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Philadelphia Asbestos Lawyers Explain Mesothelioma Laws

Mesothelioma laws at the national level give rights to mesothelioma victims and their families to seek compensation. Several forms of mesothelioma may develop as a result of exposure to asbestos, usually inhaled at the workplace or in the home. Mesothelioma is a cancer that can affect proper functioning of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma), and the heart (pericardial mesothelioma).

Millions of workers are exposed to asbestos on the job every year. Employees in the following industries may be at risk for increased exposure:

  • Construction
  • Railroad
  • Chemical
  • Automotive
  • Shipyard
  • Petroleum

Controlling Asbestos Exposure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) put a body of mesothelioma laws in place that requires employers to adhere to certain levels of asbestos exposure. The mesothelioma laws mandate an employee cannot be exposed to levels of asbestos that exceed 0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter (f/cc) during an eight hour work day or one f/cc in any given thirty-minute period.

Other OSHA mesothelioma laws dictate that employers must:

  • Conduct exposure monitoring
  • Create regulated work areas
  • Provide adequate respiratory protection
  • Provide clothing protection
  • Provide hygiene facilities
  • Ensure proper training for people who
    work with asbestos

Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Mesothelioma laws allow mesothelioma victims and their families damaged by another’s negligence and defective, unsafe products to seek compensation for their losses. Victims of mesothelioma are plaintiffs. Those held accountable for negligence and defective products in a mesothelioma lawsuit are the defendants and may include:

  • Employers
  • Asbestos manufacturers
  • Asbestos installers and contractors
  • Asbestos suppliers and distributors
  • Landowners

The law grants the right to file a mesothelioma lawsuit to claim damages for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of spousal services
  • Wrongful death
  • Punitive damages
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income and
    future earning capacity

Mesothelioma laws and bringing a mesothelioma lawsuit can be complex. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a form of mesothelioma, you deserve to seek compensation by law. The experienced mesothelioma law attorneys at the Shein Law can explain your rights, your options, and recommend a course of action that is right for you. They are also prepared to fight for your rights against defendants and in court.  Contact Shein Law online or call 1-877-SHEINLAW (743-4652).