Washington, D.C. does not have the degree of industry that has led to so much asbestos exposure that other states have seen. However, the growth of the city coincided with a time period of heavy asbestos use. Many buildings that people work in, including military and federal facilities, as well as private homes, are riddled with asbestos, putting residents and workers at risk of exposure and illness.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be eligible to receive significant compensation. Fill out our form to receive our free Financial Compensation Packet. Our packet is loaded with information on leading mesothelioma attorneys in D.C., how to file a claim for asbestos trust funds, how to get paid in 90 days, and more.
Washington, D.C. Asbestos Facts
- There were 192 deaths in Washington, D.C. related to asbestos in the period between 1999 and 2013.
- Of these, 148 were caused by lung cancer.
- The rest of the deaths were related to mesothelioma. There were no deaths from asbestosis during that time.
Asbestos and Construction in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. has grown into a large city thanks to its status as the capital city of the U.S. As the size and power of the federal government grew, so did the city’s population and need for housing.
Starting during the Civil War era and peaking in the 1950s, the influx of new workers in both government and the private sector resulted in the construction of hundreds of public buildings, business establishments, airports, land transportation terminals and railroad stations, and thousands of homes.
The creation of many new federal agencies during the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War also acted as a catalyst for the District of Columbia’s growth. Unfortunately, the city’s growth coincided with the nation’s dependence on asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).
Many of the buildings constructed to house the U.S. government, military institutions, and even private residences were built with asbestos and ACMs. Many of those buildings still contain asbestos today.
Asbestos was used in various construction materials, such as cement, roofing shingles, or insulation, to make buildings structurally stronger, more fire-resistant, and even more comfortable during the winter.
The asbestos industry used its influence and lawyers to suppress data that suggested a connection between its products and toxic diseases.
By keeping the dark side of asbestos hidden and by lobbying the federal government, companies such as W.R. Grace and Johns-Manville convinced Washington that its products were not only safe but essential. Federal law even required the armed forces, especially the Navy, to use asbestos for fireproofing and other safety-related purposes.
Job Sites in DC. with Known Asbestos Exposure Issues
- Washington, D.C. Navy Yard
- Bolling Air Force Base
- Walter Reed Army Medical Center
- Naval Research Laboratory
- National Air and Space Administration
- Bureau of Engraving
- Blair House
- The Pentagon (Department of Defense)
- Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
- Department of State
- Department of Labor
- Department of the Interior
- Treasury Department
- Department of Justice
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Commerce
Getting Medical Care for Mesothelioma in Washington, D.C.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from an illness related to asbestos exposure it is essential to seek out specialized treatment as soon as possible.
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer and you will get the best care from a dedicated cancer center with staff experienced in treating asbestos patients. The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University is one of those facilities.
Designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, Georgetown staffs experts in cancer care. It can provide the most up-to-date treatment methods, diagnostic tools, and technologies for the best outcomes.
Statute of Limitations
- Asbestos illness lawsuits are limited by the city’s statute of limitations on personal injury.
- Victims have three years from diagnosis or the discovery of the illness to file a lawsuit.
- Loved ones of those who have died have two years from the time of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Getting Legal Help in Washington, D.C.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for significant compensation. Remember to fill out our form to get your free Financial Compensation Packet, with information on asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers in your area.
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Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.