Ambler Mesothelioma Lawyers
Ambler, Pennsylvania, has been called “the asbestos capital of the world” due to its legacy of asbestos plants and manufacturing companies. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported that mesothelioma is diagnosed over three times more often in Ambler residents than in other Pennsylvanians. The higher rates are attributed to generations of exposure to asbestos in Ambler factories. Contamination remains an issue in Ambler, especially in the 25-acre area known as the “White Mountains of Ambler,” a dumping ground for more than 1.5 million cubic yards of asbestos waste.
Our Ambler mesothelioma lawyers at Shein Law are top-rated in the region. For over 35 years, we have focused on asbestos law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, which gives us unique knowledge of the worksites with the highest risk of asbestos exposure. Our extensive knowledge of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related disease cases has allowed us to recover millions for our clients.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Asbestos products were popular for multiple applications because of their heat and chemical resistance. Asbestos was also included in many products as a filler or binder in structures built in or before the 1970s. Unfortunately, many people were exposed to asbestos decades before its dangers were made known to the public by the companies that manufactured, distributed, and supplied asbestos.
Asbestos was used in many products, including:
- Roofing, ceiling, and tiling materials
- Automobile brake pads and clutches
- Insulation and siding
- Gaskets and Packing
- Pipe insulation
- Drywall and joint compound
- Equipment such as pumps and valves
What Are the Dangers of Asbestos Exposure?
People can be exposed to asbestos in their workplaces, homes, or communities. When products or materials containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers are released, posing significant health hazards. When airborne asbestos fibers are breathed in, it can lead to mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer. Symptoms of asbestos-related diseases may not develop until 10 to 60 years after exposure, including shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, weight loss, and fatigue.
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an incurable and aggressive cancer that affects the thin membrane protecting several vital organs, including the lungs, abdomen, and heart. Available treatment options for mesothelioma may extend life expectancy, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy. There are approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in the United States every year.
What Industries Have the Highest Risk of Asbestos Exposure?
Certain occupations have an increased likelihood of asbestos exposure and a high rate of mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. These workers have the highest risk of asbestos exposure:
- Construction workers
- Shipyard workers
- Power plant employees
- Railroad workers
- Industrial workers
- Auto mechanics
- Utility workers
- Refinery and steel workers
- Miners and foundry workers
- Maintenance workers
- Chemical and pharmaceutical workers
How Do I Know if I Have an Asbestos Case?
You may have a valid claim for damages if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer. This may be the case even if the asbestos exposure occurred years or decades ago.
Who Is Liable in My Asbestos Case?
Determining who is liable for asbestos exposure can be complicated without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. More than one party can be responsible, including mining companies, manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers of asbestos and related products, employers who use asbestos-containing products, and owners of asbestos-contaminated properties.
Typically, there is more than one defendant in an asbestos lawsuit. A mesothelioma lawyer can help identify the negligent parties, gather evidence, and present the case against each defendant.
What Damages Can I Recover in an Asbestos Case?
If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer, you may be able to recover compensatory damages for:
- Current and ongoing medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Pain and suffering
Many manufacturers of asbestos-containing products have filed for bankruptcy due to the number of asbestos lawsuits against them. Asbestos companies declaring bankruptcy must set aside money in asbestos trust funds to compensate current and future victims. An estimated $30 billion is available in these trusts from over 100 companies, leaving money for future claimants diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.
How Long Do I Have to File an Asbestos Lawsuit?
In general, the statute of limitations for filing an asbestos lawsuit in Pennsylvania and New Jersey is two years from the date of discovery of the asbestos-related disease, usually the date of diagnosis of an asbestos disease. Because mesothelioma and asbestos trust funds are established under federal bankruptcy law, the statute of limitations for bankruptcy claims may depend on several factors. A knowledgeable mesothelioma lawyer can help.
How Can Shein Law Help With My Asbestos Case?
At Shein Law, we strive to provide unparalleled legal guidance to our injured clients and their families. We have recovered over $750 million in compensation for our clients in our area alone.
Our Ambler mesothelioma lawyers can do the following:
- Identify all potential defendants.
- Investigate the case and gather evidence.
- File claims with the appropriate court.
- Settle through negotiations or take the case to trial.
- Recover full and fair compensation.
Ambler Mesothelioma Lawyers at Shein Law Fight for Maximum Compensation for Asbestos Victims and Their Families
Our Ambler mesothelioma lawyers at Shein Law are top-rated in the region for their advocacy and knowledge of asbestos law. Our dedicated attorneys can help you obtain justice if you or a family member is diagnosed with an asbestos disease. Call 877-743-4652 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation. Located in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.