Allentown mesothelioma lawyer Dave Halpern has more than 30 years of experience helping victims of asbestos exposure in the area. Allentown has a long industrial history, which has contributed to exposure and asbestos-related illness in residents.
Learn more about Dave Halpern and what he can do to help you and your family by visiting our Meet Dave Halpern page. If you or a family member has been harmed by asbestos, use our Free Consultation form or call us at (800) 769-2027. We can connect you with Dave Halpern to get all your questions answered.
What is an Allentown Mesothelioma Lawyer?
Mesothelioma lawyers advise and represent victims of asbestos exposure and their families. They work with clients who have been exposed to asbestos and developed symptoms or illnesses as a result.
They also work with those whose loved ones died from asbestos exposure. Allentown mesothelioma lawyers like Dave Halpern know the area and where and how asbestos has impacted residents.
How Do I Know I Need an Allentown Mesothelioma Lawyer?
Reputable mesothelioma lawyers offer free initial consultations, so don’t hesitate to contact someone to answer your questions. Generally, you need a lawyer if you live or work in the Allentown area and are in one of these situations:
- You know or suspect you worked in a facility that used asbestos.
- You suspect your current workplace has asbestos and that you could be exposed to it.
- You worked around asbestos and now have troubling symptoms.
- You received a diagnosis of mesothelioma, even if you don’t know whether you have been exposed to asbestos.
- A family member died from an asbestos-related illness.
What Can an Allentown Mesothelioma Lawyer Do to Help Me?
A mesothelioma lawyer is a valuable ally and advocate for anyone harmed by asbestos. The right attorney can do several things to help you and your family:
- Explain your legal rights and options
- Provide information about asbestos in the Allentown area
- Investigate to determine where and when you suffered asbestos exposure
- Advise you on what to do if you believe your current employer is exposing you to asbestos
- Provide medical experts in the area who can connect your symptoms or illness to past asbestos exposure
- Connect you to medical professionals who can provide specialized mesothelioma care
- Find an asbestos trust that applies to your situation and help you file a claim
- Start a lawsuit against the companies responsible for your exposure
- Negotiate a fair settlement
- Litigate in court to get a favorable verdict if settlement negotiations fail
Where is Asbestos Found in Allentown?
Eastern Pennsylvania has several natural deposits of asbestos, some of which were mined in the past. Coal mines and quarries in the area may also have asbestos, which can lead to exposure in workers. Asbestos mines no longer operate in the area, but stone quarries have recently raised issues of exposure.
A quarry in nearby East Rockhill Township suspended operations in 2020 after concerns of asbestos in the rocks. Officials in the state and local area shut down the quarry because the crushing of rocks releases asbestos fibers into the air.
Natural deposits may trigger exposure, but most people exposed to asbestos encountered it on the job. Allentown has long had an industrial economy. While many steel mills and manufacturing plants shut down, past exposures and asbestos remaining in facilities still operating today can lead to mesothelioma.
Just some of the workplaces in and around Allentown known to have used asbestos include:
- Allentown Portland Cement Company
- Allentown-Bethlehem Gas Company
- American Steel and Wire Company
- Bethlehem Steel
- Bethlehem Shipyard
- Bonney Forge and Tool
- Eastern Industrial Insulation
- International Motor Company
- Lehigh Valley Railroad Company
- Lehigh Portland Cement Company
- Western Electric Company
How Else Could I Be Exposed to Asbestos in Allentown?
You may never have worked in an industrial job in Allentown or in another risky industry. Your risk is lower than those workers, but you still could have been exposed. Allentown has plenty of older buildings constructed with asbestos that have caused exposure over the years:
- Allentown School District. Asbestos in school buildings is an issue throughout the state. The governor has proposed spending a billion dollars to remedy the problem. The Allentown School District has reported asbestos in buildings and hopes to access the funds for remediation.
- Municipal buildings. Some of the older city buildings in Allentown also contain asbestos. In January 2021, the city finally addressed asbestos in a municipal annex and is paying for remediation.
- Allentown State Hospital. The closed psychiatric facility was slated to be demolished before the 2020 pandemic. The project is back on track in 2021 but requires extensive asbestos removal before workers can complete it.
These are just a few examples of older buildings in Allentown know to have asbestos. Older homes may also cause exposure when homeowners do renovation projects without consulting asbestos professionals.
What Jobs in Allentown Are Most Likely to Cause Asbestos Exposure?
Allentown is historically an industrial city. These are the kinds of jobs that are most likely to cause asbestos exposure because they used the material heavily in the past. Some still use it today or contain asbestos in older materials.
Some of the jobs that could have put you at risk for exposure in the past and that may still be risky today include:
- Auto mechanics
- Boiler workers
- Chemical plant workers
- Construction workers
- Firefighters and first responders
- HVAC technicians and installers
- Insulation installers
- Power plant and refinery technicians
- Public school teachers
- Railroad workers
- Shipyard workers
- Steel mill workers
- Workers on ships, including U.S. Navy veterans
How Do I Find an Allentown Mesothelioma Lawyer?
Please fill out our Free Initial Consultation form to get connected with Dave Halpern. He is an experienced attorney who has spent decades working with asbestos victims in Pennsylvania. He knows the area, where and how asbestos has been used, and how to help clients get justice and recover damages.
Page Reviewed and Edited by
Dave Halpern, Mesothelioma Attorney
Dave Halpern is a Pennsylvania and New Jersey mesothelioma attorney with over 30 years of experience. He has investigated hundreds of cases and won numerous multimillion dollar settlements and verdicts for asbestos victims. Dave prides himself on working tirelessly to help his clients in their time of need.
- https://www.wlvr.org/2020/02/allentown-schools-struggle-to-pay-for-lead-and-asbestos-cleanup/ – .YD6Z8mhKiUk