Approximately 3,500 people per year suffer from mesothelioma, a form of cancer that attacks the internal linings of the lungs. The principal cause of the disease is asbestos exposure. The majority of individuals who have been exposed to asbestos encountered the asbestos mineral while working, where there were often inadequate safety precautions.
Asbestos has been used in countless industrial products including ceiling and floor tiles, cement, paper products, roofing shingles, auto brakes and packaging materials. There is a latency period of up to 50 years between the initial asbestos exposure period and the actual diagnosis of cancer.
At greatest risk are individuals, commonly older gentlemen, who were employed in steel mills, factories, shipyards and other plants. Also, people who worked with brake linings, floor tiles or fireproof mitts may be at risk.
Currently, there is nearly $30 billion in asbestos trust funds, set up for those individuals who have been diagnosed with asbestos related illness.
Sadly, mesothelioma is deadly. The average survival time from the date of diagnoses is approximately one year. Unfortunately, many actions are brought as wrongful death cases on behalf of the surviving family.
The asbestos attorneys at Lichtman & Associates handle cases throughout the entire state ofPennsylvania through our offices in Allentown, Philadelphia, State College, Pittsburgh, Scranton, andHarrisburg. Cases are dealt with on a contingency basis, meaning you will not pay unless you are financially compensated.
Time is of the essence when dealing with mesothelioma. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any form of lung cancer or mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, please contact an asbestos attorney at Lichtman & Associates.