in multiple states.
Mesothelioma cases are contingency based cases. This means that no money should be paid by you. Mesothelioma lawyers earn their money only if they win you case. You are entitled to an experienced California Mesothelioma lawyer that has a track record of success in California asbestos lawsuits.
Experience - The Mesothelioma Help Center has been helping California Mesothelioma victims and their families for more than 12 years.
- It has been well documented for many years that asbestos exposure can result in the development of deadly cancers, particularly Mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20 to 50 years after the first exposure to asbestos. It is estimated that there will be about 250,000 cases of Mesothelioma before 2020.
- There are currently about 3000 new cases of Mesothelioma diagnosed per year, mostly in men over the age of 40.
- About 4,000 People die each year from Mesothelioma. During the 20th century, some 30 million tons of asbestos were used in industrial sites, homes, schools, shipyards and commercial buildings in the U. S.
- More than 700,000 people have filed claims against more than 6,000 Asbestos companies.
- The number of Mesothelioma and asbestos related victims is projected to increase steadily over the next 10 years.
- According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) more than 10,000 Americans will die each year as a result of asbestos exposure.
- One out of every 125 American men who die over the age of 50 will die from an asbestos related cancer.
- Asbestos companies knew of the dangers of asbestos exposure in California for many years before ever warning the public of those risks. It is thought that around eight million people in the United States have been exposed to asbestos over the past half a century, and many more asbestos related cancer cases are expected to be reported in the next 25 years.
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