Asbestos Disease in West Virginia

James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. has successfully represented thousands of  clients  who were killed or injured by asbestos. Many of these people worked at job sites in West Virginia and its neighboring states, including railroads, chemical plants, steel mills, aluminum plants, glass works and power plants.

Widespread exposure to asbestos at such facilities has resulted in various asbestos related diseases, including asbestosis (a scarring of the lungs), lung cancer, and mesothelioma (a cancer that can develop in the linings of the lungs, abdominal cavity, heart and testicles).   The following statistics give a snapshot of asbestos-related disease in West Virginia:

Between 2001 and 2010, there were 257 reported deaths from mesothelioma in West Virginia.

Between 1999 and 2013, there were 2,481 asbestos related deaths in West Virginia, with 417 deaths from asbestosis, 416 deaths from mesothelioma, and 1,664 deaths from lung cancers other than mesothelioma.

During  the period from 1999 to 2013, the five counties in West Virginia with the highest number of deaths from asbestos related diseases were   Kanawha (475 deaths), Wood County (169 deaths), Cabell (155 deaths), Putnam (137), and Hancock (88).  

For the period between 2000 and 2009, Hancock County, West Virginia and Wood County, West Virginia were among the top 50 counties in the United States for age adjusted mesothelioma death rates per million population.  

During that period of time, Hancock County had an age adjusted rate of 26.9 deaths per million, while Wood County had an age adjusted death rate of 20.6 per million.

By way of comparison, the age adjusted death rate for the United States as a whole was 11.1 per million.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed by asbestos, call James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. at 304-881-0652 (local) or 877-341-2595 (toll free) for a free initial consultation. You may also contact us through our website, Our knowledge of worksites where asbestos was used in West Virginia and other states can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.


CDC/NIOSH, Malignant Mesothelioma (all sites): Number of Deaths, death rate: (per million population), and years of potential life lost (YPLL) by state, U.S. residents age 15 and over, 2001-2010, deaths…

EWG Action Fund, Asbestos-Related Deaths in West Virginia,…


CDC/NIOSH, Malignant mesothelioma (all sites): Top 50 counties with highest age-adjusted death rates (per million population), U.S. residents age 15 and over, 2000-2009,…

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