An Upper Darby Mesothelioma lawyer is a necessary ally in your fight against the companies that exposed you to asbestos. Dave Halpern has been working on behalf of asbestos victims in Pennsylvania for over 30 years and can help you and your family.
Visit our Meet Dave Halpern page to learn more about his work, experience, and examples of successful outcomes for clients. Use our Free Consultation form or call us at (800) 769-2027 to contact Dave Halpern and get advice and information before you decide what legal steps to take.
What is an Upper Darby Mesothelioma Lawyer?
Upper Darby mesothelioma lawyers are attorneys specializing in asbestos exposure and resulting illnesses. These include mesothelioma, asbestosis, and some types of lung cancer.
A mesothelioma lawyer has expertise in the local industries that used asbestos and how asbestos impacts health.
If you or a loved one living in or around Upper Darby have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the right lawyer can help you in several ways:
- Tracking down how, where, and when you experience asbestos exposure
- Connecting that exposure to your symptoms or diagnosis
- Finding and contacting asbestos trusts to make a claim for compensation
- Assisting with veteran benefits when appropriate
- Starting a lawsuit against the companies responsible for the exposure
- Negotiating a settlement for compensation
- Litigating in court for a favorable verdict
- Helping you recover damages to pay for medical and other expenses
- Explaining all of your legal options and rights
Who Needs an Upper Darby Mesothelioma Lawyer?
If you have any questions or concerns about asbestos exposure in the area, you need to contact an Upper Darby mesothelioma lawyer. Get a free initial consultation to ask questions and get advice on your options and what to do next.
You do not need to have a mesothelioma diagnosis to benefit from an expert asbestos lawyer. You should talk to someone if you:
- Think you were exposed to asbestos at your past job but aren’t certain
- Know you were exposed but can’t prove it
- Believe your current workplace has asbestos and your employer isn’t protecting workers
- Have symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses
- Received a diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease
- Tried to make a claim with an asbestos trust but received a denial
- Received a denial of asbestos-related benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs
If you have any concerns about asbestos in your past or in your current job or home, don’t hesitate to reach out to an Upper Darby mesothelioma lawyer.
Where is Asbestos Found in Upper Darby?
Delaware County has a long history of industry. Many mills, manufacturing plants, railroad companies, and shipbuilding companies used asbestos. Today, sources of asbestos are more limited but include abandoned and contaminated sites as well as older buildings:
- Smedley’s Asbestos Mine
Southeastern Pennsylvania has several natural deposits of asbestos. One of them was mined in the past but no longer operates. These deposits pose a risk to residents and workers in the area. Development of the land, or even mining other materials, like coal, can stir up asbestos fibers, contaminating air, soil, and water.
- Austin Avenue Radiation Site
This Environmental Protection Agency listed Superfund site covers a wide area, including parts of Upper Darby. The W.L. Cummings Radium Processing Company contaminated the area with radioactive waste but also asbestos. The EPA’s cleanup of the site is complete.
- Older Buildings
In a city like Upper Darby, older buildings, both residential and public, pose a risk to residents and workers. Building materials once contained asbestos in everything from insulation to wallboard and siding. A recent example of this ongoing problem is Saint Laurence Church. Extensive asbestos was found in the ceiling’s acoustic tiles. The tiles were deteriorating and falling, posing a major risk to parishioners.
Where Did People Get Exposed to Asbestos in the Past?
In addition to the natural deposits, the mine, and the construction of older buildings, several industrial workplaces used asbestos. Upper Darby and Delaware County shifted from a farming community to an industrial center in the mid-1800s.
Delaware County ranks fourth in Pennsylvania for the number of asbestos-related deaths, most likely because of its industrial past.
The number of industries in the area grew rapidly and included textile mills, manufacturing plants, railroads, and more. Some of the companies in Upper Darby and Delaware County that used asbestos and put workers at risk include:
- American Viscose Company
- Baldwin Locomotive Works
- Delaware County Electric Company
- Ford Motor Company assembly plant
- Harbison Walker Refractories Company
- Pennsylvania Railroad
- Reading Railroad
- Scott Paper
- Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock
- Westinghouse Electric Company
- W.L. Cummings Radium Processing Company
What Should I Look for in an Upper Darby Mesothelioma Lawyer?
The two most important factors are regional knowledge and asbestos and mesothelioma experience. Look for a lawyer who specializes in asbestos cases and working with victims.
Their caseload should be mostly or entirely asbestos-related. Your lawyer should also be able to practice in Pennsylvania and familiar with the Upper Darby area and local asbestos use.
These are the basics but also look for a lawyer who has been helping victims for many years. They will have the right experiences to get you a good outcome. Your lawyer should have time to take on your case and the resources to investigate and gather evidence.
Dave Halpern is an Upper Darby mesothelioma lawyer with more than 30 years of experience advocating for asbestos victims in the area. Use our Free Consultation form to connect with him and get a free initial consultation.
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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.