Dedicated and Compassionate Pennsylvania Asbestos Attorneys

Call us: 1.800.369.0899

Since 1984, the highly qualified mesothelioma attorneys of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler (BRBS) have represented more than 10,000 victims of illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos.

Each of our dedicated BRBS Philadelphia asbestos lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to fight for the fair compensation victims deserve when they contract serious illnesses—such as mesothelioma—due to asbestos exposure.  We know the work-sites that manufactured or handled asbestos-related products, and this understanding helps us obtain successful results for our clients.

Notable Verdicts by our Pennsylvania Asbestos Lawyers

Our successful mesothelioma and asbestos cases include the following:

  • $14.5 million for a welder who contracted mesothelioma and died as a result of welding rod asbestos exposure (2010).
  • $6.6 million for a research chemist at a paper plant who died due to mesothelioma (2003).
  • $5.5 million for a paper plant laborer and mechanic who died from mesothelioma (2003).
  • $4.3 million for a naval yard worker who developed shortness of breath due to asbestos exposure (1989).
  • $3.5 million for a compliance officer who visited work-sites including steel factories and ship building facilities, and later contracted mesothelioma and died (2010).
  • $2.4 million for a paper plant worker whose exposure to asbestos materials caused mesothelioma and death (2003).
  • $1,293,800 for welders whose lung cancer and death were linked to asbestos exposure (2010).
  • $850,000 for a naval yard worker who contracted mild asbestosis (2001).

BRBS Also Offers Dedicated New Jersey Mesothelioma Lawyers

As of 2007, New Jersey ranked eighth in the United States for mesothelioma cases.  And since asbestos has a lengthy latency period ranging from 20 to 50 years, it is often difficult to prove where the exposure occurred and who is at fault.  As with all of our asbestos legal team members, a New Jersey mesothelioma attorney at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler will work hard to find the party or entity responsible for the exposure and hold them accountable.

Notable Medical Malpractice Settlements

In addition to our asbestos litigation, Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler also focuses on a broader range of personal injury cases, including medical malpractice and automobile accidents, as well as civil law matters.

Medical malpractice lawsuits successfully litigated by Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler include the following:

  • $13 million for obstetrical malpractice resulting in premature birth and cerebral palsy to the newborn (1999).
  • $7.2 million for obstetrical malpractice resulting in premature labor, the death of one twin and severe cerebral palsy to the second twin (2000).
  • $5 million for an incorrect diagnosis of prostate cancer that resulted in unnecessary radiation therapy (2001).

Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler also obtained a settlement of $842,000 in 2002 for a product liability case involving an allergic anaphylaxis shock reaction to latex.

Contact Pennsylvania and New Jersey Asbestos Attorneys

If you or a loved one is now ill as a result of exposure to asbestos or injured in any way due to the negligence of others, please call our office at 215-268-7639 to schedule an appointment with experienced asbestos attorneys in New Jersey or fill out our online contact form for help in securing the financial compensation you deserve.


We Will Fight For You

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Law in PA and NJ

Full-Service Pennsylvania and New Jersey Mesothelioma Law Firm

In 1984, Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler (BRBS) was formed by founding partners Melvin Brookman, Howell K. Rosenberg, Laurence H. Brown, and Cary L. Sandler as a full-service law firm with a special emphasis on injuries caused by exposure to asbestos.   Our mission is to help people seriously injured through the negligence or willful misconduct of others.

While we are located in Philadelphia, we also consider ourselves to be a New Jersey asbestos law firmMesothelioma often takes between 20 and 50 years to be diagnosed, long after the exposure to asbestos is over.  New Jersey ranks eighth in the country for diagnosed mesothelioma cases.

That is why it is so important to choose an experienced New Jersey and Pennsylvania mesothelioma law firm like BRBS.  We know the asbestos products that were produced, the type of work-sites where they were produced or handled, and the treatments required—and we use this knowledge to fight on behalf of victims suffering from asbestos-related disease.

BRBS is a trusted legal resource that fights for New Jersey and Pennsylvania victims who became ill due to asbestos exposure.  Our team of Pennsylvania & New Jersey mesothelioma attorneys and paralegals has a proven track record successfully representing over 10,000 asbestos and personal injury victims.

Our Philadelphia Mesothelioma Law Firm also Handles Personal Injury Cases

BRBS is a Philadelphia asbestos law firm committed to serving the legal needs of our injured clients.  We routinely represent plaintiffs in personal injury cases, such as car accidents and slips and falls.  Our attorneys have 200 years of combined legal experience, tried more than 1,000 cases, and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in injury settlements.

Besides our strong emphasis on asbestos-related litigation, we also represent personal injury victims hurt in medical malpractice, product liability, and slip and fall cases.  In the medical malpractice arena, we recently obtained two multi-million dollar verdicts for our clients and have represented patients in claims against doctors for the following kinds of mistakes:

  • Removing the wrong spinal disc
  • Failing to diagnose cancer
  • Mistakes during childbirth that caused newborns to suffer catastrophic injuries

BRBS also applies its skills and experience to all types of product liability cases that caused catastrophic injuries including gas explosions, defective drugs, and faulty electrical equipment.  BRBS is committed to its core mission, to be a PA asbestos law firm that delivers dedicated legal services for plaintiffs injured as a result of asbestos exposure, accidents, or other instances of negligence.

Contact Pennsylvania & New Jersey Mesothelioma Lawyers Today

If you or a loved one became ill as a result of exposure to asbestos or injured in any way due to the negligence of others, please call our NJ asbestos law firm at 800-369-0899 or fill out our online contact form for help in securing the financial settlement you deserve.

Call us: 1.800.369.0899

Laurence H. Brown

Laurence H. Brown
Member
Email: lbrown@brbs.com
Phone: 1-800-369-0899 or 1-215-569-4000
Born: Queens, New York, November 19, 1949
College: Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1971
Law School: Villanova University, J.D., 1975
Admissions: 1975, Pennsylvania
Biography: Larry received his B.A. from Penn State University in 1971 and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1975.  Following law school he worked in the District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney under F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, Jr. and Edward G. Rendell.  In 1979, then D.A. Rendell elevated Larry to the position of Chief of his Economic Crime Unit.  Larry also served as Director of the National District Attorney’s Association’s Economic Crimes Project, as a member of the National Legislative Conference on Arson, and was appointed by Governor Thornburgh to the Pennsylvania Commission on Arson.  Larry also coauthored the National District Attorneys Associations’ Manual for Prosecuting Insurance Fraud.Since entering private practice, Larry has worked primarily on cases resulting in injuries stemming from exposure to asbestos.  He has handled thousands of asbestos cases over the years.  Larry has been named a Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine every year starting in 2005.In 1999, Larry was appointed as a hearing committee member assisting the attorney discipline process in Pennsylvania.  In 2003, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania appointed Larry to serve as one of its sixteen statewide members of is Disciplinary Board, an agency assisting the Supreme Court in its licensing and disciplining of Pennsylvania attorneys.Larry is also active in the community.  He has served as a member of the Board of Directors at Adath Jeshuran Synagogue, and currently serves on the Synagogue’s Board of Trustees.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors at Philmont Country Club. Larry is a member of the Development Council for the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State University and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Richard’s Civil War Era Center at Penn State University.

Steven J. Cooperstein

Steven J. Cooperstein
Associate
Email: scooperstein@brbs.com
Phone: 1-800-369-0899 or 1-215-569-4000
Born: March 15, 1953
College: Williams College, A.B., 1974
Law School: Villanova University, J.D., 1977
Membership: Philadelphia Bar Association (Member: Legislative Liaison Committee, 1986; Criminal Justice Section, 1985-1986).
Admissions: 1977, Pennsylvania; 1986, U.S. Supreme Court
Biography: Steve Cooperstein has been with Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler since 1989. He is a 1974 graduate of Williams College, and a 1977 graduate of Villanova University School of Law. After receiving his J.D., Steve became an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, where he served until 1986. During his tenure in the District Attorney’s Office, Steve handled hundreds of appeals, filing briefs and presenting arguments in the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition, for a period of time, Steve supervised the District Attorney’s responses to petitions for writ of habeas corpus filed by sentenced prisoners in the United States District Court. At the time he left the District Attorney’s Office for private practice, Steve was chief of the Legislation Unit.From 1986 until 1989, Steve was with the Philadelphia firm of White and Williams, working in its commercial litigation department. In 1989, Steve assumed his current position. Over the years, he has done extensive pretrial and post trial work in all areas of the firm’s cases, including filing briefs and presenting oral arguments in the appellate courts of Pennsylvania on behalf of dozens of seriously injured plaintiffs.Steve has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available to any lawyer. In 2010, Steve was named a Philadelphia Super Lawyer, meaning he was selected by his peers as being among the top five percent of practicing attorneys in Pennsylvania.

John M. DiDonato

John M. DiDonato
Associate
Email: jdidonato@brbs.com
Phone: 1-800-369-0899 or 1-215-569-4000
Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 15, 1950
College: Villanova University, B.A., 1972
Law School: Temple University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1975
Membership: Philadelphia and New Jersey State Bar Associations; Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.
Admissions: 1975, Pennsylvania; 1985, New Jersey, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Biography: John M. DiDonato, is a senior trial lawyer at the firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler.  Mr. DiDonato is one of the major reasons why the firm is recognized as one of the leading plaintiff litigation firms in the greater Philadelphia region.  He is widely regarded as among the most skillful and successful trial attorneys in handling major personal injury cases involving mesothelioma, products liability, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, and premises liability.  Mr. DiDonato is consistently rated by his peers as at the top of his profession. In 2004 and in every year since 2006 he has been selected as a Super Lawyer in balloting submitted by more than 35,000 lawyers in a survey conducted by Super Lawyers and published in Philadelphia Magazine.  Mr. DiDonato’s rating as a Super Lawyer means that he was selected by his peers as being among the top five percent of practicing attorneys in Pennsylvania.  Mr. DiDonato is a 1972 graduate of Villanova University and a 1975 graduate of Temple Law School.  He worked in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office from 1975 until 1985, where he earned a reputation as one of the top homicide prosecutors in the city. In 1985, Mr. DiDonato joined the firm of Cozen and O’Connor where he specialized in insurance litigation.  His practice enabled him to participate in catastrophic loss litigation in a number of jurisdictions including state and federal courts in Texas, California, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  John joined the firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler in 1986 where he specializes in litigation of major personal injury cases. Over the past 25 years, Mr. DiDonato has investigated, instituted and litigated thousands of cases involving death and serious personal injury.  During that time span, John obtained substantial damage verdicts in more than 100 jury trials while favorably resolving cases that did not proceed to verdict.  In his last two mesothelioma trials, the most recent of which occurred in the spring of 2010, Mr. DiDonato obtained verdicts of $17,500,000 and $13,000,000.  Mr. DiDonato was part of a team of attorneys that recovered more than $75,000,000. for numerous clients involved in the fatal collapse of the Tropicana casino garage.  Mr. DiDonato is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey.  Mr. DiDonato is regarded as a fierce advocate for the rights of working men and women.  He is committed to making certain that clients killed or seriously injured are properly compensated for their loss. He devotes himself to giving victims the ability to obtain justice when opposed by major corporations and high powered defense law firms.  His talents as a persuasive trial lawyer have been consistently reaffirmed during the hundreds of jury trials he has participated in over the course of his career.

David B. Halpern

David B. Halpern
Associate
Email: dhalpern@brbs.com
Phone: 1-800-369-0899 or 1-215-569-4000
Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 24, 1962
College: Temple University, 1984
Law School: Widener University, J.D., 1987
Admissions: 1987, Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Biography: David Halpern is an associate of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler.  Dave received his bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University in 1984 and his law degree from Widener Law school in 1987.  Dave clerked for Judge Michael R. Stiles in 1987 and then joined BRBS in 1988.  Dave has concentrated his work on asbestos cases during his many years at BRBS.  In 2010, Dave was part of the trial team that won a 14.5 million dollar verdict and 3.5 million dollar verdict for two men suffering from mesothelioma.  Dave founded the Parkinson Golf classic in 2000, in honor of his father Barry who suffered with Parkinson’s disease.

Neil B. Kitrosser

Neil B. Kitrosser
Associate
Email: nkitrosser@brbs.com
Phone: 1-800-369-0899 or 1-215-569-4000
Born: Somers, Connecticut, December 13, 1946
College: Clark University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1968
Law School: Temple University, J.D., cum laude, 1971
Admissions: 1974, Pennsylvania; 1987, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Biography: Neil Kitrosser started with the firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler in 1987, after serving 13 years as an assistant district attorney with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.  As an assistant D.A. from 1974 to 1987, Neil tried hundreds of cases in the major felony and homicide units and spent considerable time with the Law Division, writing briefs and arguing cases before the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts.  Neil attended undergraduate school at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1964-1968, where he played (but more often sat on the bench) for the varsity basketball team.  As a physics major, he graduated magna cum laude and was selected to Phi Beta Kappa.  In 1969, Neil entered the United States Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia and served as a Coast Guard officer from 1969 to 1971.  For much of his service, Neil was assigned to the Marine Inspection Office in Philadelphia, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade prior to his discharge (Honorable) in 1971.  Neil’s friends and colleagues often disparage his Vietnam period “military experience,” in Philadelphia, but Neil likes to point out that during his watch, from 1969 to 1971, there was not a single successful invasion of the east coast of the United States! Neil obtained his J.D. degree (cum laude) from Temple University School of Law in 1974.  As an associate with Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler, Neil has successfully tried numerous asbestos cases, with several verdicts exceeding a million dollars (ranging from $1.2 to $4.3 million).  In addition, Neil has handled a variety of other legal matters, including claims of medical malpractice, auto related injuries and defective latex products.  Outside of the office, Neil has performed as a magician and clown for Ronald McDonald House, hospitals, schools, community centers, religious organizations and at family events (but never in court).

Riki R. Redente

Riki R. Redente
Associate
Phone: 1-800-369-0899 or 1-215-569-4000
Born: Weymouth, Massachusetts, November 2, 1969
College: University of Delaware, B.S., magna cum laude, 1996
Law School: Widener University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2002
Membership: Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations; Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association; Justian Society.
Admissions: 2002, Pennsylvania; 2003, New Jersey; 2004, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Biography: A native of Massachusetts, Riki R. Redente earned her B.S. from the University of Delaware in Human Resources in 1996, graduating with high honors.  After working as a social worker with the elderly for three years in Philadelphia, she went on to receive her law degree from Widener University School of Law, where she served on the Law Review as well as on the Trial Advocacy Honor Society, graduating magna cum laude.  While at Widener, Ms. Redente participated in many mock trials, including two national competitions which earned her awards in the field of trial advocacy.  Upon graduation from law school and admission to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars, Ms. Redente worked for the law firm of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter & Tanner in Philadelphia as an associate attorney for two years.  In July of 2004, she joined the team of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler and has been handling asbestos litigation cases, as well as medical malpractice, pharmaceutical litigation (Vioxx) and premises liability.  Ms. Redente has been nominated one of the Top Young Attorneys in Pennsylvania or “Rising Star” by her peers in the annual Super Lawyers section of Philadelphia Magazine for the past four years 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.  Ms. Redente is also an adjunct professor at the Wilmington Delaware campus of Widener University’s School of Law since 2005, where she teaches trial advocacy and PreTrial Methods classes.  Ms. Redente currently resides in Media, Pennsylvania in Delaware county.

AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Products Liability
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury

BAR ADMISSIONS:
Pennsylvania, 2002
New Jersey, 2003
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2004

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association – Editorial Board for Verdict monthly publication
Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, Member of the Women in the Profession section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
The Justinian Society

EDUCATION:
Widener University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2002
University of Delaware, B.S., magna cum laude, 1996

AWARDS:
Presidents Award June 2010, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, for outstanding service on the Verdict publication’s editorial board
Philadelphia VIP’s Chancellor’s Award, February 2008

Paul J. Riley

Paul J. Riley
Associate
Email: priley@brbs.com
Born: Danbury, Connecticut, January 6, 1962
College: Temple University, BA, 1983
Law School: Delaware Law School, JD, cum laude, 1988
Admissions: 1988 Pennsylvania
Biography: Paul received his BA in communications from Temple University in 1983 and his JD, cum laude, from Delaware Law School in 1988.  Paul was a Philadelphia District Attorney from 1988-1998 under Ronald D. Castille and Lynne Abraham. During his tenure in the DA’s Office, Paul was chosen to be a member of the Homicide Unit and prosecuted many capital murder cases.  While serving in the Homicide Unit, Paul lectured on evidence at The University Of Notre Dame School of Law.  In 1998, Paul entered private practice and has represented people who were profoundly injured by asbestos exposure, latex glove allergy and motor vehicle accidents.  Additionally, Paul has represented hundreds of railroad workers who were injured at work and filed claims under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA).  He has successfully litigated FELA claims in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.  During his over twenty year career as a trial attorney Paul has tried to verdict over 80 jury trials.  In 2005, Paul received the highest possible professional rating in legal ability from his peers in the form of an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Howell K. Rosenberg

Howell K. Rosenberg
Member
Email: hrosenberg@brbs.com
Phone: 1-800-369-0899 or 1-215-569-4000
Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 3, 1950
College: Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1971
Law School: Villanova University, J.D., cum laude, 1974
Membership: Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors).
Admissions: 1974, Pennsylvania
Biography: Hal received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1971 and his J.D. with honors from Villanova University School of Law in 1974.  At Villanova, Hal was an associate editor of the Villanova Law Review and Order of the Coif.  He is a member of the Bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. From 1974 until 1982, Hal served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia under F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, Jr. and Edward G. Rendell.  During his years in the District Attorney’s Office Hal tried numerous jury trials, supervised a grand jury investigating charity frauds, and became chief of the special investigations unit.In 1982, Hal entered private practice representing people who had sustained profound and often life altering injuries.In 1984, Hal and his partners formed the law firm Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler.  In his capacity as a partner in BRBS Hal has represented victims in complex cases arising out of exposure to asbestos, latex, harmful drugs and substandard medical care.  Hal has been successful in obtaining millions of dollars in compensation from juries and settlements for those most in need, such as children whose circumstances of birth have left them with permanent disabilities and families of asbestos exposed people stricken with lung cancer and mesothelioma.Hal has consistently received the highest ratings from his peers by Martindale Hubbell.  In 2000, he was accepted as a life member of the National Register of Who’s Who and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Law.  In 2004, the inaugural year of the Pennsylvania Super Lawyer publication, Hal was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, meaning he was selected by his peers as being among the top five percent of practicing attorneys in Pennsylvania.  He has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2004.In 2006, Hal was inducted as a fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.Hal is a member of various professional organizations including the American Association for Justice and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association where he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the last ten years.In 2006, Hal was appointed as a hearing committee member by the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and served in that capacity until 2010, when he was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to a three year term on the Court’s Disciplinary Board.Hal taught trial practice for several years as an adjunct professor of law at the Widener University School of Law.  He also taught various courses in criminal justice at Temple University as an adjunct faculty member when he served in the District Attorney’s Office.  Hal has lectured professionally over the course of his career on topics related to complex tort litigation and asbestos.In addition to his professional activities Hal has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Library Company of Philadelphia since 2002 and was recently named the chairman of the Board of Visitors for the Richards Center for Civil War Era Studies at the Pennsylvania State University.

Cary L. Sandler

Cary L. SandlerMember

Email: csandler@brbs.com

Phone: 888-740-0925 or 215-268-7639

Born: 1954
College: Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1976
Law School: Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1979
Admissions: 1979, Pennsylvania
Biography: Cary received his B.A. from Penn State in 1976 and his J.D. from Samford University in 1979.  He began his career trying asbestos cases in court, and was one of the first trial attorneys to specialize in what was then a new area.  Cary is the managing partner of the firm and continues to work primarily on cases stemming from asbestos exposure and medical malpractice.  He also manages the firm’s Bankruptcy Claim Division.  At Villanova Law School he frequently lectures on the ever changing subject of expert witnesses in the courtroom.Cary is President of Philmont Country Club, member of the Board of Trustees for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, former Vice President of the Lawyers Division of Federation Allied Jewish Appeal, and former Commissioner of the Lower Merion Little League.

Mesothelioma – A General Overview

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer resulting from exposure to asbestos. When the asbestos fibers are inhaled or swallowed they penetrate into the lungs and other areas of the body.  Mesothelioma develops most commonly in the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen, and cavity surrounding the heart.

Occupations and Workplaces That Pose a Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Patients with the highest risk of mesothelioma are with occupations that expose them to asbestos on a daily basis.  Employees that mine asbestos or work in manufacturing plants that produce building materials (insulation, roofing, etc.) can be regularly exposed to the hazardous fibers.  Building contractors, construction and demolition laborers, drywallers and carpenters can be exposed to asbestos during the construction process.

Other industries with known high levels of exposure to asbestos are auto repair workers (brakes and clutches), sand or abrasive manufacturing factories, oil refineries, steel mills and shipyards, power plants, painting and plumbing. United States Navy veterans, merchant marines, and railroad workers have been identified as careers with known mesothelioma victims.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Symptoms of mesothelioma are commonly associated with every day ailments and the disease may go undetected for many years after the asbestos exposure.  In fact, mesothelioma may not become symptomatic for 20 to 50 years. A persistent cough, shortness of breath and chest pains are frequent symptoms associated with mesothelioma.  Advanced symptoms are similar to those related to the progressive stages of cancer: weight loss, night sweats, loss of appetite.

Diagnosing Mesothelioma

When the symptoms are significant enough for a patient to seek professional medical attention, the mesothelioma may have already developed into the late stages.  A physician will send an individual for a series of medical tests in order to diagnose mesothelioma.  The doctor usually orders a blood test to check blood levels for chemical changes that detect a tumor.  Additional tests can be ordered to determine the type and stage of mesothelioma: CT/CAT scan is a two dimensional view of an x-ray, MRI is a view of the tumor in contrast to normal tissue, PET scan captures images of biological changes, and pleuroscopy is an insertion of a video camera into the chest cavity.

Types and Stages of Mesothelioma

There are three types of mesothelioma.  The most common, pleural mesothelioma, involves the membrane or lining that surrounds the lungs. Peritoneal mesothelioma develops as a tumor in the abdomen.  Pericardial mesothelioma involves fluid build-up between the tissues of the heart and its lining.

Since mesothelioma is cancer, it is also diagnosed in the stage of progression of the disease.  There are four stages beginning with stage I, the cancer is still localized where it originated, through stage IV, the cancer has spread to distant organs.  Depending on the stage of the mesothelioma at time of diagnosis, treatments will vary.

Mesothelioma Treatments

Available treatment options for mesothelioma are continually expanding.  Traditional treatments include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Recent developments in treating mesothelioma include photodynamic therapy, immunotherapy and gene therapy. Alternative treatments for mesothelioma include acupuncture, massage, meditation & aromatherapy.

For more information about mesothelioma contact us online or call the Pennsylvania asbestos attorneys at  Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler at 1-800-369-0899.

Diagnosing Mesothelioma

As advocates for victims of mesothelioma, the lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler not only provide legal representation, but often support their clients and their loved ones through the physically- and emotionally-draining progression of the disease. We understand the importance of early diagnosis and proper treatment to improve survival rates and the quality of life for those suffering from this devastating cancer. Our firm provides the information below about diagnosing mesothelioma, but researchers and scientists are continually working to develop new diagnostic tools as well as treatments, and individuals with a history of asbestos exposure should consult with a physician.

Early Diagnosis of Mesothelioma is Critical

Mesothelioma is a difficult disease to diagnose because the symptoms mimic those of so many other illnesses.  There is a long latency period associated with mesothelioma that also makes it difficult to diagnose in its early stages.  Patients may not experience any symptoms of the disease for 20 to 50 years after the initial exposure to asbestos.  Typically, when patients begin to experience signs of the disease, the mesothelioma has already progressed to more advanced stages.  Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, lower back pain, persistent cough, fever, nausea, difficulty swallowing, heart palpitations, loss of appetite, night sweats and weight loss.

Patients being evaluated for a potential mesothelioma diagnosis will often undergo several the procedures  in order to make a definitive diagnosis.  Theses diagnostic tests are often used in conjunction with one another to give physicians a clear and accurate picture .  Early detection of mesothelioma gives patients the best chances for survival by increasing the opportunities for effective treatment and improving their quality of life while battling this horrible disease.   Like most other cancers, mesothelioma is diagnosed in stages that are defined by the extent of the disease.  There are four stages with stage 1 being considered a localized cancer that has not spread leading up to stage 4 that indicates an advanced case of cancer with extensive metastasis.  These stages help to determine which treatment options are available to the patient.

Diagnostics Tests and Procedures

Physical Examination and Complete Medical History

One of the most important diagnostic tools for making an accurate diagnosis of mesothelioma is a detailed medical and occupational history provided by the patient.  This would include any past history of asbestos exposure and all the details surrounding that exposure including when and where it occurred as well as the duration of exposure.  A thorough physical examination is also necessary to look for any signs and symptoms of the disease including examinations of the lungs, heart and abdomen.

Imaging Studies

Traditional X-rays:  This is often the first imaging study that is utilized when diagnosing mesothelioma.  An x-ray can reveal the presence of fluid in the lungs or the existence of a tumor.  These x-rays usually focus on one specific area of the body and cannot show the full extent of tumor growth.

Positron Emission Tomography Scans (PET):  In this nuclear medicine procedure, patients are given an injection of a small amount of a radiotracer, which is a type of radioactive material.  PET scans are useful at differentiating cancerous from noncancerous cells because the cancer cells will absorb the radiotracers and show up on the scan as bright white hot spots.  PET scans can detect cancer including mesothelioma in its early stages, sometimes before a patient shows any signs of illness, and will show evidence of metastasis.  The images from a PET scan are not as detailed as those of the CT scans and MRIs; therefore, they are used as a supplement to those tests.

Computed Tomography Scans (CT):  CT scans  show more detailed internal images of the body when compared to the traditional x-rays.  The exact location of a tumor can be determined as well as the size of the tumor.  The CT scan images can also reveal whether mesothelioma has metastasized or spread to other parts of the body.  Undergoing a CT scan is a noninvasive and painless procedure that only takes a short amount of time but can provide valuable information.  Patients are sometimes asked to drink a contrast dye several hours before the procedure, and may be asked to hold their breath for a few seconds during the procedure in order to improve the quality of the images.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):  During this scan some  patients are given some contrast prior to the test to enhance the images. The MRI images allow physicians to differentiate cancerous tissue from normal tissue and also help to establish the staging of the mesothelioma. Determining the stage of the mesothelioma is important medical evidence that allows physicians to determine the proper course of treatment and  if surgery is an option.

Biopsies

This is a diagnostic procedure in which a surgeon removes a small amount of fluid or tissue from the tumor site.  The cells are then analyzed under a microscope to determine whether the tumor is cancerous or noncancerous as well as what specific type of cancer the patient has.  There are various methods in which a biopsy can be performed.

Needle Biopsy:  During this procedure, a long, thin hollow needle is inserted through the skin into the chest or abdomen to obtain a fluid sample that is then analyzed in a pathology lab.  Any excess or build-up of fluid can also be drained.  This is considered a non-invasive procedure with patients  requiring a local anesthetic.  This diagnostic test can be done in a physician’s office or the hospital and does not require a hospital stay.  There are several different needle biopsies depending on which form of mesothelioma is suspected:

  • Thoracentesis:  performed when patients show signs of pleural mesothelioma.  This procedure involves the removal of excess fluid from the space between the lungs and chest wall called the pleural space.  The fluid is sent to the lab for testing.
  • Paracentesis:   performed when doctors suspect that a patient may have peritoneal mesothelioma.  This procedure involves the removal of excess fluid from the abdominal cavity which is then analyzed in a lab.
  • Pericardiocentesis:  performed when patients show symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma.  Fluid is removed from the sac that surrounds the heart and sent to the lab for tests.

Endoscopic Biopsies:  Endoscopic biopsies involve the process in which small surgical incisions are made in the chest or abdomen and a fiber-optic imaging scope or tube is inserted to allow physicians to get an inside view of the chest or abdomen.  A sample of tissue is obtained for further analysis.  A thoracoscopy refers to the process of examining the tissue in the chest and a peritoneoscopy or laparoscopy refers to the method of examining tissue from the abdomen.  A mediastinoscopy looks at the center of the chest around the heart, the area in front of the lungs and lymph nodes located in the mediastinum.  These diagnostic procedures are done in the operating room under general anesthesia.

Open Biopsies:  Open or surgical biopsies are extensive and invasive procedures performed under general anesthesia when a large sampling of tissue or even a portion of the tumor is needed to confirm a diagnosis of mesothelioma.  When an incision is made in the chest wall to acquire a tissue sampling, the procedure is called a thoracotomy.  If the incision is made in the abdomen, it is known as a laparotomy.

Blood Tests

Blood tests can be used in conjunction with other diagnostic tests to monitor the progression of the disease and to determine if the disease is responding to treatment.  Much research is being directed at further developing blood tests so they can be used as diagnostic and screening tools.

Biomarker Technology:  There is a new non-invasive technology that is showing promising results in its ability to detect and identify the presence of cancer.  (Read our blog.) Biomarkers are proteins that are found in or on cells in the body.  Researchers have discovered that specific biomarkers are present in the blood when a certain disease exists in the body.  Research has found that patients suffering from mesothelioma have high levels of specific biomarkers in their blood and are often formed before mesothelioma symptoms appear.

  •  Fibulin-3:  Recent studies have shown that Fibulin-3 levels in blood and pleural fluid may help doctors differentiate the presence of mesothelioma from other medical conditions.  It may also help distinguish patients who have been exposed to asbestos from patients who actually have mesothelioma.  Current studies are underway to determine if Fibulin-3 can be used for the diagnosis and monitoring of mesothelioma.

 

  • Soluble Mesothelin-Related Peptides (SMRP):  The MESOMARK assay is the first FDA approved blood test for mesothelioma.  It is used in combination with other tests to confirm an accurate diagnosis of mesothelioma.  It is the hope that someday it could serve as a screening tool for patients who are at increased risk of developing mesothelioma.  Cancerous mesothelial cells such as those in the linings of the chest and abdominal cavities release proteins known as soluble mesothelin-related peptides (SMRP).   These protein markers can be measured in the blood by the MESOMARK assay blood test. If there are elevated levels, mesothelioma is suspected.

 

  • SOMAscan:  A team of researchers recently discovered a panel of 13 blood proteins that are linked to mesothelioma in its earliest stages.  This test would allow individuals who have been exposed to asbestos to potentially get a diagnosis of mesothelioma in stage 1 or stage 2 of the disease thereby having the opportunity to start treatment sooner.  Ongoing research and testing is underway to improve and validate the accuracy of the test.

Contact the Philadelphia Mesothelioma Lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler – Dedicated to Supporting Victims Suffering from Mesothelioma

If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos, it is essential to not only contact a medical professional to seek a diagnosis and treatment, but also to obtain legal support from an experienced mesothelioma lawyer.  The dedicated legal team of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler in Philadelphia can assist you in filing a mesothelioma lawsuit in Pennsylvania or New Jersey in order to obtain the financial compensation that you will need to cover the cost of treatments and to give you peace of mind in maintaining financial stability for yourself and your family.  Call our Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers today at 1-888-740-0925 (toll free) to schedule a free, confidential consultation or contact us online.

 

Pericardial Mesothelioma: Rarest Form of Mesothelioma

A diagnosis of any form of mesothelioma is tragic, but for the ten percent of mesothelioma patients diagnosed each year with pericardial mesothelioma, treatment options are severely compromised.  Pericardial mesothelioma attacks the lining surrounding the heart, the pericardial membrane, and like all other types of mesothelioma is directly related to asbestos exposure.

Surgery is most often not an option for these patients, regardless of the stage of the disease at diagnosis, which limits the chances for a prolonged life expectancy.  Chemotherapy and radiation can provide comfort to those suffering from the disease, though it will not eradicate the cancer.

The Philadelphia mesothelioma law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler has a history of over 25 years helping victims of pericardial mesothelioma in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Our skilled asbestos litigators are dedicated to serving the needs of victims of asbestos-related diseases, such as pericardial mesothelioma.  We work diligently to protect the rights of mesothelioma victims and their families.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma physicians and researchers are still working to determine exactly how carcinogenic asbestos fibers reach the pericardial lining of the heart.  The most logical theory to date suggests that oxygen rich blood entering the heart from the lungs contains asbestos fibers that attach themselves to the lining of the heart.  Once there, the fibers lay dormant for a period of 20-50 years before developing into malignant pericardial mesothelioma.

Diagnosing and treating pericardial mesothelioma is complicated because the heart is the central organ necessary to sustain all life functions.  Surgical intervention is a rare option for treating this form of mesothelioma.  Removing a tumor from the pericardial lining carries too great a risk to justify surgery in most cases.   Doctors typically focus treatment on chemical intervention as well as comfort measures to assist the patient in the management of the disease.  Those in the early stages of pericardial mesothelioma are more likely to be eligible for experimental therapies, medications and, in rare cases, surgery.

Symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma are so similar to those of heart disease; misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose this form of mesothelioma are common. A diagnosis of pericardial mesothelioma most often occurs when doctors are investigating symptoms of respiratory distress, shortness of breath, or pain in the chest area. Individuals with a known history of first or second-hand exposure to asbestos must inform their doctors when seeking medical intervention for these types of symptoms which can include:

  • Heart palpitations, arrhythmia, or heart murmurs
  • Chest pain
  • Cough or difficulty breathing at rest or while lying down
  • Fatigue
  • Fever or night sweats

Philadelphia Mesothelioma Lawyers of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler Advocate for Victims of Pericardial Mesothelioma

A diagnosis of pericardial mesothelioma is overwhelming to the victim and their loved ones.  Medical tests and procedures, chemotherapy, radiation, medications, and a terminal diagnosis can create an emotional and financial crisis for the patient and their family.  The experienced and knowledgeable mesothelioma attorneys at the Philadelphia law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler can help alleviate some of the stress and confusion.  We will work diligently to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to by law and help you plan a secure future for your family.

Located in center city Philadelphia, the mesothelioma attorneys at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler serve clients throughout the Pennsylvania New Jersey – Delaware region.  Call us today at 1-888-740-0925 or contact us online.

Risk Factors for Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer that occurs in the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart.  The primary risk factor for developing mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.  Asbestos fibers can be swallowed or inhaled becoming lodged in the tissues that line the organs causing irritation, inflammation and cell damage.  This subsequently can lead to mesothelioma ten to 60 years after the initial exposure.

Factors that may increase an individuals’ risk of developing mesothelioma include

  • History of an asbestos exposure:  Workers that have been regularly exposed to the hazardous material are at a higher risk for suffering from mesothelioma.  Because many older homes and buildings were constructed using asbestos-containing materials up until the 1970’s, property owners and homeowners are also at risk of exposure to asbestos when they take on a renovation or remodeling project in their dwellings.
  • Second Hand Exposure:  Spouses and children could suffer a secondary exposure when they came in direct contact with family members who carry asbestos fibers home with them on their clothes, hair and skin.  Fibers may become embedded in furniture if workers sit down or lay their clothes on a couch or bed.  Persons laundering the asbestos-laden clothes are especially susceptible to suffering a secondary asbestos exposure.
  • Proximity to Asbestos Mine or Plant: Residents living in adjacent neighborhoods to an asbestos mine or factories containing asbestos materials are at risk of an environmental exposure when asbestos fibers are released into the air.
  • Natural disasters:  Natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires and tornados have the potential to expose many individuals to asbestos when buildings containing asbestos materials are damaged or torn apart releasing the toxic asbestos fibers into the air. In the aftermath of these devastating disasters, first responders, clean-up crews, rescue volunteers, and the residents of the affected communities face an increased risk of asbestos exposure from the circulating asbestos fibers in the air.
  • Smoking:  Smoking alone is not considered a risk factor for mesothelioma.  However, the combination of smoking and an asbestos exposure has been shown to greatly increase an individual’s risk for developing mesothelioma.

Other less common risk factors for mesothelioma:

  • SV40 Virus:  Some injectable polio vaccinations were contaminated with the SV 40 virus back in the 1950s and 1960s exposing as many as 30 million people.
  • Thorium Dioxide:  Thorium dioxide also known as Thorotrast was a chemical that was utilized in the past by doctors for some x-ray tests.
  • Erionite:  Erionite is a naturally occurring mineral that has similar properties to asbestos including being classified as a human carcinogen.  The fibrous mineral is typically found in volcanic ash, rock and soil in the western states of North America and a region in Turkey known as Central Anatolia.

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The asbestos lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler in Philadelphia have been successfully representing victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses for over 30 years.  We are dedicated to helping our clients achieve justice and the fair compensation to which they deserve.  If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos and has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, call our experienced asbestos attorneys today at 215-268-7639 to schedule a free consultation or submit an online inquiry.

Stages of Mesothelioma

After a mesothelioma diagnosis is confirmed, physicians will determine the extent of the disease by performing additional medical studies such as x-rays, MRI scans, PET scans and CT scans. These staging tests allow the doctors to place patients in categories, which in turn help the team of specialists establish the best course of treatment for each individual patient in an effort to improve their prognosis.

There are several different mesothelioma staging systems that physicians currently use to help predict a patient’s prognosis and determine appropriate treatment based on the stage of the disease.  These systems particularly apply to patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, as the other types of mesothelioma are much less common.

Staging System for Mesothelioma

The Butchart System:  Dr. Eric G. Butchart developed this system in 1976 on the basis of looking at the size, location and degree of metastasis or spreading.

  • Stage I:  The cancer is in its earliest stage and affects only one side of the body, the pleura or pericardium.  There is no metastasis to the lymph nodes.
  • Stage II:  The cancer has extended to both sides of the pleura or pericardium and spread into the wall of the chest and/or the esophagus.  Cancer cells may also be detected in the lymph nodes of the chest.
  • Stage III:  The cancer has spread through the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen, into the abdominal cavity called the peritoneum.  The cancer has also spread to lymph nodes beyond the chest.
  • Stage IV:  The cancer is in its most advanced stage, spreading to other organs in the body such as the bones, brain or liver.  Palliative care is recommended.

The Brigham System:  This staging system was developed in 1993 by Dr. David Sugarbaker and later revised in 1998.  The four stages were broken down on the basis of whether the mesothelioma cancer could be removed with a surgical procedure and whether there are lymph nodes involved.

  • Stage I:  The cancer is limited to the pleura, lung, pericardium, diaphragm or chest wall.  None of the lymph nodes are affected.  Surgery is a viable treatment.
  • Stage II:  The cancer remains localized to the pleura, lung, pericardium, diaphragm or chest wall.  The lymph nodes are now affected.  Surgery is still an option.
  • Stage III:  The cancer has spread into the chest wall, heart or through the diaphragm into the peritoneum.  Cancer may or may not be detected in the lymph nodes.  Surgery is not an option.
  • Stage IV:  The cancer has spread extensively through the bloodstream to other parts of the body.

The TNM Staging System:  This is the most recently developed system and most widely accepted system, also known as the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (IMIG) Staging System and created in the 1990s by the American Joint Committee on Cancer.  This system looks at the extent the primary tumor has spread, if cancer cells are present in the lymph nodes and whether there is any metastasis or spreading to other organs in the body.  Number scores are given in the following areas:  T for Tumor, N for Nodes and M for Metastasis.  The scores are then correlated to a specific stage.

  • Stage I:  This is the earliest stages of the disease and involves only the left or right pleura lining of the chest.  It may also have grown into the lung’s outer layer, pericardium or the diaphragm on the affected side.  The cancer is localized and has not spread to the lymph nodes.  Stage I is sometimes broken down into two separate groups, Stage IA and Stage IB.
  • Stage II:  Cancer has spread to both layers of either the right or left pleura, into the lungs and/or the diaphragm.  Nearby lymph nodes on the same side may be affected.  The disease remains localized to one side of the body.
  • Stage III:  Cancer has spread to the chest wall, esophagus, ribs, heart or other organs on the same side of the primary tumor location.  Lymph nodes on the same side of the chest may be affected.
  • Stage IV:  This is the most advanced stage and there is distant metastatic disease present in various parts of the body.  Surgery is not an option for this stage.

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If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, contact the law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler in Philadelphia.  Regardless of what stage of mesothelioma you have been diagnosed with, you may be entitled to obtain financial compensation.  Call us today at 215-268-7639 to schedule a free consultation or submit an online inquiry.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer directly related to asbestos exposure.  Although there is no cure for mesothelioma, early detection can help slow the progression of the disease and prolong the life of its victim.  Unfortunately, mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed in its early stages, or ignored all together.

Early warning signs of mesothelioma include fatigue, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest pains, which are common for many other, less serious conditions.  Physicians can sometimes mistake these symptoms for those of asthma or COPD, and patients often assume that their symptoms are related to these conditions and delay seeing their doctor.  The attorneys at the Philadelphia mesothelioma law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown and Sandler are all too familiar with the devastating effects of mesothelioma and know how valuable early detection can be.

Four Types of Mesothelioma Cause Varying Symptoms

There are four types of mesothelioma, each with its own set of symptoms.  All are directly related to asbestos exposure from direct or second-hand sources.  Because the dormancy period can span decades, symptoms relating to asbestos-related disease can go unattended.   Though symptoms can vary among the types of mesothelioma, some are common to all forms of the cancer.

  • Pleural MesotheliomaThis is the most common type of mesothelioma.  The cancerous cells are found in the pleural membranes that surround the lungs and line the chest wall and diaphragm.  The most common symptoms of this type of mesothelioma include:
    • Persistent dry or raspy cough
    • Coughing up blood (hemoptysis)
    • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
    • Pain in the lower back or rib area
    • Painful breathing
    • Development of lumps under the skin on the chest
    • Difficulty with swallowing (dysphagia)
    • Night sweats or fever
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Fatigue
  • Peritoneal MesotheliomaThis type of mesothelioma is less common than pleural mesothelioma, but still accounts for 20-30% of all new cases of the disease.  Peritoneal mesothelioma cells can be found in the peritoneal membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and surrounds and supports the digestive organs.  Symptoms of this type of mesothelioma include:
    • Abdominal pain or swelling
    • Changes in bowel habits (such as diarrhea or constipation)
    • Development of lumps under the skin on the abdomen
    • Night sweats or fever
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Anemia
  • Pericardial MesotheliomaThis type of mesothelioma affects the pericardial membrane that surrounds the heart.  This form of mesothelioma is not common, and is very difficult to diagnose.  Symptoms include:
    • Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
    • Chest pain
    • Murmurs
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing, even when at rest (dyspnea)
    • Orthopnea (dyspnea which occurs when lying down)
    • Fatigue
    • Fever or night sweats
  • Testicular Mesothelioma:  Testicular mesothelioma affects the tissue surrounding the testicles and is very rare.  Less than 100 cases have been reported worldwide.  Diagnosis can be difficult, but treatments available for this type of mesothelioma provide the best prognosis.  Symptoms are limited and include a change in appearance of the testicles, scrotal swelling, and lumps on or within the testicle.  These symptoms combined with a history of asbestos exposure lead to a biopsy and official diagnosis.

Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler – Legal Help for Victims of Mesothelioma

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, or have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, call us to schedule a consultation.  Our mesothelioma law firm serves clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is conveniently located in the heart of Philadelphia.  Call us today at 800-369-0899, or contact us online for more information.

Asbestos – Trades at Risk

Many American Workers at Risk of Asbestos Exposure

At the height of its use, asbestos was incorporated into thousands of products. Many American workers were exposed to it every day on the job because asbestos-containing materials were used in the transportation industry, the construction industry, in all types of factories and manufacturing plants, throughout the electrical industry including the telephone industry, in the textile industry and in automobile manufacturing and repairs. Asbestos can still be found today across the country in buildings, roads, factories, homes, schools and most transportation vehicles including ships, trains and automobiles. For this reason, the health of workers continues to be threatened, particularly those workers employed in certain occupations and trades carrying an exceptionally high risk of asbestos exposure.

Construction Workers:  The Consumer Product Safety Commission began to regulate the use of asbestos in construction products in 1977; however, this did not prevent the use of stockpiles of asbestos-laden supplies that continued to be used into the 1980’s. Today, laborers, general contractors, cement masons, crane operators, dry wall installers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and tile layers are exposed to asbestos fibers daily as they repair, renovate and demolish buildings laden with asbestos-containing products. Construction workers come in contact with asbestos in finishing cements, flatboard, millboard and roofing materials that include shingles and adhesives.

Factory Workers: Before asbestos regulations were implemented in the 1970s, drilling or cutting into asbestos-containing materials often placed drill press operators at risk of asbestos exposure. As the asbestos-laden products were drilled, cut and ground, asbestos dust became airborne. Drill press operators, grinding machine operators, welders, laborers, moulders, furnace men, millwrights, assemblers, custodial workers and maintenance workers employed at factories and other manufacturing plants were at extreme risk of asbestos exposure.

Naval Servicemen:  Asbestos was widely used by the Navy in ship engine and boiler rooms because of its fireproofing and heat resistant capability.  Until 1970’s, asbestos-containing materials could be found in every U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard vessel from the smallest patrol boats to the largest aircraft carriers. Asbestos could be found everywhere the sailors slept, ate, worked and relaxed and in many of the things they used each day, from pipe insulation to bedding. Even after the Navy banned the use of asbestos-laced materials, navy personnel continued to be exposed during the abatement and repair process. Many of the ships built with asbestos materials continued to operate for decades exposing Navy men and women to asbestos every day. The task of removing ship components in older vessels becomes more dangerous and expensive as the materials become more brittle over time and the risk of airborne asbestos fibers increases.

Auto MechanicsBefore the hazards of asbestos were recognized, asbestos was commonly used in vehicular brake linings and pads due to its excellent fire-resistant properties. Auto mechanic and technicians were exposed to asbestos fibers when they installed, repaired and replaced brake systems.  They routinely used an air hose to clean the brake surfaces (“blowing out”)  and regularly “beveled” brake edges to muffle brake noises. Both techniques released asbestos dust into air. In addition, any friction against the drums as the brake pad and linings break down can release asbestos fibers. This increased risk of asbestos exposure for auto technicians continues today. As late as 1993, some American-made cars were still manufactured with asbestos brake linings. Furthermore, these asbestos linings are still used in some expensive imports and can be purchased from part manufacturers around the world. Despite OSHA guidelines, dangerous levels of asbestos dust are often found in automobile workshops and mechanic garages across the country.

Asbestos Remediation and Decontamination WorkersWorkers who are involved in asbestos remediation and decontamination are obviously at serious risk of asbestos exposure. When buildings are demolished, the asbestos materials in the walls, floors, ceilings and roofs must be removed, contained and disposed of by these specially trained workers.  Without proper precautions such as safety equipment and clothing, asbestos remediation and decontamination workers can be exposed to toxic asbestos fibers when they are released into the air.

OSHA Reports Asbestos Exposure For More Than 75 Occupational Groups

In 1997, OSHA began enacting standards to regulate the handling of asbestos in the workplace to protect workers from exposure. Unfortunately, the regulations came too late and countless American workers were exposed to asbestos daily. Moreover, failure to comply with regulations is more common than we’d like to believe.

Since the effects of asbestos exposure may not become evident for 20 to 50 years after exposure, workers in trades that carry high risk need to be vigilant in monitoring their health.  Although there is no safe level of asbestos exposure, workers can take precautionary measures to reduce the amount of on-the-job exposure to the toxic substance.  Protective clothing, proper ventilation, masks, protective eye wear, and proper disposal will help to limit health hazards.  Employers need to properly train employees in safe handling procedures and crisis management techniques.  Failure to do so makes them liable for consequences that their employees suffer and can also result in criminal charges.

Philadelphia Asbestos Attorneys at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown, and Sandler Serve Clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey

The Philadelphia asbestos law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown, and Sandler have helped workers exposed to asbestos in all type of trades and work environments. We are conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia and serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Call us today at 800-369-0899, or contact us online for more information about how we can help you.

Treatment Options for Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare aggressive cancer that is exclusively caused by an exposure to asbestos.  It typically takes between 10 to 60 years from the initial exposure to asbestos for the disease to develop.  While there is no cure for mesothelioma and the life expectancy following a diagnosis is about one year, the goal of treatment is more palliative in nature.  First and foremost, patients suffering from any form of mesothelioma need to seek medical guidance and support from a reputable mesothelioma specialist who can help determine what treatment options are the most appropriate for your specific case.  Many factors need to be considered including the type of mesothelioma, the stage of the disease, an individual’s overall health, the person’s age and the patient’s own wishes as to how aggressively they would like to pursue their treatment.

Currently, there are a wide array of new treatments, procedures and medications that are being researched and tested in clinical trials.  In recent years, many of these new innovative therapies have shown promise in improving the quality of life for mesothelioma victims, and in some cases, their lives have even been prolonged.

Traditional Treatments for Mesothelioma

The traditional treatments for mesothelioma include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, or any combination of the three.  This multimodal therapy is aimed at removing or shrinking tumor growth and easing a patient’s pain and alleviating any other symptoms.

Surgery

There are several surgeries that are often utilized in the treatment plan for mesothelioma patients.  The main goal of surgery is to remove as much of the cancer as possible; however, at times surgery is considered an option to help alleviate pain and improve a patient’s quality of life.  Surgery is most effective if mesothelioma is diagnosed in its earliest stages.  Surgery is almost never used alone.  Instead, it is used in conjunction with other treatment options such as radiation and chemotherapy.

  • Extrapleural Pneumonectomy: an extensive complex operation in which a surgeon removes the affected cancerous lung along with the lining of the lung (pleura), the lining of the heart sac (pericardium), the diaphragm and lymph nodes.  This is an option for patients whose pleural mesothelioma has been diagnosed in an early stage and has not spread to other organs.  While this option has a greater potential for removing all the cancer cells, a patient’s quality of life can be severely impacted because the entire lung is removed.  Patients usually suffer from shortness of breath and a diminished capacity for physical activity.  Many mesothelioma patients do not qualify for this surgery because the majority of mesothelioma patients are diagnosed when the disease has already reached an advanced stage.
  • Pleurectomy/decortication: this is a surgical procedure for patients with pleural mesothelioma.   First, a pleurectomy is performed.  Essentially, the outer lining of the pleura on the affected lung is removed, but the lung itself is left intact.  Then a surgeon will perform a decortication in which the surgeon will remove any detectable tumor growth and scrape the lung to remove any additional cancer cells.  A patient’s quality of life is better preserved with this surgery because the lung is left in place, but the potential for cancer cells to still exist is a real concern.
  • Peritonectomy:  this is the surgical treatment of choice for patients suffering from peritoneal mesothelioma.  A surgeon will remove the lining of the abdominal cavity.
  • Cytoreductive Surgery: this treatment option for peritoneal mesothelioma patients involves surgeons removing the lining of the abdominal cavity as well as any additional cancer growth in the abdomen.  Surgeons will often have to remove segments of other organs including the stomach, pancreas, liver, bowels, gall bladder and the spleen.
  • Pericardiectomy:  a surgical procedure that is used to treat patients suffering from pericardial mesothelioma.  The outer lining of the heart, the pericardium, is removed.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation is a common method that is used to treat mesothelioma and is ordinarily performed in conjunction with surgery and chemotherapy.  Radiation therapy is used to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells.  It can be administered from an external source that involves patients receiving the radiation in the form of x-rays or gamma rays from a machine.  There are also options for internal radiation in which radioisotopes or other radioactive substances are implanted or injected in or near the cancer cells in the body.  In addition, a new alternative radiation therapy has become available.  Intensity –modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) is a type of radiation treatment that can more precisely focus in on the cancer cells while preserving healthy cells and tissues. As with other treatments, radiation poses a risk of side effects including skin irritation, fatigue, dry mouth and nausea.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a mesothelioma treatment that is used to help eradicate the cancer cells, decrease the size of the tumors and lessen the risk that the cancer will spread.  Chemotherapy drugs are most often administered orally or intravenously.  Patients will usually experience side effects from the chemotherapy such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, hair loss and anemia.  In the case of pleural mesothelioma, chemotherapy can be given directly into the chest.  This is known as intrapleural chemotherapy.  Likewise, if a patient has peritoneal mesothelioma, chemotherapy can be given directly into the peritoneum.  This is known as intraperitoneal chemotherapy.  Some of the more common chemotherapy agents used for mesothelioma are Alimta (pemetrexed) and Cisplatin.  They are normally used in combination together.

Recent Developments in Treating Mesothelioma

Fortunately, research and clinical trials are always underway to advance the current treatment options as well as to find new innovative treatments and drugs for mesothelioma.  Recent studies have shown some promise and hope for those suffering from this horrible disease.

Photodynamic Therapy

This relatively new treatment option involves patients being injected with a drug, a photosensitizer.  All the cells in the body will absorb the photosensitizing drug, but the cancer cells retain the drug longer than normal healthy cells.  After a period of time, typically a few days, doctors will insert a light of a specific wavelength into the body to identify the cancer cells that have become more sensitive to the light.  The light will cause a chemical reaction.  The photosensitizer drug that is now present in the cancer cells will produce a form of oxygen causing the cancer cells to die.  In addition, this type of mesothelioma treatment can be helpful in destroying the blood vessels that help support the growth of the tumor.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a process in which a mesothelioma patient’s own immune system is stimulated or manipulated to help fight off the cancer.  This type of treatment is designed to help a person’s own natural defense system identify the cancerous mesothelioma cells, and then react by attacking and destroying the cells.  Most often, this type of therapy involves a patient being injected with proteins that are already produced in the body or by proteins developed in a lab. Immunotherapy is often referred to as biologic therapy.

Gene Therapy

Gene therapy is continually being researched and tested as a treatment for mesothelioma.  This type of therapy can be achieved in several different approaches.  A patient’s defective genes can be inactivated or they can be replaced with healthy ones or in some cases, new genes can be introduced in to the body to help fight the disease.  Researchers are also using viruses that have been modified in the lab as part of the gene therapy approach that can aid in attacking cancer cells and slowing or shrinking tumor growth.

Alternative Treatments For Mesothelioma

Some patients may choose to incorporate other treatments into their care plan as a means to help ease the stress and anxiety that go along with a mesothelioma diagnosis, thereby improving their quality of life.  Alternative therapies have been shown to help relieve pain as well as other side effects that patients have to endure as a result of undergoing medical treatment.  Choosing to partake in any of these treatments also gives patients a feeling of control over their disease.  Some examples include acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, meditation, aromatherapy, herbal supplements, yoga, pet therapy and hypnotherapy.

Philadelphia Mesothelioma Attorneys at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler:  Dedicated to Fighting for the Rights of Mesothelioma Victims

The mesothelioma lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler in Philadelphia understand that being diagnosed with mesothelioma and undergoing the treatment process can be overwhelming for both you and your family.  We have dedicated a key area of our practice to ensuring that mesothelioma victims obtain the full and fair compensation for illness.  Our success both in and out of the courtroom has earned us a reputation for being a top-notch mesothelioma law firm that aggressively fights for the rights of individuals suffering from mesothelioma as well as other asbestos-related diseases.  To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Philadelphia mesothelioma attorney at the law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler, call our office today at 800-369-0899 or fill out our online contact form.

Automobile Accidents & Injuries

Damage Awards for Car Crash Victims

When you are injured in an auto accident, the legal implications can be challenging. You must determine whether your claim will be paid by your insurance company or by the other driver’s insurer. If the other driver is uninsured, the situation becomes more difficult. In some cases, you may have to file suit against your own insurance company.

The Pennsylvania automobile accident law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler (BRBS) fully understands the complexity of auto accident liability law. Our lawyers examine the specifics of your accident and advise you how to proceed. Not every car accident case leads to a large settlement. We give you a realistic expectation of the damages that you may be entitled to. Our Pennsylvania car accident attorneys ensure that you receive the maximum compensation allowed by law.

Pennsylvania No-fault Auto Insurance

In Pennsylvania, every driver is required to carry no-fault auto insurance. This type of policy covers your economic losses after an auto accident, regardless of whether the accident was your fault or the other driver’s fault. Economic losses include—

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages

Your insurance company seeks to minimize your compensation by disallowing certain medical procedures and challenging your inability to work while recovering. Our auto accident lawyers negotiate with your insurance company to make certain that you receive the most complete payments that your policy allows.

When your policy limits fall short of covering your actual expenses, we pursue payment from the other’s driver’s insurance company. If the other driver was uninsured—in violation of state law—we file a lawsuit to help you achieve full compensation for your actual damages.

Compensation for Non-Economic Losses

No-fault auto accident insurance does not provide compensation for non-economic losses, such as—

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Punitive damages

You may be entitled to this type of award after an auto accident if you are determined to have been no more than 50% at fault. But, if you are found to share more than half of the fault for the accident—the 51% rule—then you are not entitled to any of the above damages. Our car accident lawyers focus on establishing the fault of the other driver so you can have the option of receiving non-economic compensation if possible.

Learn About Your Rights After an Automobile Accident

When you are injured in a car accident, you need experienced Pennsylvania auto accident lawyers to help you understand your options under Pennsylvania law. The auto accident law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler is ready to evaluate your case. Call us today to speak with one of our auto accident lawyers at 215-268-7639 or contact the firm for a free consultation.

Catastrophic Injury

Major Injuries that Permanently Change Your Life

The law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler (BRBS) provides legal counsel to individuals who are seriously hurt. A catastrophic injury is one that changes your basic functional abilities—physical, mental, or both. You may be disabled and unable to work, yet the initial and future medical costs of treating such injuries can be staggering. In addition to your medical expenses and lost wages, ongoing expenses may include—

  • Home health care assistance
  • Other household help
  • Modifications to your home and car
  • Durable medical products (wheelchairs, prosthetics, etc.)
  • Vocational retraining

If your catastrophic injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, The Pennsylvania catastrophic injury attorneys at  BRBS helps you file a lawsuit to get adequate compensation for your losses.

Causes of Catastrophic Injury

While most people do not expect to suffer a catastrophic injury, major damage to the body can occur in daily life, in situations such as—

  • Falls from great heights
  • Car crashes
  • Medical malpractice
  • ATV accidents

Serious injuries are common at industrial workplaces, including—

  • Construction sites
  • Machine shops
  • Factories

These accidents may result in lost fingers, severed limbs, internal organ damage, spinal injury, brain damage, blindness, or deafness. When another person may have been negligently responsible for your catastrophic accident, the Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at BRBS take on your case and pursue damages.

Options for Recovering Damages

When your catastrophic injury occurred during your routine activities, our attorneys examine the specifics of your accident to determine who may have been negligent. There may be multiple individuals or companies who bear responsibility for your injuries. BRBS negotiates with the insurance companies to obtain a settlement that will adequately cover your current and future expenses. If an appropriate settlement cannot be reached, we file a personal injury lawsuit and seek a damage award from a jury.

If your injury occurred at work, our Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers assess the details of your accident and guide you to the strategy which will give you the best possible outcome. Workers’ Compensation provides itemized payments for specific catastrophic injuries, and may also offer a lump-sum payment for permanently disabling injuries. However, third party negligence at a job site may provide a more effective source of compensation. The lawyers at BRBS explore all of your options and take the best course of action on your behalf.

Get Compensation for Your Catastrophic Injuries

When you suffer life-changing injuries due to the negligence of another person, you need experienced and aggressive lawyers to help you receive the compensation you need. The catastrophic injury law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler is ready to evaluate your catastrophic injury case. Call us today to make an appointment at 215-268-7639 or contact the firm for a free consultation.

Civil Litigation

Claims for Injury to Your Body, Your Finances, or Your Reputation

Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler (BRBS) is a full-service Pennsylvania law firm, dedicated to helping people handle all of their legal issues. Most of our clients first seek our help with health-related legal matters, such as mesothelioma or medical malpractice. We are pleased that many clients then establish an ongoing relationship with our Pennsylvania civil litigation attorneys, returning to our firm for assistance with other matters involving civil litigation.

Personal Injury Claims

Our firm helps you get compensation when you have been injured due to the negligence of another person or company. BRBS handles many types of Pennsylvania personal injury cases. Learn more about how we help you get compensation after—

Unsafe Property Claims

Although you cannot expect to file a lawsuit every time you hurt yourself, you do have the right to demand that property owners and managers maintain safe premises. Our Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys represent people who are injured due to negligence such as—

  • Wet floors
  • Uneven stairs
  • Lack of railings
  • Inadequate warnings

When you are hurt on someone else’s property, let our experienced Pennsylvania accident lawyers determine if you have a valid premises liability claim.

Business Disputes

We help businesses resolve conflicts through negotiation when possible and litigation when necessary. Contact us for assistance with business disputes and controversies such as—

  • Partnership disputes
  • Employment agreements
  • Vendor relations
  • Breaches of contract

The commercial lawyers at BRBS handle your dispute cleanly and efficiently so you can go about managing your business without undue concern.

Libel, Slander, and Defamation Cases

Although freedom of speech is held dearly, Pennsylvania law provides protections against speech that is delivered maliciously or with negligence. BRBS seeks legal remedies for victims of libel, slander, and defamation. Our attorneys represent individuals whose reputations have been maligned, as well as businesses that have suffered commercial disparagement.

Not every instance of hurtful speech merits a lawsuit. Tell our lawyers about your circumstance, and we will let you know if you have a potential cause of action for libel, slander, or defamation.

Find Out if You Have Grounds for a Civil Lawsuit

When you have received an injury to your body, your finances, or your reputation, you need experienced lawyers to help you understand your options under Pennsylvania law. The law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler is ready to evaluate your case. Contact the firm for a free consultation.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical Malpractice or Medical Negligence is when injury or death occurs as a direct result of the failure of a physician or other health care provider (hospital, nurse, obstetrician, nursing home, anesthesiologist, pharmacist) to properly treat a medical condition. The injury or death caused by the negligence may be either a new condition or an aggravated injury to the patient. A doctor cannot be held responsible if the underlying medical problem was the cause of the death or injury.

Many situations result in medical malpractice or negligence cases and it is important to remember that not all medical situations that end badly are the cause of malpractice. Some examples of situations that may be construed to be medical negligence or malpractice include:

  • Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose Cancer
  • Coma, Nerve Damage or Death due to Anesthesiology Mistakes
  • Improper Administration of Prescription or Non-Prescription Drugs
  • Improper Use of a Medical Device or Implant
  • Surgical Procedures done without Patient Consent
  • Failure to Order the Proper Tests
  • Failure to Consult with a Specialist
  • Failure to Properly Monitor a Patient
  • Injury to Mother or Child during a VBAC (vaginal birth after C-Section)
  • Birth Injury or Birth Trauma due to Obstetrical, Nursing, Hospital or Physician Malpractice
  • Incorrect Treatment of a Diagnosed Illness
  • Failure of Hospital Staff to Properly Interpret Doctors’ Notes on Patient Charts, Resulting in Incorrect Administration of Medications or Treatments

Do I have a Medical Malpractice or Negligence Case?

Determining if you have a potential case for medical negligence or malpractice is difficult, at best. One sign that you may have a potential case would be an unexpected or very different result from a surgery or medical treatment. Also death or severe injury that occurs as a result of “routine” treatments or surgeries where the physician or doctor can give no reasonable explanation for the death or worsened condition of the patient, may give cause to consider that medical malpractice may have occurred.

If you believe that you or someone you care about has been a victim of medical malpractice or doctor negligence, you should seek legal advice immediately.

Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler takes pride in assisting our clients who have suffered injury due to the negligence of health care professionals to obtain the best results possible. Medical malpractice cases are very time consuming and expensive to litigate and in order to help us determine if a case has merit, our clients are required to help us with the case and will face frustration and unavoidable delays. No one should experience these problems unless they have a case that has merit and has the potential of being successful. As a result of the emotion, time, expense and difficulty of bringing medical negligence cases, a high percentage of cases our firm reviews are, unfortunately, turned down.

If you believe your potential medical malpractice case has merit, please fill out our online consultation form or call now for immediate assistance…  1-888-740-0925 or 1-215-268-7639

Product Liability Law

Injuries Caused by Dangerous Products

The Pennsylvania law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler (BRBS) represents people who have been injured by defective and dangerous consumer products. Product liability law is complex, and our lawyers have the necessary knowledge to assess your potential claim.

Consumer Product Recalls

When defective products are recalled, manufacturers are not shielded from litigation. In fact, a recall is an acknowledgement that the product posed a risk to the public. Many product liability lawsuits are filed after recalls are enacted.

Recent Product Recalls by Pennsylvania Companies

  • Over-the-counter medication. In April 2010, Ft. Washington-based McNeil Consumer Healthcare recalled several children’s medicines because they did not meet quality standards. Some of the medicines had higher concentrations of their active ingredients than indicated on the label, while other contained unspecified particles. The first lawsuits were filed within months.
  • Food. In August 2010, Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. recalled 8,500 pounds of ground beef that may have been contaminated with a strain of the deadly E. coli bacteria. The dangerous Cargill food products came from the company’s Wyalusing beef processing facility. Only three months earlier, the company settled a lawsuit by a woman who was paralyzed below the waist after consuming tainted meat produced by Cargill.
  • Gas boilers. PB Heat recalled 1200 gas boilers in 2008. The boilers may have had a defective switch that posed a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The company is based in Bally, Pennsylvania.

Recent National Product Recalls

In 2010, national companies issued recalls and settled lawsuits for defective products including—

  • Medical devices. DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recalled two hip replacements systems which affected up to 93,000 patients.
  • Prescription drugs. Merck & Co. paid nearly $5 billion to the families of people who died after taking the pain reliever Vioxx.
  • Toys. Fisher Price recalled nearly seven million tricycles after several incidents of toddlers being injured on the pretend ignition key.

Intended Use Doctrine

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has established that product liability lawsuits be filed only if the product was being used as intended by the manufacturer. This is a tough legal position which limits the legal recourse of people who misunderstand a product’s instructions, as well as innocent bystanders who are hurt while someone else is using the product. BRBS can determine whether you have a strict liability claim under the intended use doctrine. If not, you still may be able to pursue a warranty claim and punitive damages.

Get Help With Your Product Liability Lawsuit

Manufacturers of consumer goods have a legal responsibility to ensure that their products are safe when used as intended. The Pennsylvania law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler is ready to evaluate your product liability case. Call us today to speak with one of our product liability lawyers at 215-268-7639 or contact the firm for a free consultation.

Toxic Torts

Illnesses Due to Environmental Contamination

The law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler (BRBS) has extensive experience litigating toxic torts. These are injuries and illnesses caused by exposure to dangerous chemicals and other materials, and they can occur in the home or the workplace. Our firm places a special emphasis on mesothelioma, a deadly condition caused by asbestos exposure. BRBS also helps people get compensated for illnesses caused by other instances of toxic chemical poisoning.

Benzene Exposure in Refinery Workers

Benzene was commonly used for many years as an ingredient in consumer products including solvents, glues, paints, and especially gasoline. However, the chemical is now known to cause at least three types of cancer:

  • Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)

Most of the victims of benzene exposure have been refinery workers, but consumers had also been injured by using products containing the chemical. BRBS helps people get compensation for illnesses due to benzene exposure.

Toxic Encephalopathy in Railroad Workers

A group of chemicals called hydrocarbons (aromatic and chlorinated) are responsible for toxic encephalopathy, a mentally crippling disease. Hydrocarbons are prevalent in the railroad industry, and many railroad workers sustain years of exposure to these poisonous chemicals. Our firm seeks damages for rail workers who have been stricken with toxic encephalopathy.

Vinyl Chloride Exposure in Factory Workers

Most plastics are made with a vinyl chloride. It was popular for many uses in the automobile and construction industries, and was even used in consumer products including hairspray, glue, and paint. However, the chemical is now known to cause liver disease and brain cancer. BRBS represents people seeking compensation for illnesses contracted from the use of vinyl chloride.

Lead Poisoning in Children

Although lead was banned from use in household paint in the United States in the 1970’s, it continues to pose a hazard to children. Lead-based paint chips and dust are often trapped behind walls and baseboards, emerging years later. Imported toys may still use lead paint. Children who innocently consume this material are at risk of lead poisoning, which leads to a range of health problems from digestive disorders to mental retardation. Our Pennsylvania toxic tort lawyers work with families to achieve compensation for illnesses caused by lead paint exposure.

Get Legal Advice When You Are Exposed to a Toxic Substance

You may have the right to compensation when you have been injured by dangerous substances in your work environment or even your home. The law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler is ready to evaluate your toxic tort case. Contact the firm for a free consultation.

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