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Victims of "the hidden killer" still fighting for help

Despite the fact that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has labeled asbestos a hazardous material, the United States hasn't banned its use. Perhaps you haven't worked around the deadly substance for decades, and your recent diagnosis came as a shock to you and your family.

In fact, diseases related to asbestos exposure take 20 to 50 years to manifest as symptoms. Inhaled asbestos particles can cause a variety of fatal illnesses, such as mesothelioma. This cancer, almost exclusively related to asbestos exposure, attacks the lining in your lungs, abdomen and heart.

Too close to home

Pennsylvania has been hit especially hard, ranking third among states with the highest number of deaths from asbestos-related illnesses. In Allegheny County, about 107 people die each year from asbestos cancers, the highest number of deaths of any county in the state. Health Department officials attribute the inflated statistics to the large number of industrial employees in the region. Your work in one of these professions may have exposed you to asbestos:

  • Electrician
  • Construction worker, including demolition
  • Plumber
  • Pipe fitter or steam fitter
  • Shipbuilder

These are among the professions most frequently in contact with asbestos-made materials. Recently, doctors are also seeing cases of family members exposed to asbestos that their loved ones carried home on their clothing.

No end in sight

The United States no longer manufactures asbestos, but it is still legal for companies to import it for use in building construction materials, roofing materials, automobile brake pads and other items. Workers have limited exposure to the deadly product, but reports of illness and death from the horrific diseases attributed to asbestos continue to add up.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated 10,000 nationwide deaths annually. However, a more recent report says the true number is likely as high as 15,000. Nevertheless, Congress is considering legislation that would make it more difficult for you and others who are diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses to claim compensation from the trust funds the asbestos industry established to protect itself from lawsuits.

It may seem as if you have no choice but to suffer in silence. However, Pittsburgh attorneys are passionate about helping people like you, whose health is compromised because your employer did not protect you from exposure to asbestos. Your attorney will evaluate your case and determine if you have a claim for compensation. While obtaining reparation will not bring back your good health, it may make it possible for you to receive quality medical treatment without jeopardizing your family's finances.

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