Asbestos Illness and Workers’ Compensation
Exposure to unsafe levels of asbestos has been found in a variety of workplaces. Throughout the 20th century, asbestos was included in many industrial and consumer products in addition to being installed as fire-retardant insulation material in buildings across Pennsylvania and the United States.
Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma up to 50 years after exposure.
– Mesothelioma Group
Asbestos is the only known cause of the deadly cancer called mesothelioma, says the Mesothelioma Group. Moreover, the workplace is by far the most common source of asbestos exposure, with about 70 to 80 percent of cases being work-related, according to the same source. Although manufacturers stopped producing asbestos products in the 1980’s, many people who worked around asbestos are still at risk.
Get Compensation For Your Work-Related Asbestos Illness
Are you suffering from an illness due to work-related asbestos exposure? You have just 120 days to file your PA workers’ compensation claim. We’ve handled these cases before and can help you too. Email us or call 800-952-9640 for a free case review. We represent injured workers throughout the state, plus there’s no fee unless we win.
Occupations At Risk For Asbestos Illnesses
According to the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center (MAAC), there are more than 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in the U.S. every year.
Some of the most-at-risk groups of people include:
- Veterans (Mesothelioma Group says veterans are the group at highest risk due to the prevalence of asbestos used throughout the military before 1970.)
- Construction workers
- Manufacturing workers
- Industrial workers
- Mill workers
Common Ways People Are Exposed To Asbestos
Some people work around asbestos for years and never develop mesothelioma or other health problems. Even so, the risks are very high. Those who have done any of the following for an extended period of time may be at risk for asbestos-related health problems:
- Employment in a building where asbestos insulation is or was installed
- Employment in a building where asbestos was removed (fibers become airborne if removed improperly)
- Employment as an insulation worker or an asbestos removal worker
- Shipyard work
- Trucking-related work
- Manufacture of products containing asbestos, including:
- Brake lining
- Asbestos mining
The Different Types Of Asbestos
According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), there are six different forms of asbestos minerals:
All types of asbestos are carcinogenic.
A History Of Unsafe Exposure
Asbestos claims can be valid decades after initial exposure. Even today, workers are still exposed to asbestos. If employers violate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations regarding protective equipment, standards of removal, or cleaning of materials used to handle asbestos products, you might have a valid claim for injury even if symptoms have not developed yet.
Helping You Through The Process For Your Workers’ Comp Claim
At Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo, we strive to provide superior service to our clients based on past, present, and future injury compensation. A lawyer is always available to speak with you at one of our 12 offices throughout Pennsylvania.
In every case, we collect medical records and other supporting evidence such as work history and records of related incidents at work. We will guide you through the process of obtaining maximum compensation for your injuries and damages.
Let Us Help You With Your Work-Related Asbestos Injury Claim
The work injury attorneys at Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo have extensive experience handling all types of work-related injury claims. We bring claims against employers and their insurance carriers to fight for the just compensation our clients deserve.
To schedule a free initial consultation, email us or call us toll-free at 800-952-9640. We handle all cases on a contingency basis, meaning that we collect attorneys’ fees only if you receive compensation or if we prevent the insurance company from stopping or altering your benefits.