Pittsburgh Asbestos And Mesothelioma Blog

Why breathing is so dangerous if asbestos is nearby

You'd be hard-pressed to find a building in Pennsylvania constructed before 1970 that doesn't contain asbestos. There may indeed be some, somewhere, but it is far more common to find asbestos in old buildings rather than not. No amount of exposure to asbestos is safe. However, there are times when it's more dangerous than others.  

Breathing is the means by which asbestos most frequently enters the body. If you're not aware that asbestos is present, then you can't know if you're inhaling it. It's microscopic, which is why certified inspectors must do special tests to detect its presence. If you work in an older building, your employer is under an obligation to warn you of known asbestos dangers on the job. If your employer fails to do so and you become ill due to exposure, it's critical that you know where to seek support

When years of factory work lead to stages of terminal illness

Factories were integral components of Pittsburgh's business landscape throughout the industrial age. Most families in the immediate region had at least one or several members who worked in a steel mill or other type of factory. Now, decades later, many of those workers are sick. You or one of your loved ones may be among them. From asbestosis to mesothelioma and other pleural diseases, in and beyond this city, there are hundreds of Pennsylvania workers who receive terminal diagnoses. 

Mesothelioma devastates lives. You might have a lot of chest pain, a lingering cough and severe lack of appetite, which leads to weight loss. If your illness relates to the work you've done in the past, you may want to talk about that with someone well-versed in asbestos litigation laws. 

Do Pittsburgh schools have asbestos problems?

Whether you work in construction or some other industry that places you in or near Pittsburgh area schools, or you are a Pennsylvania parent whose children attend a private or public school in the region, you may be at risk for certain health hazards if school officials or employers have not adhered to federal regulations regarding asbestos.  

You can't walk onto school property and immediately determine whether asbestos is present because the combinations of materials that comprise asbestos are microscopic. However, you can have a particular area or item tested to determine whether it contains asbestos. If you work in a public or private school building, your employer is obligated to warn you about any known asbestos-related hazards on the job. Asbestos illnesses often don't produce symptoms until long after initial exposures occurred. 

Coping with mesothelioma and other asbestos injuries

Life is challenging enough without having to deal with the adverse effects of chronic illness. Many Pennsylvania residents understand all too well what it's like to face a diagnosis that includes incurable disease. If you or your loved one suffer from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related injury, your main priority may be obtaining any and all treatment available to achieve as high quality of life as possible. 

Sadly, many situations like yours would have been preventable were it not for an employer's negligence. Pittsburgh, in particular, is comprised of many buildings, schools, churches and factories built long before the early 1980s, which means they post a potentially serious asbestos risk to those who live or work nearby. By learning more about how to treat such illnesses and what your legal rights are as far as seeking restitution, you gain or provide your loved one with much needed support.

Did your Pennsylvania job site lead to terminal illness?

You may recall every detail about the day your doctor diagnosed you with an asbestos-related cancer. You had suspected something was wrong for quite some time when you kept experiencing symptoms that seemed to linger but had no apparent explanation. Now that you know the underlying cause of your malaise, lingering cough and bodily discomfort, you want to focus on time with your family and living as high quality a life as possible.  

It's no secret that medical care is expensive. In situations like yours, treatment is generally palliative in nature, since mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers are incurable. You are entitled to seek any and all treatment available to help relieve your suffering and to help you feel as strong as possible for as long as possible. Like many other Pennsylvania victims of asbestos-caused illness, you may feel angry that your employers were aware of the hazards in your workplace but failed in their obligation to inform and protect you.  

Mesothelioma symptoms usually get worse over time

When you went to work in a Pittsburgh factory some 30-40 years ago, you never dreamed you would one day suffer an illness where even the slightest physical exertion would leave you gasping for breath. You likely also never thought that your workplace would be the source of such an illness. Thousands of other blue-collar industry workers in Pennsylvania are facing similar situations.  

It's one thing to trip and fall at work. You might sprain an ankle or even break a wrist, neither of which are pleasant experiences, but they are also not necessarily the fault of your employer. It's quite another thing, however, to learn that your employers were aware of hazards in your work environment but, instead of fulfilling their obligation to keep their employees as safe as possible, they did not reveal what they knew because they were more concerned with making a profit. 

What is nursing home neglect?


Sad stories are sometimes reported on the Pittsburgh evening news that describe the unsafe and neglectful conditions that children are forced to live in before they are taken by protective services and placed in new homes. It is a tragedy for anyone to suffer in a residence where their basic needs are not met, and children are not the only population that can be victimized by others through neglect. The elderly and those who rely on the support of nursing and care homes can greatly suffer when they do not receive what they need from their care providers.

Nursing home neglect can take on many forms. It may come in the form of residents not receiving enough food or not being given baths on an appropriate schedule. It can take the form of individuals improperly dressed for the conditions they must encounter and may occur if residents' facilities are cluttered or otherwise dangerous for them to move around in.

How do I prove negligence in a medical malpractice case?


Negligence is a legal concept that forms the basis of many accident-based claims. When a Pittsburgh driver suffers injuries in a vehicle collision, they may sue the responsible driver for their damages based on that driver's negligence. Similarly, when a patient suffers harm while under the care of a doctor and that harm was due to the doctor's negligence, the patient may have claims for losses.

Proving negligence in the context of medical malpractice can sometimes be challenging. It is important that individuals with possible medical malpractice claims discuss their legal options with personal injury attorneys that they trust. As with all legal matters, cases should be reviewed based on their own facts and this post should not be read as legal guidance or advice.

Wrongful death claims may arise in a variety of ways


The loss of a beloved family member can be a devastating blow to a Pennsylvania household. Though no legal action can ever bring back someone whose life has been tragically cut short by an accident or act of negligence, wrongful death claims can provide survivors who have lost relatives with financial damages to help them move forward. Many different types of accidents and sets of circumstance can provide the basis for a wrongful death claim. This post will discuss just a few of those possible events.

One of the most common instances that may result in a wrongful death claim is a vehicle accident. When a person dies as a result of another person's negligent or reckless driving conduct, then the decedent's surviving family members may have financial losses, including medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost wages. Fortunately, these damages may be recoverable through a wrongful death action.

Birth complications require medical attention and care


There is a big difference between a birth complication and a birth mistake. A mother and a baby in Pennsylvania may experience a birth complication if, during labor, the baby's positioning makes it impossible for the mother to deliver the child. A birth mistake may arise if the mother's doctor fails to address this sometimes life-threatening complication with the proper treatment or intervention.

Baby position is only one of the many birth complications that doctors must stay ahead of to ensure that both mothers and infants get through delivery without suffering injuries. Another birth complication that often plagues first-time mothers is prolonged labor. A labor that does not progress can cause significant problems for both a mother and her unborn child and may require a doctor to step in to move the process along.

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