In an effort to assist and inform the clients of Griffith, Lerman, Lutz & Scheib and their families that we are providing you with information on our site regarding areas where individuals are receiving compensation for injuries related to toxic exposure, prescriptive drug medications, injuries for work-related diseases, and joint transplants (hips and knees).
Many times families find themselves in financial difficulties which worsen over time due to a loved one having sustained a serious injury or contracted a disease. We want our clients and their families to know that these matters can be handled in an efficient and timely manner so as to minimize the impact on the client and others who may be affected.
Below you will find a list of different areas of injury practice in which the firm can represent and assist you in dealing with these very difficult matters:
· ASBESTOS/MESOTHELIOMA CLAIMS
Asbestos is a deadly mineral that has been used in thousands of products. When microscopic asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can cause a number of diseases, including mesothelioma and lung cancer. Of the diseases caused by asbestos, mesothelioma is the most aggressive, attacking the internal lining of the lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma typically does not develop until decades after the asbestos exposure occurred.
There are at least four worksites in the York County area which have been linked to aspestos exposure including: Peach Bottom Atomic Power Plant, Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant, Harrisburg Railroad, and Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant.
The majority of individuals who have been exposed to asbestos encounter the so-called "magic mineral" in their line of work, often due to inadequate safety precautions. Others are exposed to asbestos indirectly when they come in contact with the clothing of a family member involved in a high-risk asbestos occupation.
Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products including cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation. When microscopic asbestos dust particles become airborne they can be inhaled or swallowed and can cause serious health issues.
Common work environments where a mesothelioma or cancer patient may have encountered asbestos include shipyards, oil refineries, sheet metal plants, automotive plants, construction sites, and many more.
o Manufacturing of asbestos products (insulation, roofing & building materials)
o Vehicle repair (brakes & clutches)
o Construction workers and contractors
o Maritime workers
o Miners and drillmen
o Offshore rust removers
o Oil refinery workers
o Power plants
o Railway workers
o Sand or abrasive manufacturers
o Shipyards/ships/ship builders
o Steel mills
o Tile cutters
Asbestos continues to be used in the United States even today even though it is classified as a human carcinogen. Occupations which expose individuals to asbestos are mechanical engineers, electricians, teachers (elementary, middle and high school), plumbers, pipe fitters, and steam fitters as well as those below:
o Auto mechanics
o Broiler makers
o Building inspectors
o Floor coverings
o Furnace workers
o Hod carriers
o Iron workers
o Maintenance workers
o Merchant marines
o Operating engineers
o Sand blasters
o Sheet metal workers
o Steam fitters
o Tile setters
o United States' Navy veterans
Many occupations have an increased risk for developing lung cancer. For example, asbestos insulation workers have 92 times the risk of developing lung cancer and smelter workers having 3-8 times the risk of developing lung cancer. The risk of lung cancer is also increased in people who work in the manufacturing of certain industrial gases, pharmaceuticals, soaps and detergents, paints, inorganic pigments, plastics, and synthetic rubber. The risk of developing lung cancer is related to the amount of exposure to the cancer-causing agent.
For example, the risk of lung cancer in humans is proportional to the number of cigarettes smoked. The risk of developing lung cancer is 8-10 times greater in smokers compared to people who have never smoked. A smaller, but real risk exists for cigar and pipe smokers. Some lung-cancer causing agents react together to significantly worsen the risk of developing cancer. The combined exposure to asbestos and tobacco smoke clearly multiplies the risk of developing lung cancer.
The risk of lung cancer is greater for those living in urban areas. This risk is approximately 1.2 to 2.3 times that of people living in rural areas. There is also an increased risk of lung cancer in smokers whose close relatives have had lung cancer. Scarring in the lungs from previous infections or injury can be associated with an increased risk of cancer.