Erie, Pennsylvania has a long history with manufacturing, steel and iron, railroads, and other industries that used asbestos. Erie mesothelioma lawyer Dave Halpern works with people who suffered exposure to asbestos in the area. Many of these workers later developed deadly mesothelioma and other illnesses.
For more information, please visit our Meet Dave Halpern page. He has more than 30 years of experience representing Pennsylvania residents and workers exposed to asbestos. Contact us through our Free Consultation form or call us at (800) 769-2027 to get in touch with Dave Halpern.
What Does an Erie Mesothelioma Lawyer Do?
Erie mesothelioma lawyers specialize in representing and advising people in and around Erie who have been exposed to asbestos. They also work with the families of deceased victims of asbestos exposure. Many of their clients have mesothelioma, symptoms of the illness, or other illnesses related to asbestos.
Who Needs an Erie Mesothelioma Lawyer?
Anyone who worked or lived in the Erie area and has been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with an asbestos illness can benefit from a mesothelioma lawyer. If you or a loved one has any symptoms of illness and know or suspect you worked with or around asbestos, contact a lawyer.
Several types of workplaces and jobs put people at particular risk of being exposed to asbestos and developing mesothelioma. If you worked in any of these industries or jobs, consult with a lawyer about your risks and what you can do about past asbestos exposure.
- Auto mechanics and auto parts manufacturing
- Boiler workers
- Construction jobs of all types, including demolition
- Manufacturing plants and factories
- Metal workers of all types
- Power plants
- Railroads and factories that made railroad and train components
- Steel mills
You may not be sure where or how you experienced asbestos exposure. Don’t let this stop you from talking to a lawyer. Experienced Erie mesothelioma lawyers have resources for tracking down sources of asbestos. They can help you find out if you were exposed, and if so, where and when.
Where is Asbestos Found in Erie?
Erie’s industrial economy is not as extensive as it was in the past. Decades ago, many companies made plastics, paper, metal products, steel, aluminum, and much more.
Most of these industrial workplaces used asbestos and put workers at risk of exposure. These are just a few examples:
- Cascade Foundry Company
- Erie City Iron Works
- Erie Coke Corporation
- Erie Concrete and Steel Company
- Erie Forge Company
- Erie Foundry Company
- Erie Malleable Iron Works
- Erie Plastics Company
- General Electric Transportation Systems
- Hammermill Paper
- Interlake Iron Company
- K & L Refractory Service
- Norfolk and Western Railroad
- Oldman Boiler Works
- Pennsylvania Railroad
- Pennsylvania Rubber Company
- Penn Brass and Copper
- Perry Iron Company
- Union Iron Works
If you lived near one of these companies but didn’t work there, you could also have been exposed. Asbestos fibers often get into the air, contaminating the area around industrial facilities.
Another potential source of exposure in Erie is an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site, the Gerald Cohen Property. The EPA has since cleaned up the site, and the city redeveloped it into a park. Before that, A-1 Auto used it for scrap metal and parts. Brakes and clutches once contained asbestos, so it is likely the site also contained the harmful mineral before it was contained.
Also abandoned is the Erie Coke Corporation site. While not listed as a Superfund, the EPA has been involved in helping the community remove hazardous substances. Many asbestos materials have been found there, including bricks, refractory materials, transformers, and boilers. Sites like these put nearby residents at risk of exposure.
Can I Also Be Exposed to Asbestos in Older Buildings in Erie?
Older buildings in Erie pose a risk because of past asbestos use in construction materials. It can be found in siding, insulation, roofing materials, flooring, wallboard, and more. Renovations in older homes pose a risk, as does decaying or damaged asbestos materials left unrepaired.
Homes are not the only source of asbestos. Many public buildings in the city put people at risk, particularly school buildings. Most recently, the city made plans to demolish Roosevelt school. This included a costly asbestos removal before demolition.
What Should I Look for in an Erie Mesothelioma Lawyer?
It’s not difficult to find law firms advertising asbestos services, but not all are the same. There are important things to look for in any lawyer you choose to work with on your mesothelioma case:
- Experience working in the Erie area
- Admittance to the bar in Pennsylvania
- Extensive knowledge of asbestos use in the state
- Experience working with clients struggling with mesothelioma
- A main, or complete, practice focus on asbestos
- Verifiable past wins for similar clients
- Experience both settling with defendants and litigating in court
- The time and resources to take on your case
- Fees you can afford
If you or a loved one in Erie has been exposed to asbestos and are now sick, complete our Free Consultation form to get in touch with Dave Halpern. He has been helping asbestos victims in the state for more than three decades. He can answer all your questions and give you legal options.
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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.