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You may have read in the paper or seen on the news that a federal bankruptcy judge in Pittsburgh has finally approved a bankruptcy plan for Pittsburgh Corning. We hope that this means that a Trust to pay asbestos victims will be established in the near future. However, this is the 3rd plan approved by this judge- the others were appealed by one or more defendants in asbestos litigation. The result of these appeals is that 13 years after declaring bankruptcy, victims who were diagnosed with cancer after using Pittsburgh Corning’s products STILL haven’t been compensated. That situation is even more...

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As a reminder, if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with lung cancer please contact us since we can most likely help. If the lung cancer victim worked in an industrial environment, even if he or she smoked, we can most likely file a claim. This is because smoking together with asbestos exposure is a deadly combination- people who smoked and who were exposed to asbestos are about 75 times more likely to get lung cancer than those who didn’t smoke and who weren’t exposed to asbestos. Even if the doctor tells you that the lung cancer was...

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At least once a week we are contacted by someone whose loved one was diagnosed with lung cancer or mesothelioma more than 2 years ago and they want to know if we can help them. Unfortunately the answer is “no”. All states have time limits for filing lawsuits. In most states you only have 2 years from the date that you were diagnosed with a disease to file a lawsuit against the parties that caused the disease. For example, if you are diagnosed with lung cancer on May 3, 2013, your last day to file a lawsuit will be May...

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Lung cancer and asbestos

It’s very important to remember that while smoking causes lung cancer, exposure to asbestos multiplies a smoker’s risk of getting cancer. When someone who has been a smoker is diagnosed with lung cancer the Dr. will almost always tell the person that smoking caused the cancer. This occurs even though the Dr. never asked the patient whether he or she was exposed to asbestos. Since the doctor has no other information to go on, he or she automatically says that smoking was the cause. The facts however are that although smokers have a 10 fold risk of getting cancer compared to...

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Asbestos Awareness Week: April 1 – 7, 2013

Asbestos Awareness Week starts today. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is kicking off this global campaign of education and awareness about the risks of asbestos and the need for a ban with a candlelight vigil. Throughout the week. they’ll be presenting information from doctors, activists, and victims of asbestos diseases. Each day, ADAO is sharing a new fact about asbestos. Today’s fact: Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. It’s a fact we know all too well, having helped clients who were exposed in large quantities for years, and those for whom a few...

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Case Review: Recent Client Results

Mesothelioma and asbestos compensation amounts vary greatly, based on factors like age at diagnosis, the extent of injury, and the laws in various states. Our asbestos lawyers would be happy to discuss your case with you in more detail so as to provide an idea of what similiar cases to yours have recovered. Our extensive knowledge and experience over the years in asbestos litigation, as well as the skill of our lawyers has allowed us to achieve these recent results for some of our clients: $2.6 million to a living mesothelioma victim who worked at Weirton Steel. $2.2 million to the...

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Abrams v. Pneumo Abex Corp., et al.

Pennsylvanians who filed claims for nonmalignant asbestos disease prior to 1992 and are now suffering from an asbestos-related cancer have the right to file new claims based on their new diagnosis. Before 1992, Pennsylvania law required any person injured by asbestos exposure to file one single lawsuit to seek to recover any and all damages related to his asbestos injury, including damages for fear of developing cancer in the future. If the worker did, in fact, develop asbestos-related cancer at a later time, he was not permitted to file a second new action to recover damages for that new injury. This changed...

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Going the Extra Mile

For over 30 years as pioneers in the field, Goldberg, Persky & White has represented asbestos victims. Over the years, our lawyers have handled 1000s of asbestos cases throughout the country. Today, we represent asbestos victims in lawsuits filed in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Maine, Indiana, Maryland, and more recently in Nevada. In 2009 alone, our attorneys have travelled the country from California to Texas to Florida to Maine to gather evidence and assist our clients. Jason Luckasevic, a Shareholder with our firm, explains that “many clients and their families must relocate because they have no choice but to travel...

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Asbestos Causes Lung Cancer Even in Smokers

While mesothelioma is a rare cancer most strongly associated with asbestos exposure, other cancers, particularly lung cancer, are also associated with asbestos exposure. Many workers who develop lung cancer never become aware of the causal relationship between asbestos and their disease. The lawyers at Goldberg, Persky & White have knowledge of the medical literature on these subjects and can assist workers in securing their rights. The diagnosis of lung cancer is an emotional and physical trauma for the patient involved, as well as their families. Unfortunately, in many instances, when one is diagnosed with lung cancer, he or she, as well...

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Why do I need an estate representative when my loved one dies?

The most frequently asked question of us is: “Why do I need an estate rep when my spouse, or father or mother dies?  Why can’t the checks be sent directly to me since I’m the only surviving heir”? Trust me, if we had a choice, we would much rather send the checks from settlements in your loved one’s lawsuit directly to you, but the law mandates that a representative of the estate be appointed to carry on the lawsuit after the person who started the suit dies.  The estate rep can be appointed in the will of the deceased, or, in...

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