Asbestos accounts for 60 percent of work-related deaths in Quebec
Canada’s asbestos mines are active and centered in the province of Quebec, Canada’s largest in area and second largest in population.
Residents of the U.S. and Canada may seek compensation through our law firm and Quebec asbestos lawyers for an asbestos-related work injury, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer. Communicate your situation through the questionnaire on this page for a free legal consultation. You can also request a free copy of our sourcebook, "Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Asbestos Litigation and Your Rights."
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Asbestos in Quebec, Canada
November 9, 2009 - Asbestos is the No. 1 cause of work-related deaths in the Canadian province of Quebec, where Canada's asbestos mines are located.
Data collected by the Quebec workers' compensation board indicate that 104 Quebec workers died of occupational disease during the first eight months of 2009, and 61 of those deaths were asbestos-related disease, according to The Montreal Gazette.
The trend of work-related asbestos death in Quebec is expected to continue for years because asbestos-related diseases often don’t appear until 20 to 40 years after exposure.
Canada is reportedly the fifth largest exporter of asbestos in the world, and much of the product goes to developing countries where there are lax or nonexistent regulations governing the use of asbestos.
When asbestos fibers are inhaled through a worker’s nose or mouth, the fibers become trapped inside the lungs, where they fester and develop into asbestos disease. The World Health Organization estimates that 90,000 people die every year of asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.
In the United States, health agencies estimate that in the next decade more than 35,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the deadliest form of asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is most often the result of asbestos exposure on jobs – and usually contracted through employers’ preference for quick profits over the expense of maintaining workplace safety.
Quebec residents and asbestos dangers
Many residents of Canada, and especially Quebec, have come forward to say their work environment led to a diagnosis of mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer from asbestos products made in the U.S.
If this has been your experience, our asbestos lawyers may be able to help you receive compensation for your health problems.
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