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Pennsylvania worker claims lung cancer caused by asbestos contact

A worker who claims his lung cancer diagnosis is related to his longtime work with asbestos-containing products filed a mass tort complaint in Pennsylvania court on April 26th. The lawsuit names 17 different companies where exposure to asbestos supposedly took place.

The worker's different occupations have included time spent in Pennsylvania as a laborer. He has also worked in the automobile industry, and he performed naval work during the early 1960s. The companies he worked for include a number of pump manufacturers, an electrical company and work for a systems manufacturer. All of these companies have been named in the complaint prepared by his attorney and presumably involved the use of asbestos.

Exposure to asbestos is associated with a number of different lung afflictions. Occupations dealing with brakes on automobiles, accessories to products, and steel components have also long been tied to a number of respiratory diseases likely brought on by asbestos exposure.

A major concern when anyone brings forth an asbestos exposure claim relates to just how many other individuals have also been exposed. A large number of workers in the Pittsburgh area have worked at similar jobs as those mentioned above and if one person demonstrates symptoms of asbestos related diseases, many others have likely been exposed as well.

The above matter likely will not be an open-and-shut case, however. Though he does suffer from lung cancer, his attorney revealed that he had also been a pack a day smoker from 1957 through 2006. The worker's attorney will need to demonstrate at trial through evidence that the lung cancer was more likely than not caused by asbestos exposure.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Florida lung cancer victim files asbestos mass tort claim in Philadelphia," by Jon Campisi, May 2, 2013

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