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.
Our successful mesothelioma and asbestos cases include the following:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 firm. Mesothelioma 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.
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:
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.
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.
| Laurence H. Brown
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|
|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
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
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
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
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
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.
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| Paul J. Riley
|Born:||Danbury, Connecticut, January 6, 1962|
|College:||Temple University, BA, 1983|
|Law School:||Delaware Law School, JD, cum laude, 1988|
|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
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).|
|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. SandlerMember
Phone: 888-740-0925 or 215-268-7639
|College:||Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1976|
|Law School:||Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1979|
|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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
Other less common risk factors for mesothelioma:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Mechanics: Before 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 Workers: Workers 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.
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.
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.
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.
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—
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.
No-fault auto accident insurance does not provide compensation for non-economic losses, such as—
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.
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.
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—
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.
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—
Serious injuries are common at industrial workplaces, including—
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.
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.
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.
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.
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—
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—
When you are hurt on someone else’s property, let our experienced Pennsylvania accident lawyers determine if you have a valid premises liability claim.
We help businesses resolve conflicts through negotiation when possible and litigation when necessary. Contact us for assistance with business disputes and controversies such as—
The commercial lawyers at BRBS handle your dispute cleanly and efficiently so you can go about managing your business without undue concern.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
In 2010, national companies issued recalls and settled lawsuits for defective products including—
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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