Mesothelioma Attorneys by State > Hawaii
By and large, Hawaii is a state with fairly low mesothelioma incidence rates, but there is one notable exception to this overall trend. Namely, Honolulu — Hawaii’s capital and largest city — has relied on asbestos-containing materials to construct a thriving city.
Unfortunately, this also means that the city of nearly 400,000 residents has also been too often exposed to the dangers of asbestos fibers.
Why Is Asbestos Dangerous for Honolulu Residents?
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral comprised of tiny fibers that are durable and resistant to heat. These natural properties made asbestos widely used until research showed that asbestos fibers can be toxic when the microscopic fibers release into the air after the asbestos-containing materials are disturbed.
Airborne asbestos fibers are easily swallowed by workers or anyone exposed to the asbestos, which allows the fibers to enter the lining of the lungs. Some research shows that asbestos entering the body may never leave. Worse, asbestos lining the lungs then begins a long process of mutating healthy cells into cancerous mesothelioma.
In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can also cause asbestosis and asbestos-related lung cancer. All of these diseases can be fatal, but mesothelioma is a uniquely awful disease.
A single exposure to asbestos can be all it takes to receive a mesothelioma diagnosis decades later, and most pleural mesothelioma patients do not survive. At the one-year mark after a diagnosis, fewer than 2 in 5 patients are still alive. These figures plummet to a mere 1 in 10 survival rate for patients at the five-year mark.
In short, this is a dangerous and deadly disease that deserves legal compensation if you have been exposed to asbestos in Honolulu and received a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Asbestos Exposure in Honolulu
CDC estimates have found that approximately 423 asbestos-related deaths were suffered in Honolulu County from 1999 to 2013. As such, it should come as no surprise that many known asbestos jobsites have exposed Honolulu to the dangers of asbestos.
Known jobsites where asbestos exposure in Honolulu occurred include:
- Aloha State Sales Company
- Dole Company
- Hakalau Plantation Company
- Honokaa Sugar Company
- Honolulu Shipyard
- Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
- Pioneer Mill Company
The iconic Pearl Harbor, sadly, exposed veterans to asbestos, which is an all-too common trend. For this reason, veterans make up nearly one-third of the country’s mesothelioma deaths, and Naval veterans are most at-risk for receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis.
If you are a veteran, Honolulu worker or surviving loved one affected by mesothelioma, talk to a Honolulu mesothelioma lawyer today.
Talk to a Honolulu Mesothelioma Lawyer
The Ledger Law Firm represents veterans, injured workers and anyone else with a legal claim against a responsible party who caused a wrongful asbestos exposure. Our nationwide team will prove your disease was caused by a responsible party, helping you receive the funds you need in the process.
Mesothelioma victims have earned millions in compensation by relying on our proven track record of results. Contact us online to discuss the facts of your Honolulu mesothelioma lawsuit today.
Mesothelioma treatment centers in Hawaii:
The University of Hawaii at Honolulu has a state of the art treatment facility in their Cancer Center  for mesothelioma and other asbestos related disease victims. Research is being conducted on new ways to treat this fatal condition at these facilities. The Straub Clinic and Hospital also treats mesothelioma victims, and it is also located in Honolulu:
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII CANCER CENTER
677 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 901,
Honolulu, HAWAII 96813
STRAUB CLINIC AND HOSPITAL
888 SOUTH KING STREET
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96813