Pennsylvania is one of the highest-ranking states in the nation for mesothelioma deaths. Mesothelioma is a disease that results from long-term exposure to asbestos. While asbestos is now strictly regulated and regarded as a dangerous substance, it was used extensively throughout Pennsylvania industry from 1930 through 1970 because of its remarkable insulating and heat-resistant properties. Common Pennsylvania work-sites that handled asbestos or asbestos-laden products include the following:
If asbestos fibers are inhaled over time, they can cause a buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs called asbestosis, as well as mesothelioma and other cancerous diseases. When asbestos use was prevalent, many workers were unaware that the airborne asbestos fibers posed a serious threat to their health.
The sad truth about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure is that asbestos-related diseases are preventable when workers use appropriate safety equipment. Unfortunately, employers often failed to provide safe working conditions and safety equipment for their workers. In cases of asbestos exposure before 1970, some employers actually knew of the dangers of asbestos exposure but deliberately disregarded worker safety and failed to take precautions in favor of productivity.
After the 1970s, a flood of lawsuits and overwhelming medical evidence contributed to the enactment and enforcement of many strict safety regulations. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strictly enforce asbestos safety regulations to protect workers and the environment.
In some cases, the spouses of Pennsylvania workers were also affected through secondary exposure to asbestos fibers carried home from the work-site on clothing, hair, and skin. Also, since asbestos was widely used in home construction between 1930 and 1970, some unsuspecting victims suffered long-term exposure to the hazardous substance right in their own homes.
At Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler (BRBS), our mesothelioma lawyers in Pennsylvania can help you file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against former employers, manufacturers, or other parties responsible for your asbestos exposure.
Your BRBS mesothelioma lawyer in Pennsylvania can review your work history to identify the work-site product, or other culprit of your asbestos exposure. Surviving family members can also file wrongful death claims if loved ones died from asbestos-related diseases.
If you are looking for a mesothelioma attorney in Pennsylvania or New Jersey to help you file a claim or lawsuit for an asbestos-related disease, please call our office at 215-569-4000 or fill out our online contact form for help in securing the financial settlement you deserve.