Map of Naturally Occurring Asbestos Deposits
Take a Look at Where Asbestos Found
Most people diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses were during their employment on construction sites, shipyards, or other areas where asbestos was used as a material in construction or production. However, many people don't realize that exposure also occurs from natural deposits and former mines, which are prevalent in 34 of the 48 continental states.
Map of Asbestos Deposits in the United States
This map was compiled from state data by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and includes sites of former mines, prospects, and known asbestos deposits. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was mined in the United States from the late 1800s through the mid-1990s.
The mines particularly proliferated in:
- The Appalachians
Understanding How Asbestos Can Damage Your Health
Natural asbestos resembles white or brown hair-like fibers that are transported through water, wind, clothing, and vehicle traffic. When inhaled, asbestos fibers are permanently lodged deep into lung tissue and can eventually cause mesothelioma cancer and other respiratory illnesses.
You should know about your rights and options if you were exposed to asbestos through an asbestos mine in your area or if you worked in an asbestos mine. If your family member worked in a mine, you could also be at risk for exposure. This is known as "secondhand exposure."
Take Action: Call a Nationwide Mesothelioma Attorney in Chicago, Illinois
Contact our asbestos exposure attorneys with any questions regarding naturally occurring asbestos and the potential for public exposure-we represent clients throughout the country. Our Chicago-based firm offers free initial consultations, so you can get the help and information you need. Moreover, we are able to travel to represent clients in all 50 states at no extra cost.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 774-7120 for a free case evaluation with a nationally trusted mesothelioma lawyer in Chicago.