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Wood County Mesothelioma Deaths Double the National Average

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Wood County, Wisconsin, has a malignant Mesothelioma death rate that is 2.5 times the national average, and higher than any other county in Wisconsin. Of 3,142 counties across the nation, Wood County has the 22nd highest death rate from Mesothelioma.*

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining of some internal organs (known as the mesothelium). The lungs and chest wall are the most commonly affected areas, but Mesothelioma may also occur in the abdomen and the heart.

The vast majority of Mesothelioma cases are caused by exposure to asbestos. Most often, exposure occurred in the workplace, although sometimes family members get Mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos fibers on a spouse’s or parent’s clothing or other work items. Mesothelioma may not appear until 20-50 years after exposure to asbestos.

Wood County Asbestos Sites

Wood County, Wisconsin, with its small towns and abundance of natural beauty, seems an idyllic place to raise a family, and for many people, it is. But, with a population of about 75,000, Wood County is also home to a long list of workplaces that are known to have contained asbestos, including:

Wisconsin Rapids

  • Biron Mill
  • Charmin Paper Co.
  • Consolidated Paper Company, Inc.
  • Consolidated Water Power & Paper Co.
  • Elks Club
  • Grand Rapids Mill
  • Hotel Mead
  • Newpage Group, Inc.
  • Normington Laundry
  • Preway Inc.
  • Riverview Hospital
  • VA (Veterans) Hospital
  • Wisconsin Acoustic & Fireproof
  • Wisconsin Rapids Gas & Electric Co.

Marshfield**

  • Alma Cheese Factory
  • City of Marshfield
  • Consolidated Badger
  • Grant Elementary School
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • Marshfield Library
  • Power Service Corp.
  • Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company
  • Roddis Plywood Corp.
  • Thriftway Homes Center
  • Weyerhaeuser Company

Nekoosa / Port Edwards

  • Georgia Pacific
  • Nekoosa Edwards Paper Company
  • Nekoosa Foundry & Machinery
  • Nekoosa Paper Company

Asbestos in Wood County, Wisconsin: Were you or a loved one exposed?

If you or a family member were exposed to asbestos and developed an asbestos-related illness such as mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or if you have lost a loved one to mesothelioma, and you believe it is related to asbestos exposure, our Wisconsin mesothelioma attorneys can advise you as to your rights. We have represented individuals from Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, Wausau, Mosinee, and all of northcentral Wisconsin.  Call 715.843.6700 for more information about our Wisconsin mesothelioma attorneys or to speak with one of our mesothelioma attorneys.  There is no fee unless you collect a settlement.

*Source: CDC

**Some Marshfield work sites may be in Marathon County

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Daniel is a partner practicing in the areas of divorce, family law, and asbestos & mesothelioma litigation.