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Why Asbestos Exposure Is a Reason You Need to Meet with an Attorney

There are about eleven million individual who had exposure to asbestos between the year 1940 and the year 1978, says the ‘National Institutes of Health’. It is sad to say, but the industrial history of Pennsylvania shows that many of these people were exposed here in communities and neighborhoods. Pennsylvania is the #3 state in the cases of asbestos exposure. This exposure is not limited to worker, as spouses and children might have been exposed from fibers attaching to work clothes or any outerwear.

Industrial center

As a center of industrial jobs in Pennsylvania, Harrisburg has a history of thousands of asbestos exposures. Workers and their families have breathed in fiber of asbestos in plants and factories throughout the city, leaving almost an entire generation defenseless to Mesothelioma. Additionally, asbestos exposure does increase the chances of developing lung cancer which is a diagnosis that has impacted more than 200,000 individual each year. Another 1600 to 2100 individuals are diagnosed with Mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos every year. If you or a member of your family has a work history of being around asbestos and you have been diagnosed with cancer of the lungs or Mesothelioma it is vital that you contact a Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Lawyer.

Required by law

Those companies who have this danger in the workplace are required by law to notify their employees of this danger. But millions of these workers were not notified about this danger where they worked. Since millions of workers were never told about this danger of exposure to asbestos until it was too late, their employers are at fault legally for this fatal and aggressive cancer that advanced because of this asbestos. These attorneys have been holding many of these companies at fault for decades, fighting in court for justice for these victims and their families.  This is when it is vital to contact Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Law Firm.

20 to 40 years

It often takes from 20 to 40 years before an exposed person will have the symptoms of Mesothelioma. The fibers of asbestos embed deep into the lung tissue or torso, slowly causing growth of abnormal tissue for decades until a routine check-up reveals these tumors. 90% of Mesothelioma patients die within five years of the diagnosis since once discovered, it is in most case too late.

No cure

There is not a cure for Mesothelioma. Due to this as well as the severe medical costs and need for justice that is caused by Mesothelioma, about 20 billion in trusts have already been ordered to be set aside for these victims and their families, paid by at-fault companies.  Each individual wrongfully exposed to asbestos by employer or a loved one’s employer canhave access to some portion of these trusts.

Statute of limitations

This is important – Pennsylvania has a very strict ‘statute of limitations’. An individual has only 2 years from the date of diagnosis or the date of death to file a lawsuit for asbestos exposure. For this reason, you must visit with an attorney as soon as you are diagnosed, or your family must meet with your attorney after your death.