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Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure at Penn State University

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Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure at Penn State University

Attending elementary, high school, college or a university should not give someone cancer. Yet many school buildings across the United States contain asbestos – a cancer-causing mineral. Due to its natural fire-resistant properties, asbestos was widely used for construction projects before it was regulated in the U.S. This includes the construction of tens of thousands of school buildings.

Today, countless students and teachers are at risk of developing harmful and deadly diseases from exposure to asbestos, including a terminal type of cancer known as mesothelioma. Yet many schools have done nothing to protect their students and employees from asbestos exposure. If you or a loved one has developed an illness due to asbestos exposure at a school or university, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

What Are The Risks Associated With Asbestos Exposure In Schools And Universities?

Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring minerals that are confirmed to be carcinogenic, meaning they cause cancer in humans. In 1987, the International Agency for Research on Cancer published a study that identified all six types of asbestos as having the potential to cause cancer and other negative health effects.

Asbestos can cause health issues after being inhaled or ingested by someone at school. Asbestos fibers can become lodged in the inner tissues of the body, causing irritation, inflammation and a buildup of scar tissue over time. This can then result in cancerous tumors or other health problems, such as a buildup of fluid in the lungs. It can take many years for exposure to asbestos to result in cancer; the average latency period is 20-60+ years.

Asbestos has been linked to illnesses and diseases such as:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Cancer in other parts of the body
  • Pleural plaques
  • Pleural effusion

Mesothelioma is a deadly type of cancer with no known cure. It is cancer of the mesothelial tissues, or the protective lining that surrounds the lungs and other organs. The National Cancer Institute states that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Being exposed to asbestos even once could result in an illness or disease. However, evidence suggests that regular exposure to asbestos (such as attending a school that contains asbestos) is more likely to result in health problems.

The Pennsylvania State University

In 1977, after complaints from teachers that parts of the ceiling were flaking off, The Pennsylvania State University conducted widespread testing of more than 100 of its buildings. The tests confirmed the presence of asbestos in many buildings. The Pennsylvania State University attempted to sue the manufacturer, Johns Manville, to cover the $8.5 million it would take to remedy the problem. Johns Manville, however, was bankrupt and facing hundreds of similar lawsuits.

Without any funding available, The Pennsylvania State University did little to rid the building of asbestos. It was cheaper and easier to “wait and see” if the asbestos would cause any health problems. Unfortunately, this is a common trend at many schools and universities in the country. The Pennsylvania State University is now facing multiple lawsuits for student and teacher illnesses connected to exposure to asbestos.

What Can I Do If I Develop An Illness As A Result Of Asbestos Exposure In A School?

If you or a loved one has developed an illness such as mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos in a school, you have legal rights and options. Anyone who fails to comply with federal and state asbestos regulations can be held liable for civil penalties for related illnesses. This means you may have the right to file a claim against one or more parties for negligently exposing you to asbestos in a school building.

In this situation, you should contact an asbestos attorney near you as soon as possible. Different states have different time limits, but most range from one to three years. Acting quickly can ensure that you protect your right to recover compensation. Personal injury and wrongful death claims are the most common lawsuits for asbestos exposure. You could file this type of lawsuit if a person or party – such as a school – negligently failed to protect you from asbestos exposure.

Bringing a claim for an illness caused by asbestos could result in financial compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost quality of life, pain and suffering, and more. Most of these cases reach settlements, meaning they do not have to go to trial. You may also be eligible to file a claim with an asbestos trust fund. This is a fund set up by a company that has gone bankrupt to ensure that victims of asbestos exposure can still receive financial compensation.

Why Choose Bailey Glasser?

  • At Bailey Glasser, we have extensive experience representing those who have developed mesothelioma due to exposure.
  • Our attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
  • We understand these cases are often complex and technical. We bring intelligent aggression and substantial experience working product liability cases to verdict and settlement.
  • There are no upfront costs. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we take all the financial risk and only charge a fee if we successfully resolve your claim.

Occupational Exposure To Asbestos, The Numbers

  • 1.3 million U.S. workers are potentially at risk due to exposure
  • 27 million workers were exposed to asbestos between 1940 and 1979
  • Nearly 30% of mesothelioma lawsuits are filed by Navy Veterans and Shipyard workers
  • Over 39,000 American lives are lost due to asbestos-related diseases every year
  • Abestos exposure is the #1 cause of work-related deaths worldwide


What Should Mesothelioma Patients Do?

Speak with your doctor if you have been exposed to asbestos to confirm the diagnosis of Mesothelioma cancer. hen connect with Bailey Glasser, LLP, a leading asbestos litigation firm in the U.S. We will work to file a lawsuit against the negligent company on your behalf.  Our firm will walk you through the process of seeking financial compensation and help secure the maximum compensation for you and your loved ones.

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Meet the Attorneys

Michael “Mickey” Robb

Michael “Mickey” Robb is based in Pittsburgh and is currently licensed in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He has over 20 years of experience handling asbestos litigation cases on behalf of men and women who have contracted asbestos-related diseases including Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Esophageal Cancer and Asbestosis. Michael has secured more than $90 million in court awards for his clients.

Since asbestos-related cancers take several decades to develop after a person inhales asbestos fibers, Michael prides himself on being able to investigate the client’s entire exposure history to determine where the client’s exposures to asbestos occurred. Most individuals are exposed to asbestos in an industrial setting like a steel mill, chemical plant, power plant, or factory. However, exposure to asbestos can occur in any setting including industrial, residential and school buildings.  With a very unique talent for knowing what types of products contain asbestos and an extensive understanding of how exposures occur at work, home, or even at school (K-12 and university buildings) Michael will then file suit against all responsible parties including the client’s employers that used asbestos containing products in the workplace as well as the manufacturer, supplier, or producer of asbestos containing equipment that the employer utilized in their operations.

Michael will also file suit against any responsible companies who sold asbestos-containing products which the client may have been exposed to in the home. Finally, Michael will do an extensive search to determine if the client attended any schools which were contaminated with asbestos building products and will file suit against the school district or university where the exposures occurred.

Asbestos cases are very complicated and Michael has an incredible drive and passion to bring justice on behalf of his clients and their families.  If you or a family member have been diagnosed with  Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Esophageal Cancer and Asbestosis call Michael today for a free consultation.


Jackalyn Rochelle

Jackalyn “Jackie” Rochelle has dedicated her career to the effective and conscientious representation of individuals and families affected by asbestos-related diseases. She has over 17 years of experience and leadership handling matters for people all over the country whose lives have been impacted by the carcinogen asbestos. She sees cases through from intake to trial, and has secured millions of dollars in settlements and awards for her clients and their families. She is barred in Illinois, Missouri, and California.

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