According to an analysis released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more that 45,000 victims of malignant mesothelioma died between the years of 1999 and 2015.
However, while this number is certainly alarming, the truth is that this asbestos-related illness affected some states far more than others. In fact, the recent CDC analysis mentioned above found that only two states, Maine and Washington, had an age-adjusted mesothelioma death rate that exceeded 20 deaths per million of population per year — compared to a states like Texas and Oklahoma that had fewer than 11 deaths per million.
In addition to Maine and Washington, there were several other states hit hard by mesothelioma, including 10 states with mesothelioma death rates that exceeded 16.6 per million per year (in alphabetical order):
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
While the 10 states mentioned above — in addition to Maine and Washington — were hit the hardest by mesothelioma, that doesn’t mean other states were spared. Indeed, several states are just behind in terms of mesothelioma-related death rates, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, to name a few.
If you believe you or a loved one is the victim of mesothelioma and/or asbestos exposure, you may have legal options available. To learn more, contact an experienced attorney today. A skilled lawyer can protect your rights and help ensure that companies are held accountable for their negligent actions.