Advocating For Mesothelioma Victims
Exposure to asbestos causes the deadly form of cancer to the lining of the internal organs known as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is rare, diagnosed in less than 3000 patients per year in the United States. Mesothelioma is 100 percent fatal because symptoms may not develop for 20 to 40 years after asbestos exposure. By then, it is too late. Mesothelioma is incurable. The life expectancy of someone diagnosed with mesothelioma is less than 2 years.
Asbestos Exposure at Work
Industrial laborers were widely subjected to asbestos exposure on the job, as the material was widely used throughout the 20th century. Most workers did not know they were being exposed to asbestos, but many manufacturers were aware the material was hazardous.
In Western Pennsylvania we have seen many diagnosed cases of mesothelioma because asbestos was widely used in the steel industry, prior to federal regulations. People who worked in the steel mills prior to the 1980s should be aware that they may have been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos was used in the protective clothing of steel workers. Asbestos was considered the ideal material to protect steel workers from the heat and fire dangers involved in the production of steel. In addition, asbestos insulation and other asbestos-containing materials were widely used in the buildings at steel factories.
Today, most power plants across the nation have conducted asbestos abatement programs, covering asbestos that could not be removed. However prior to federal regulations, power companies across the country and in Western Pennsylvania used asbestos extensively in their power plants. The hazardous mineral was used to insulate pipes and conduits and was used for gaskets and other equipment parts.
Aging asbestos can become friable, releasing toxic dust. People who worked in Pittsburgh area power plants prior to the 1980s were likely exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos has not been entirely eliminated in industrial situations. Today the safety regulations for working with this hazardous material are extremely strict and provide much greater protection for workers than ever before; however, workers in industries where asbestos is still used should make sure that proper safety measures are being taken.
If you have developed mesothelioma or if someone you love has died of the disease, you should know that you may be entitled to financial compensation from those who were responsible for the exposure to this life-threatening hazard.
At Conlon Tarker, P.C., we believe in performance, not promises. If you require experienced legal assistance in the handling of mesothelioma case, contact our law firm today. We offer free consultations and do not collect a fee unless you are compensated for you and your family. Call 888.312.5366 or 724.602.4317. Our mesothelioma lawyers are uniquely qualified to prepare, try, and defend your case, providing you and your family with piece of mind and always treating you with compassion.