Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuits
Residents and workers in Pennsylvania were exposed to toxic asbestos dust and fibers with highest exposure years being between, 1920-1980. Mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancers are typically diagnosed 10-50 years after initial exposure.
Thousands of asbestos-containing products and materials were used throughout the state of Pennsylvania in buildings, residential buildings, industrial plants, factories, power plants, chemical plants, refineries, shipyards and manufacturing plants.
There were 17,717 asbestos related deaths in Pennsylvania (2,601 Mesothelioma) from 1999-2017 – EWG Action Fund 2017 Study.
Large amounts of amphibole asbestos were extracted from Pennsylvania mines. Amphibole Asbestos produces a subtype known as Crocidolite Asbestos, which is one of the most hazardous type of asbestos.
Pennsylvania shipyard workers, construction workers, mechanics, power plant workers, mill workers, steel workers, railroad workers, pipefitters, plumbers, Insulators, electricians, and laborers are at higher risk than the general population for being diagnosed with Mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease in their lifetime.
Over 27 million Americans are at risk for developing Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.
Legal Rights and Remedies for Mesothelioma Victims
Mesothelioma victims can obtain substantial money compensation for their cancer under Pennsylvania law. There are multiple ways in which mesothelioma victims can collect money damages, including:
Civil Lawsuit: Can be filed against asbestos product manufacturers, distributers and suppliers. This is known as a products liability action. A civil lawsuit can also be filed for not preventing workers from the hazards of asbestos.
Asbestos Trust Funds: Asbestos companies who have filed for bankruptcy have set up trust funds for asbestos victims. There are more than 50 asbestos trust funds totaling more than 30 billion dollars.
Workers Compensation: Mesothelioma victims have the right to file worker’s compensation claims under state law or under the Federal Worker’s Compensation Act.
Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Statistics (Asbestos-Related Deaths)
- Pennsylvania ranks 4th in the U. S. for deaths from malignant Mesothelioma.
- The mortality rate from Mesothelioma in Pennsylvania is 16.8 per million.
- 3,913 Pennsylvania residents died from malignant Mesothelioma.
- 2,215 asbestos-related deaths were reported in Pennsylvania since 1979.
- Philadelphia County, PA has more than 659 asbestos-related deaths and more than 315 Mesothelioma Deaths.
*Statistics on Mesothelioma and asbestos related deaths were compiled from CDC (Center for Disease Control s National Center for Health Statistics), and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) and other cancer reporting sources.
There were 17.717 asbestos related deaths in Pennsylvania (3,257 Mesothelioma) from 1999-2017 – EWG Action Fund 2017 Study.
Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations (Delaware County)
In Pennsylvania, the Statute of Limitations for Mesothelioma and Asbestos Claims are;
- 2 years from date of diagnosis
- 2 years from the time a loved one passes away to file for wrongful death claims.
Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits
42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 5501 et seq. is the personal injury statute for the state of Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Asbestos Laws
The Pennsylvania state legislature passed the Pennsylvania Asbestos Occupations Accreditation Act of 1990.
This law gives the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) the task of regulating the removal, collection, and disposal of ACMs from public and commercial buildings.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry enforces the Pennsylvania Asbestos Occupations Accreditation and Certification Act.
The act requires any person planning to do an asbestos reduction project to tell the department five days before begins. This notification must include a written project plan as well as the number of workers involved.
Pennsylvania’s asbestos abatement rules follow federal guidelines as set by the EPA and are intended to protect the public from exposure to large amounts of asbestos fibers. EPA regulations require any person planning to remove and dispose of asbestos to notify the agency 10 days in advance of any work in a public or commercial building.
The EPA guidelines also require that only certified asbestos workers handle asbestos materials, perform inspections, or supervise other workers.
Asbestos in a residential home is usually not dangerous if it is left undisturbed. However, even undisturbed asbestos materials decay and therefore must be constantly evaluated. Homeowners should not cut, rip, or sand any materials containing asbestos in their property. These actions merely stir up asbestos fibers into the air and makes them hazardous.
Pennsylvania Asbestos Exposure Hot Spots
Between, 1998-2000, the state of Pennsylvania was among the top 5 states for asbestos lawsuit filings.
Pennsylvania had more than 400,000 tons of asbestos-containing vermiculite shipped from Libby, Montana to locations throughout Pennsylvania during the years 1950 through 1990. High asbestos exposure was in Delaware County, Bucks County, Philadelphia County and Allegheny County.
Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Asbestos Deaths
|Pennsylvania Asbestos-Related Deaths 1999-2015||17,717|
|Pennsylvania Asbestosis Cancer Deaths||1,505|
|Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Cancer Deaths||3,257|
|Pennsylvania Estimated-Asbestos Cancer Deaths||13,028|
Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Asbestos Exposure Information
Asbestos Superfund Sites in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania EPA Superfund sites
BoRit Asbestos Site in Ambler, Pennsylvania
Ambler Asbestos Piles Superfund site in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Air, ground water, soil, sediments and surface water of the site were
contaminated with asbestos.
In the mid-1990s, 50% of asbestos related claims that went to trial and ended in verdicts were cases in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Asbestos Exposure Hot Spots
More than 200,000 tons of asbestos shipments were received in the state of Pennsylvania. High asbestos exposure was in Delaware County, Bucks County, Philadelphia County and Allegheny County
Pennsylvania Asbestos-Related Deaths
|Adams County, PA – 72 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Allegheny County, PA – 1,616 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Armstrong County, PA – 66 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Beaver County, PA – 312 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Bedford County, PA – 43 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Berks County, PA – 439 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Blair County, PA – 128 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Bradford County, PA – 72 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Bucks County, PA – 747 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Butler County, PA – 307 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Cambria County, PA – 234 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Carbon County, PA – 60 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Centre County, PA – 65 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Chester County, PA – 439 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Clarion County, PA – 43 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Clearfield County, PA – 119 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Clinton County, PA – 26 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Columbia County, PA – 77 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Crawford County, PA – 142 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Cumberland County, PA – 195 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Dauphin County, PA – 106 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Delaware County, PA – 1.078 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Elk County, PA – 23 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Erie County, PA – 256 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Fayette County, PA – 187 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Franklin County, PA – 66 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Fulton County, PA – 10 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Greene County, PA – 57 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Huntingdon County, PA – 31 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Indiana County, PA – 95 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Jefferson County, PA – 43 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Juniata County, PA – 16 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Lackawanna County, PA – 250 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Lancaster County, PA – 605 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Lawrence County, PA – 160 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Lebanon County, PA – 212 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Lehigh County, PA – 389 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Luzerne County, PA – 408 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Lycoming County, PA – 95 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|McKean County, PA – 50 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Mercer County, PA – 103 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Mifflin County, PA – 32 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Monroe County, PA – 124 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Montgomery County, PA – 1,272 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Montour County, PA – 12 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Northampton County, PA – 373 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Northumberland County, PA – 103 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Perry County, PA – 38 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Philadelphia County, PA – 1,345 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Pike County, PA – 36 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Potter County, PA – 12 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Schuylkill County, PA – 114 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Snyder County, PA – 26 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Somerset County, PA – 107 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Susquehanna County, PA – 29 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Tioga County, PA – 28 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Union County, PA – 30 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Venango County, PA – 43 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Warren County, PA – 29 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Washington County, PA – 279 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Wayne County, PA – 61 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Westmoreland County, PA – 358 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Wyoming County, PA – 19 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|York County, PA – 289 Asbestos Related Deaths|
|Source: EWG 2015 Study|
Jury awards $7.25 Million to a Pennsylvania man developed the deadly Mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos while working in a Philadelphia Navy Yard.
Asbestos Cover up – Quotes from Asbestos Executives
Evidence in thousands of court documents have shown that asbestos companies hid and destroyed memos, documents and ignored doctor’s medical reports about the dangers of asbestos exposure. Despite all of the information about the deadly dangers of asbestos exposure available in the scientific and medical literature asbestos companies chose not to take any action to protect workers.
They chose profit over the safety of their workers and then lied and covered it up. This is why U. S. Courts are making asbestos manufacturers and companies pay millions to asbestos victims for their asbestos cover up.
- “…if you have enjoyed a good life while working with asbestos products, why not die from it.” 1966 memo from an executive of the Bendix Corporation (now part of Honeywell)
- In early 1940s, the president of Johns-Manville called the managers of another company “a bunch of fools for notifying employees who had asbestosis.” When asked by another company executive, “Do you mean to tell me you would let them work until they drop dead?” he responded, “Yes. We save a lot of money that way.”
Mesothelioma has been medically linked to workplace asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma Facts and Statistics
- More than 20 million American workers have been exposed to asbestos.
- Mesothelioma cases are found in 9 out of every 1 million people.
- 3,000 new cases of Mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the U. S.
- Each year in U. S 10,000 Americans will die from an asbestos related disease.
- 30% of U. S. Veterans will develop an asbestos-related disease in their life time.
- 1 in 125 U. S. males who live over the age of 50 will die from an asbestos-related disease.
- Experts believe 60,000 Malignant Mesothelioma deaths will occur between 2010 and 2030.
Pennsylvania Veterans and Asbestos Exposure
Military Veterans that have a 1 in 3 chance of developing an asbestos related disease in their lifetime. Veterans have the right to bring lawsuits against negligent asbestos companies for exposing them to toxic asbestos-containing products and materials.
There are 21.5 million current living Veterans according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans who served between 1940 and 1970 have the greatest risk of developing Mesothelioma or an asbestos-related cancer. Navy Veterans who served during World War II and the Korean War have the highest incidence of Asbestos-related diseases.
The U.S. Military used thousands of asbestos-containing products in their ships between the 1920-late 1970’s. 14 in every 1,000 WW II shipyard workers died of an asbestos-related disease compared to 18 in every 1,000 combat related deaths.
- Mesothelioma primarily occurs in Veterans between the ages of 55-75.
- Asbestos was listed as the top contaminant at 32 U.S. Army base closures during the 1990s.
- A recent study showed that as many as 30-40% of Mesothelioma victims is U. S. Veterans.
Military Bases in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
Tobyhanna Army Depot and Carlisle Barracks
Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mechanicsburg.
Joint Reserve Base (JRB) at Willow Grove
Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Verdicts and Settlements
A Mesothelioma claim is a lawsuit filed on behalf of a victim or surviving family members because of hazardous exposure to asbestos. Here is a list of some noteworthy Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts.
List of Pennsylvania Mesothelioma settlements and verdicts listed in asbestos lawsuits, court documents, and news sources.
- $18 Million was awarded to the families of two Pennsylvania pipefitters who worked with products manufactured by Crane Co. and Garlock Sealing Technologies exposed to the gaskets, which were shown to contain 75 to 90% asbestos.
- $12 Million was awarded in 2012 to a Pennsylvania boiler mechanic to carcinogens at a Johnsonburg, PA paper mill against Garlock Sealing Technologies.
- $6 Million was awarded to a 56-year-old former pipefitter and fireman for J.J. Skelly at the B.P. Oil Refinery in Trainer, PA where he was exposed to asbestos materials such as gaskets and packing on pumps, valves, boilers and steam traps.
- $5.7 Million was awarded to a 56-year-old former Pennsylvania foundry worker, pipefitter and pipefitter instructor exposed to asbestos at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
- $4.6 Million was awarded to a 66-year-old for a Pennsylvania machinist mate in the United States Navy aboard the USS Taconic and a steam heat operator at the Philadelphia Electric Company.
- $3.4 million was awarded to the family of a former Pennsylvania refinery worker against the Pittsburgh Corning.
- $2.9 Million was awarded to an 83-year-old former welder and maintenance supervisor at a paper mill, PH Glatfelter Company, in Spring Grove, PA.
- $3 Million was awarded to the family of a 77-year-old former employee at the G.M. Powertrain facility in the town of Tonawanda, who subsequently died of asbestos disease due to the negligence of Crane Co.
- $2.4 was awarded to the family of a former refinery worker against the Pittsburgh Corning.
Mesothelioma Verdicts & Settlements Nationwide
- $10.2 Million Mesothelioma Verdict: For a Paper Mill worker suffering from pleural Mesothelioma.
- $8 Million Mesothelioma Award: For a man diagnosed with Mesothelioma. Noneconomic damages and $1.5 Million for Loss of Life.
- $7.5Million Mesothelioma Verdict: For a woman that developed peritoneal Mesothelioma from laundering her husband s work clothes.
- $5 Million Navy Veteran Mesothelioma Verdict: For a Navy Boilerman who developed Mesothelioma during his service.
- $4.8 Million was awarded to a 65-year-old former plant worker who was exposed to asbestos in the household and at work.
- $4.6 Million Mesothelioma Settlement: For a union insulator that developed malignant Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.
- $3.2 Million was awarded to a 61-year-old retired maintenance worker.
- $2.5 Million Mesothelioma Settlement: For a union pipefitter man who died from malignant Mesothelioma.
- $2.6 Million Shipyard Worker Mesothelioma Settlement: For the family of a 72-year old shipyard worker with Mesothelioma who suffered secondhand exposure.
- $2.1 Million was awarded to a 73-year-old Navy veteran and former pipefitter.
- $1.8Million Mesothelioma Settlement: For a carpenter that developed malignant Mesothelioma at age 68.
- $1.8 Million was awarded to a 75-year-old Navy veteran and retired warehouse worker.
- $1.5 Million was awarded to a 60-year-old insulator and plant worker who fell victim to mesothelioma.
- $1.5 Million was awarded to an 85-year-old former maintenance worker and electrician exposed to asbestos on the job.
- $1.4 Million was awarded to a 57-year-old furnace operator and plant worker.
- $1.4 Million was awarded to an 81-year-old former Marine and HVAC affected by mesothelioma.
- $1.2 Million Mesothelioma Settlement: For a 76-year-old carpenter that developed malignant Mesothelioma.
- $1.1 Million was awarded to a 75-year-old Army veteran and retired Laborer.
- $1.1 Million was awarded to an 82-year-old Navy veteran and former engineer exposed to asbestos on the job.
- $1 Million Veteran Mesothelioma Settlement: For a Navy veteran machinist that developed malignant Mesothelioma at age 71.
Pennsylvania workers, military veterans, and residents have the right to sue asbestos manufacturers and companies that exposed them to Asbestos. There is more than 30 billion in 60+ asbestos trust funds for people diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
Malignant Mesothelioma has been linked to workplace asbestos exposure.
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Pennsylvania Workers and Residents Have the Right to Sue Manufacturers that exposed them to Asbestos.
Asbestos Exposure in Pennsylvania
Asbestos was used heavily in U. S. building trades between 1930-1980. More than 3,000 commonly used products in Pennsylvania contained toxic asbestos fibers and materials.
Pennsylvania Workers and Residents that were exposed to asbestos are at higher risk (7 times) than the general population for being diagnosed with Mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease in their lifetime.
It can take 10-50 years after initial asbestos exposure before symptoms of Mesothelioma may appear. People that were exposed to asbestos in Pennsylvania decades ago are walking time bombs. There is no clear way of knowing if a person will develop Mesothelioma, but most people diagnosed are around 70 years of age.
If you worked in an industry in Pennsylvania that exposed you to deadly asbestos fibers a Mesothelioma lawyer can help you seek compensation for medical expenses resulting from a Mesothelioma cancer diagnosis.
When asbestos is disturbed, broken apart, cut, decayed, or damaged, it releases tiny asbestos microscopic fibrous particles that can cling to the skin, hair and clothing. These asbestos fibers are easily transferred to others where they can accumulate in the lining of lungs that cause Mesothelioma lung cancer.
Asbestos Exposure in Pennsylvania Neighborhoods Pre-1980
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Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer
Malignant Mesothelioma is rare form of cancer that affects lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, and major organs in the body. Mesothelioma is a disease in which malignant cancer cells are found in the sac lining the chest (pleura) or the abdomen (peritoneum). There are about 3,000 new malignant Mesothelioma cases diagnosed each year in the U. S. If you are experiencing any Mesothelioma symptoms you should contact a doctor immediately.
Diagnosed With Mesothelioma?
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with malignant Mesothelioma you are going to have a lot of questions about living with Mesothelioma and what legal options you have against asbestos manufacturers and asbestos companies for your asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a seriously deadly disease. According to the American Cancer Society with the average survival time for people with Mesothelioma is 4-18 months.
Call TOLL FREE 888.640.0914 right now to talk with a live Mesothelioma Counselor that can answer many of your questions and give you the peace of mind that you need.
Family Member Died From Mesothelioma?
If you have a family member that has died from Mesothelioma cancer you should immediately consult with an experienced Mesothelioma diagnosis lawyer about what compensation may be available to you from asbestos trust funds that total more than 30 billion dollars.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you file your Mesothelioma claim within your states Statute of Limitations.
We have seen many families lose their right to file a lawsuit because their Statute of Limitations had expired while they were grieving. We know it is a tough time to grieve the loss of a loved one, but please do not let your Statute of Limitations expire for filing your Mesothelioma lawsuit. In most states the Statute of Limitations is 2-3 years. Some states have 6 year Statute of Limitations.
Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Lawsuit Damages
Mesothelioma Latency Period
Mesothelioma has a long latency period of 10-50 years. Many Veterans, Shipyard Workers, Construction Workers, Power Plant Workers, Mill Workers, Steel Workers, Railroad Workers, Pipefitters, Insulators, Electricians, Carpenters, Welders, Auto Mechanics, Veterans, Factory Workers, and laborers are living in the early stages of a variety of asbestos related diseases. Many Mesothelioma lawyers will not accept asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer, pleural plaques, pleural thickening, colon cancer and esophageal cancer cases.
There is More Than 30 Billion Dollars Set Aside for Mesothelioma and Asbestos Victims in Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts
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