Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate used in home building materials because of its natural flame-retardant capabilities. Federal law bans the use of asbestos for commercial and residential applications because of overwhelming data that links it to cancer. However, older buildings may still contain asbestos, posing a public health risk.
Anyone who has lived and worked in Pennsylvania for the last several decades may have been exposed to asbestos at home or at work. Lengthy or prolonged exposure to asbestos may cause serious health conditions such as malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Much like lead-based paint, asbestos only poses a health threat when airborne.
Northeast Pennsylvania has many job sites where exposure to asbestos-containing products occurred, particularly in the coal and textile industries. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk of developing asbestos-related cancer. Take-home exposure to asbestos may occur when a worker is exposed to asbestos on the job and subsequently takes home asbestos fibers on his clothing, thereby exposing his family to it.
Some facts about Pennsylvanians and these life-threatening illnesses:
Landlords are required by law to disclose information about their properties that may harm their tenants. Anyone who has suffered some harm or injury on the property of another, due to dangerous conditions or negligence, may be eligible to file a premises liability lawsuit. An experienced personal injury attorney can help determine if you have a viable cause of action.
Landowners must remedy a dangerous condition on their property. For example, this may include failure to replace tiles containing asbestos. If there is an issue with asbestos, the landlord must warn tenants or face liability for negligence. A property owner ignorant of the existence of asbestos on her property may not use it as a valid excuse for failing to know of its presence. However, a property owner is only required to fix asbestos if it is not properly contained.
The damages available in a premises’ liability claim typically include:
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