Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits in Johnstown

Mesothelioma is a very serious illness that almost exclusively develops after asbestos exposure. If you or your loved one is diagnosed with mesothelioma, you will probably feel overwhelmed and confused. You might not know where to turn for advice.

Fortunately, the dedicated legal professionals at The Halpern Law Firm can answer your questions and help you understand your legal rights and options. An attorney at our firm can help you determine if you are eligible to file a mesothelioma and asbestos lawsuit in Johnstown and where you can seek fair compensation for the losses resulting from your asbestos exposure.

What Are Mesothelioma and Abestos?

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that develops in and attacks the mesothelium or protective lining of the lungs, stomach, heart, or testicles. Over time, mesothelioma impairs the functioning of the affected organ. Mesothelioma most commonly originates from exposure to asbestos and can take many years to develop. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Difficulty breathing

Most patients do not begin experiencing symptoms until 20 to 50 years after their initial exposure to asbestos.

Although victims must file most personal injury lawsuits in Pennsylvania within two years after they have experienced loss, asbestos claims are not subject to that two-year limitation because most patients are unaware they have mesothelioma within that time. Instead, patients generally have two years from the date when they receive their diagnosis to file a claim. Contacting our experienced legal team after discovering your illness can give a patient the best chance of a successful mesothelioma claim.

Who Is At Risk of Developing Mesothelioma?

Anyone who works or worked in an industry where they experienced exposure to asbestos is at heightened risk of developing mesothelioma. In the past, asbestos was commonly used in many products. Because it is fire retardant, many construction materials used asbestos, including insulation, roofing shingles, vinyl flooring, and adhesives. Additionally, asbestos was also regularly used in automotive parts, such as brakes, pipes, clutches, and furnaces.

Consequently, people who worked in industries where they were regularly around asbestos-related products are more likely to develop mesothelioma. Although this is not a complete list, the types of workers most at risk are:

  • Welders
  • Insulators
  • Pipefitters
  • Firefighters
  • Electricians
  • Ironworkers
  • Boilermakers
  • Oil rig workers
  • Railroad workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Machine operators
  • Automotive mechanics
  • Military service personnel
  • Construction workers—in particular, roofers, drywallers, and carpenters

Because asbestos can cling to a person’s clothing or skin, coworkers and family members of workers are also at elevated risk due to secondary exposure. Our hardworking legal team at The Halpern Law Firm can investigate a patient’s work and living history to determine where they might have experienced exposure to asbestos.

Contact a Johnstown Lawyer About Filing a Mesothelioma and Asbestos Claim

Patients who develop mesothelioma deserve a chance to seek compensation for what they have experienced. Our dedicated legal team at The Halpern Law Firm can help you pursue mesothelioma and asbestos lawsuits in Johnstown against the manufacturers and employers who exposed you to asbestos.

Choose the legal team with extensive experience in Johnston mesothelioma cases.  We understand you are facing a hard time, so let our seasoned attorneys work hard to make things easier for you and your family. Call our team at 800-505-6000 to schedule an initial free consultation to learn how we can help.

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