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Mesothelioma Lawyers Pennsylvania

Map of asbestosis and mesothelioma deaths in PennsylvaniaPennsylvania is the fourth highest state in the nation in the number of deaths due to asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. Between 1979 through 2001, over 3000 people in Pennsylvania died from asbestos-related diseases. Four Pennsylvania counties are in the top twenty for asbestos-related deaths in the United States, including Philadelphia, Delaware, Allegheny and Montgomery. Because asbestos takes years or even decades to affect the body and patients do not typically demonstrate symptoms of an asbestos-related illness for many years, it is likely that a high number of asbestos-related deaths will continue to occur in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has a statute of limitation for asbestos claim filing of two years from the date the asbestos-related disease is discovered. Pennsylvania follows the “separate disease” rule, so a plaintiff can bring a lawsuit for each separate disease caused by exposure to asbestos or asbestos-containing products This is important, since a plaintiff may be diagnosed with lung cancer or asbestosis and then years later also be diagnosed with mesothelioma. We strongly urge anyone diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease or an heir, if that person has passed away, to contact a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible to determine if an asbestos-related lawsuit is appropriate.

If you or someone close to you has mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in Pennsylvania, attorneys Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason can help. Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason are mesothelioma attorneys with over 30 years of experience. We can explain your legal rights and help you understand what to expect from a mesothelioma lawsuit. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlement compensation for mesothelioma patients and their families. We provide a free mesothelioma case evaluation, and there is no up front cost for our services.

Asbestos Exposure in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has a long history of mining and steel manufacturing, and it is home to many power plants and oil refineries. All are known high-risk industries for asbestos exposure due to their use of products containing asbestos. The state has many beautiful, historical buildings as well. Most public buildings constructed prior to 1980 incorporated asbestos-containing materials to help prevent fires. Before its dangers were widely known, asbestos was commonly used in shingles, flooring, pipefittings and even HVAC systems.

Steel mills have operated for generations in the cities of Pittsburgh, Clairton and Morristown. Making steel involves using a tremendous amount of heat and flame. Due to its insulating and fire-retardant qualities, steel mills used asbestos to line and protect equipment exposed to high temperatures. Many workers wore clothing made from asbestos for protection. Furnace and smelter operators were particularly at risk of asbestos exposure, since they worked directly with heated materials. Many other steel plant workers may have come in contact with asbestos-containing materials as well, including machine setters, welders, millwrights, pourers and casters.

Oil refinery workers were also at high risk of asbestos exposure. Prior to the late 1970s, asbestos was used widely to insulate many pieces of equipment that operated at hot temperatures inside oil refineries. This equipment included furnaces, tanks, boilers, ovens, heat exchangers and pumps. Those workers who repaired and maintained the asbestos insulation used in this equipment were especially prone to asbestos fiber inhalation. Some workers wore protective clothing woven from asbestos fibers to protect them from tremendous levels of heat. This clothing may have put them into direct contact with dangerous asbestos fibers.

Until 1993, the W.R. Grace Corporation shipped almost 425,000 tons of contaminated vermiculite ore from Libby, Montana to its processing plant in New Castle, Pennsylvania. The vermiculite was contaminated with asbestos, and was used to make insulation and gardening products. Similar processing operations were located in Philadelphia and Lancaster. Not only were the workers in the processing plants at risk, but members of the surrounding community might have come into contact with asbestos as well.

If you worked in any of these industries, companies and/or jobsites in Pennsylvania, there is a possibility that you were exposed to harmful asbestos. If you need sound legal advice or representation, contact mesothelioma lawyers Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason.

  • Steel Mills
  • Oil Refineries
  • Power Plants
  • Any W.R. Grace Corporation Vermiculite Processing Plant

Our Attorneys Can Help Victims of Mesothelioma in Pennsylvania

If you or members of your family have been affected by asbestos cancer in Pennsylvania or any state in the U.S., contact Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason. Our mesothelioma attorneys are experts in mesothelioma lawsuits. We have over thirty years of success providing mesothelioma legal representation to clients across the United States. We will provide a free case evaluation and can fly to Pennsylvania to meet with you in person. There is no up front cost to you for our services.

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