Even though many types of asbestos-containing materials have been banned in the U.S. since the 1970s, people are still getting sick and suffering from deadly conditions because of this hazardous substance. If fact, while asbestos use has declined sharply over the last four decades, instances of mesothelioma-related deaths has actually increased.
According to data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1999 to 2015, there were an alarming 45,221 deaths linked to malignant mesothelioma. Even worse, the number of deaths jumped from 2,479 in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015 – representing a 4.8 percent increase.
While those aged 75 and older accounted for more than half of all deaths (23,381), many people were surprised by the number of younger individuals who were also dying from mesothelioma. For instance, between 1991 and 2015, 682 individuals between the ages of 25 and 44 died after suffering from mesothelioma.
It is important to also remember that these statistics don’t even include the number of fatalities linked to asbestos-related lung cancer, which some estimate to be significantly higher.
Even though many people would like to think that asbestos is a problem of the past, that is simply not the case – and the recent CDC report confirms this. The sad reality is that many victims of asbestos don’t develop medical conditions until years, or even decades, after exposure. And, once symptoms finally manifest themselves, there still aren’t any guaranteed medical procedures for fighting mesothelioma.
If you or a loved one suffers from mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related condition, you may have legal options available. Contact an experienced attorney today to learn what these options may be. A skilled and knowledgeable lawyer can explain your rights and help you obtain the justice you deserve.