There is longstanding legal precedent for holding employers accountable when current and former workers are stricken with asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.
Few things can make a person shudder more quickly than hearing the word "asbestos" from a contractor or home inspector.
What do you envision when you hear terms such as "asbestos", "mesothelioma" and "occupational illness"? Chances are you picture a grizzled veteran of the factory, quickly approaching a retirement that will be ruined by a catastrophic diagnosis of an incurable illness.
Most people do not have to worry about suffering from illnesses due to asbestos. Even people who have been exposed to asbestos are not usually exposed to it often enough to suffer any serious health issues. But for those who work around asbestos or are regularly exposed, issues like lung cancer and mesothelioma could be serious concerns that may even be fatal. In addition to the negative health effects that these issues could bring, victims of asbestos exposure will likely be facing large amounts of unexpected medical bills which could put them in a financial hole.
A Pennsylvania family was dealt a blow in March 2015 when their wrongful death lawsuit was quashed because they did not file the litigation within the time frame specified in the statute of limitations. Wrongful death lawsuits should be brought within two years under Pennsylvania law, and the state's Superior Court was tasked with deciding if this time limit applied to cases involving asbestos exposure and when the two years should begin.