Asbestos exposure can result in devastating health consequences. However, despite knowing the health risks of asbestos as early as the 1930s, manufacturers continued to profit from selling their asbestos-containing products in all 50 states well into the early 1980s.

Those who worked in shipbuilding, automotive repair, pipefitting, and other blue-collar industries were exposed to asbestos on a daily basis.

On top of this, asbestos still hasn’t been completely banned in the United States. Many Americans continue to be diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases as a result.

While asbestos exposure is a nationwide problem, some states have been impacted more than others. See which 5 states have the highest rates of mesothelioma below.

1. California

California tops the list of states with the most residents affected by asbestos exposure. A total of 7,113 Californians were diagnosed with mesothelioma between 1999 and 2020, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Asbestos has also caused tens of thousands of deaths in the state, as shown below:

Asbestos-Related DiseaseNumber of Deaths
Mesothelioma5,100
Asbestosis1,778
Non-Mesothelioma Lung Cancer20,400

You may be able to access financial compensation if you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma in California or any other state.

Our legal partners have recovered over $869 million for California asbestos victims, including:

  • $7.5 million for a brick tender & laborer
  • $5.1 million for a union HVAC worker
  • $3 million for a U.S. Navy veteran & telephone technician

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2. Florida

CDC data shows that 5,125 people were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Florida between 1999 and 2020.

The following asbestos-related deaths have also been reported:

Asbestos-Related DiseaseNumber of Deaths
Mesothelioma3,343
Asbestosis1,588
Non-Mesothelioma Lung Cancer13,372

Our legal partners have recovered over $530 million for Florida asbestos victims, including:

  • $8 million for an auto mechanic
  • $5.7 million for a contractor & engineman
  • $5.2 million for a U.S. Air Force veteran & roofer

3. New York

New York was one of the first states to incorporate asbestos products in large-scale construction projects. It currently has the third-highest mesothelioma rate in the country, with 4,364 people diagnosed from 1999 to 2020.

The following asbestos-related deaths have been reported in New York:

Asbestos-Related DiseaseNumber of Deaths
Mesothelioma2,830
Asbestosis1,124
Non-Mesothelioma Lung Cancer11,320

Our legal partners have recovered over $215 million for New York asbestos victims, including:

  • $4.6 million for a welder
  • $3.5 million for a U.S. Army veteran & janitor
  • $3.18 million for a home remodeler

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4. Pennsylvania

One of the country’s first asbestos companies made its home in the city of Ambler, and hundreds of other job sites across Pennsylvania relied on the dangerous substance before the risks were known to the public.

This has led to 4,332 people being diagnosed with mesothelioma in Pennsylvania since 1999.

Sadly, asbestos has caused even more deaths in the state:

Asbestos-Related DiseaseNumber of Deaths
Mesothelioma3,257
Asbestosis1,505
Non-Mesothelioma Lung Cancer13,028

Our legal partners have recovered over $300 million for Pennsylvania asbestos victims, including:

  • $3.3 million for an office worker
  • $2.3 million for a painter & merchant mariner
  • $2.19 million for a U.S. Navy veteran & bricklayer

5. Texas

The state of Texas was home to 8 asbestos mining sites, and many industries relied on asbestos for much of the 20th century. The CDC reports that 4,038 Texans were diagnosed with mesothelioma between 1999 and 2020.

Data on asbestos-related deaths in Texas is shown below:

Asbestos-Related DiseaseNumber of Deaths
Mesothelioma2,668
Asbestosis2,012
Non-Mesothelioma Lung Cancer10,752

Our legal partners have recovered over $420 million for Texas asbestos victims, including:

  • $4.2 million for a steelworker & construction worker
  • $3.62 million for a pipefitter
  • $1.76 million for a U.S. Army veteran & longshoreman

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Legal Compensation for Asbestos-Related Diseases

Countless American lives were affected when asbestos companies chose to prioritize profits over health and safety.

Legal compensation can be a lifeline for those dealing with asbestos-related diseases. The average mesothelioma settlement is between $1 million and $1.4 million — money that can make a huge difference for patients and their families.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, reach out to us. We can connect you with experienced lawyers who specialize in cases of asbestos exposure.

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