Hundreds die from asbestos in the state of Montana: learn your options as a resident
“For decades, the disease and death rate from asbestosis in the Libby [Montana] area was staggeringly high -- much higher than the national average," said Lisa Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency. Despite efforts to clean up the rampant amounts of asbestos in the area, hundreds of people have died of asbestos illnesses, and thousands more are expected to become sick.
What started as a blessing in the small town of Libby, Montana, soon became a curse. W. R. Grace bought a vermiculite mine located just outside the city, and employed a large percentage of the population of the townspeople to come work there. The town rejoiced believing that they were going to be taken care of by the large company. For a while, this was true, but when residents of Libby began developing asbestos-related diseases, the town found itself out of luck.
The vermiculite also contained asbestos, and the dust produced by the mining was toxic.
"Literally no matter where these residents turned, they were being exposed yet again," said Jackson. The dust contaminated the air of the nearby town of Troy, as well (CNN).
As part of weitzlux.com’s ongoing commitment to providing you with important information regarding your asbestos-related illness, we have put together this page about the asbestos problem in Montana. Whether it is for you or someone you know, Weitz & Luxenberg can provide help. We can help you receive the compensation you deserve to help cover all of your medical expenses, travel costs, debts, and monetary security.
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Statistics concerning asbestos deaths in the state of Montana
The Environmental Working Group (EWG 1) reports that from the years 1979 to 2001 an estimated 219 deaths have been reported as a result of asbestos-related diseases. The number is low considering that it does not include the deaths from other asbestos-related diseases and also does not contain the data from 2001 to 2011. The Environmental Working Group also states that the number of deaths caused by asbestos is on the rise.
In the given years, Yellowstone County and Cascade County had the greatest number of deaths from asbestos by county with an estimated 34 in each.
Possible locations for asbestos exposure in Montana
Anywhere near the Libby mine – if you lived anywhere in Libby or a neighboring town, you may have been exposed to the asbestos that caused your illness.
Power plants – Power plants are notorious for heavy asbestos use. Through maintenance or wear and tear asbestos fibers can be released into the air. The longer periods of time you are breathing in these airborne asbestos fibers, the greater your chance of developing a disease – although it only takes one breath of asbestos dust to cause serious damage.
Missoula, Butte, Great Falls, or Billings – these are some of the larger cities in Montana where you may have come in contact with asbestos. Asbestos was used in the insulation of building, and can be found in great amounts in the plumbing systems of metropolitan areas.
What Weitz & Luxenberg can do
Companies such as W. R. Grace knew that asbestos was dangerous and chose not to tell anyone about it outside of the company. This careless act caused the deaths of thousands of Americans. Weitz & Luxenberg helps people such as yourself seek compensation from these companies. The compensation can help cover all of your medical costs and other expenses, as well as send a message to these companies that what they did deserves to be punished.
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EWG 1: http://www.ewg.org/sites/asbestos/tables/deathdetails_county.php?fips=30000
EWG 2: http://www.ewg.org/sites/asbestos/facts/fact1.php