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Finding a mesothelioma attorney in South Dakota, due to the small size of the state, might seem like an insurmountable task. South Dakota has one of the lowest population densities in the U.S., with fewer than 800,000 people living in an area over 77,000 square miles. Despite the size, however, it is possible to find a mesothelioma attorney in South Dakota.Asbestos deposits in South DakotaIronically, just miles south of Mount Rushmore, for which South Dakota has become famous, three asbestos deposits, all of which are naturally occuring, are found. One of the deposits lies near Jewell Cave National Monument. The other hold the asbestos that consists of fibrous amphiboles, deadly fibers that burrow through lung tissues from the inside out when inhaled. North of the Jewell Cave National Monument asbestos deposits are more serpentine deposits. A source of chrysotile asbestos, serpentine amounts to nearly all asbestos used in the U.S.Death rates from asbestos poisoningLikely due to the fact of the relatively small population of South Dakota, the death rate from asbestos disease is low. Between 1979 and 1999, only 63 victims of asbestos-related illness. Seven of these victims ended up suffering from mesothelioma.Although the diagnosis of mesothelioma is usually associated with that of a fatal illness, asbestos poisoning, which is the culprit for mesothelioma, and pleural mesothelioma, is curable, if diagnosed and treated in the early stages. Malignant mesothelioma, however, is difficult to diagnois. By the time the symptoms of mesothelioma are seen, the damage has already been done.Asbestos poisoningDue to the fact that South Dakota is overwhelmingly rural, asbestos poisoning, typically, is related to mechanical repair shops, or older buildings with asbestos-containing materials. Also, asbestos has been used in many industries in which there is fire danger. Fires have always been a hazard of running internal combustion engines, so asbestos components have generally been installed in many vehicles due to the friction in auto parts such as clutches and brakes.Often, asbestos poisoning can result from deteriorating machinery. As the machinery gets older, the insulation within it, which sometimes contains asbestos fibers, releases into the air. As a result, machinery workers, most commonly those who worked on maintaining heavy machinery up until the early 1980's, sometimes get asbestos poisoning due to the year's of working near equipment that contains asbestos.Mesothelioma AttorneyFor someone considering filing a lawsuit in South Dakota, the statute of limitations for personal injury law in South Dakota is three years with a discovery rule that states that this amount of time begins when the problem (in this case the mesothelioma) either was discovered or should have been discovered. It is important that a person diagnosed with an asbestos disease or cancer contact a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible. Wrongful death cases follow the same statute of limitations and discovery rule, and there is no specific statute about asbestos.Recommended mesothelioma attorneyVanderhyde and Associates is helping mesothelioma victims in South Dakota. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and are suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, or some other asbestos related disease, we can help. According to the Environmental Working Group, between 61 to 100 people in South Dakota have died as a result of asbestos exposure. The corporations that are responsible for exposing their workers to hazardous asbestos must be held accountable.Get the facts about asbestos today by calling our Toll Free Hotline - 1-866-777-2557. We offer free, no obligation consultations. If we take your case, there are no legal fees unless you receive compensation. You may have a valid claim, but you must act quickly before any statute of limitations runs out.
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