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Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer only caused by exposure to asbestos. There are approximately 3,200 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year in the United States. We can help you find the appropriate medical care for your mesothelioma, as well as obtain the substantial money compensation you deserve.

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Lung Cancer

Asbestos exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Even though you may have been a cigarette smoker, your lung cancer may also have been caused by exposure to asbestos. We can help you determine whether your lung cancer may have been caused by exposure to asbestos.

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Larynx Cance

Approximately 8,500 individuals in the United States develop larynx cancer each year, and many of these cancers are caused by exposure to asbestos. We can help you find the right the medical care for your cancer, and obtain substantial compensation for your cancer.

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Esophageal Cancer

The link between cancer of the esophagus and asbestos exposure has been known for many decades. Studies indicate that exposure to asbestos increases the risk of esophageal cancer upwards of five times. We can help you get the proper medical treatment, and hold those responsible for your cancer.

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Colon Cancer

Colon cancer was first linked to asbestos exposure back in the 1960s. Colon cancer victims are entitled to substantial monetary compensation. We can help you obtain that compensation, along with the medical care you need.

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Exposure to asbestos causes two major types of non-cancerous diseases: Pulmonary asbestosis and asbestos-related pleural disease. These conditions can cause severe lung and breathing problems. Substantial compensation is still available for these diseases, and we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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Understanding the Statute of Limitations for Asbestos Lawsuits

Lawsuits related to asbestos exposure technically fall into the category of personal injury. If you are considering filing an asbestos exposure lawsuit, it’s important to understand your state’s statute of limitations, which sets strict time limits on taking your case to court.

A statute of limitations is essentially a very strict deadline. Depending on the state, the statute of limitations for a personal injury case can range from one to six years. In Pennsylvania, the personal injury statute of limitations is two years. In most cases, if you are not able to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, the case will most likely be dismissed.

In most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is straightforward because the time of the injury is easy to pinpoint. However, things become significantly more complicated when asbestos exposure is a factor. Due to the long latency periods associated with asbestos-related diseases, the date of injury cannot be traced back to a single moment in time. Instead, the injury may have been caused by a long period of asbestos exposure — usually several years of a person’s work history. And because asbestos-related diseases’ latency periods are significantly longer than any state’s statute of limitations, courts have been willing to make exceptions for asbestos claimants.

To address the difficulty associated with applying traditional limits on asbestos-related claims, courts apply the “discovery” rule. This states that the statute of limitations’ “clock” does not start until the effects of asbestos exposure begin to manifest themselves. That is, it starts once the claimant knows — or should have known — of the injury or illness.

To learn more about your rights after asbestos exposure causes health issues for you or a loved one, consult an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer.  

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