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Mesothelioma

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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Asbestosis

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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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Allows ‘Any Breath’ Testimony to Stand

In February 2013, the Pennsylvania Superior Court made the decision to uphold a $950,000 judgment against a welding products company in an asbestos injury case.

The company, Lincoln Electric Co., filed an appeal seeking a modified verdict or new trial after a doctor testifying on behalf of the plaintiff argued that every breath the plaintiff took while in the presence of asbestos was enough to establish causation for his illness. The appeal claimed that the doctor’s testimony was inadmissible under the standards set by a previous Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in Betz v. Pneumo Abex, LLC, which rejected the same “any breath” theory (sometimes called the “any exposure” theory).

The plaintiff was the family of Robert Wolfinger, a Philadelphia man who worked for Lincoln Electric. In 2005, Wolfinger filed a suit against several defendants, claiming that he suffered from pleural thickening as a result of asbestos exposure. Wolfinger has since died from what his family believes was exposure to the asbestos contained in Lincoln Electric’s welding rods.

  • Although Lincoln Electric argued that the precedent set by the Betz case should disqualify the testimony of Wolfinger’s physician, the superior court ruled that the plaintiffs had offered sufficient additional evidence to support their claims.
  • In addition, the court stated that the Supreme Court decision in Betz was only meant to review the “any breath” causation claim by itself, and not when any other evidence was presented alongside it.

While the Betz verdict marked a significant shift in Pennsylvania asbestos litigation, the Wolfinger case may encourage victims of asbestos exposure to include “any breath” testimonies — along with additional evidence — in future court cases.

If you or someone you know is suffering from medical conditions due to asbestos exposure, be sure to speak with a knowledgeable Philadelphia personal injury attorney right away. 

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