Lincoln County residents risk asbestos disease, says Weitz & Luxenberg lawyer
June 4, 2009 – Lincoln County is the fifth deadliest county in Maine for deaths due to asbestosis and mesothelioma, according to the EWG Action Fund, a nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based environmental organization that conducted the first complete study of asbestos-related deaths in the United States, according to a Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma lawyer.
Some 41 Lincoln County residents died from asbestosis or asbestos-related mesothelioma between 1979 and 2001, according to the study, which noted that the mortality figure may represent less than 20 percent of total asbestos fatalities during that time because the government did not begin tracking mesothelioma as a cause of death until 1999.
Asbestos removal is critical to the residents of Lincoln County, as airborne asbestos particles pose a serious health threat. Once inhaled, asbestos particles can become permanently lodged in the lining of the lungs or other organs, and can lead to certain medical conditions, including lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Lincoln County residents at risk for mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer associated with exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma has no known cure, and most patients die within a year to 18 months after a diagnosis. The latency period between exposure and a diagnosis is commonly 20 to 40 years, though it may be longer.
Asbestos is no longer mined in the United States, but imported products still contain asbestos in unregulated amounts. Because of this failure to regulate, the CDC estimates that 1.3 million construction and industrial workers are currently being exposed to potentially lethal asbestos. This is in addition to the millions of workers already exposed.
Asbestos lawyer for residents of Lincoln County, Maine
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