Mesothelioma

Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma lawyers offering free case reviews to those suffering from mesothelioma

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The National Cancer Institute has reported that about two thousand people in the U.S. are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year.

Mesothelioma is a cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. The disease has a long latency period and can take decades to develop after the asbestos exposure has taken place.

The mesothelioma lawyers of Weitz & Luxenberg have represented thousands of people suffering from mesothelioma. Many of these people were exposed to asbestos at the workplace. None of them were warned of the dangers of asbestos or provided with safety equipment e.g., masks, to avoid asbestos exposure.

Unfortunately, many occupations involve the risk for asbestos exposure. This is because asbestos has been used in a wide range of products. Asbestos is inexpensive and does not burn. This makes it suitable for use as insulation material and friction products such as brakes.

Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma attorneys inform Pennsylvania residents of asbestos exposure risk

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Leading mesothelioma attorneys Weitz & Luxenberg would like to inform Pennsylvania residents of a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group Action Fund (EWG), which lists Pennsylvania as the state with the fourth highest number of deaths attributable to mesothelioma. The top three states for deaths resulting from mesothelioma are respectively, California, Florida and New York.

Further, five counties in Pennsylvania are in the list of the top 100 U.S. counties for asbestos related deaths. These counties are Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Allegheny County, Montgomery County and Lancaster County. The EWG study also states that at least 3,046 people in Pennsylvania have died from asbestos exposure since 1979. The study notes however, that this figure probably represents less than 20% of the total deaths from asbestos exposure during that time period because mesothelioma related deaths were not tracked by the federal government as a cause of death until 1999.

Find out if you’ve been exposed to asbestos at work

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The mesothelioma attorneys of Weitz & Luxenberg would like to share the experience of a man who inquired about his legal options after having spent many years working in jobs that exposed him to asbestos. At the time he contacted the mesothelioma lawyers of Weitz & Luxenberg, he only had 68% lung capacity left.

In the 1970s, he worked as an auto repairman. Asbestos is frequently used in automobile parts such as brakes. This is because asbestos does not burn and is therefore suitable for use in friction products such as brakes. Mechanics who work with car brakes employ two procedures that can expose them to airborne asbestos fibers: Air-blowing brake wear debris, which frequently contains dusty chrysotile asbestos; and grinding and beveling new asbestos brake linings or pads, which can release asbestos fibers into the air.

Top mesothelioma attorneys Weitz & Luxenberg explain secondary exposure to asbestos

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The mesothelioma attorneys of Weitz & Luxenberg would like the public to be aware of the dangers of secondary exposure to asbestos. Most people are aware that direct contact with asbestos can lead to the development of serious illnesses such as mesothelioma or lung cancer. Such direct contact with asbestos frequently occurs at work. For example, a mechanic who works with asbestos containing brake pads is likely to come into contact with asbestos.

Fewer people are aware of the dangers posed by secondary exposure to asbestos. Secondary exposure can occur when a person comes into contact with asbestos from another person who has had closer contact with asbestos. An example of secondary asbestos exposure would be coming into contact asbestos from washing the clothes of someone who works directly with asbestos. Someone who works with asbestos is likely to have asbestos fibers on his or clothing. When another person handles the clothing, he or she may also become exposed to asbestos and develop serious illnesses like mesothelioma or lung cancer.

Leading Mesothelioma Attorneys Weitz & Luxenberg Discuss Governor's Asbestos Abatement Project

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The mesothelioma attorneys of Weitz & Luxenberg are pleased to inform the public of New York Governor Paterson's asbestos abatement project for the Midtown Plaza complex in Rochester.

The Governor stated that the State of New York will contribute $55 million towards the asbestos abatement project. The money will fund asbestos removal work scheduled to begin in the summer of 2009. Once the asbestos abatement project is completed, city planners will rebuild the 8.6 acre area with new streets and sidewalks.

According to the Governor, the removal of asbestos will allow for a renewal of the City of Rochester. The Governor expects the area to be transformed into an urban mixed-use development zone which among other things, will house the national headquarters of PAETEC Communications.

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