Weitz & Luxenberg had one primary mission when it was founded in the 1980s: to help people who had been diagnosed with the rare but deadly cancer mesothelioma. This entirely preventable cancer is specifically linked to asbestos exposure.
We were incensed that corporations had knowingly exposed people to this known carcinogen. And we still are.
National Mesothelioma Law Firm with Pennsylvania Focus
Weitz & Luxenberg was founded more than 30 years ago, to help people diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer after asbestos exposure.
W&L has now grown into one of the largest personal injury and mass tort law firms in the Philadelphia and New York areas. Our outlook is both local and national, so our clients in Pennsylvania get the best possible representation.
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We have a strong local presence in Pennsylvania. Our attorneys live and work in Pennsylvania. The local legal community knows us. W&L attorneys are in court frequently, and we have relationships with the judges and standing mediator. When we are dealing with Pennsylvania jurors, we relate to them as part of our own community.
Our mesothelioma lawyers in Pennsylvania are fully prepared to represent people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma throughout the state and in neighboring regions.
With offices near Philadelphia, we know the region very well. Our specialized Pennsylvania mesothelioma lawyers have in-depth knowledge of and experience with of Pennsylvania asbestos regulations.
Local Expertise; Nationwide Asbestos-Exposure Experience
We also have a strong presence on the national asbestos litigation scene. W&L is the leading plaintiffs’ asbestos firm in New York City — the most-active jurisdiction in the world for asbestos exposure.
The massive verdicts we get for our clients in NYC give us leverage when we are negotiating with the same offending companies in Pennsylvania. Our reputation and size lets us dominate in many legal settings.
Pennsylvania Asbestos Verdicts & Settlements
Attorneys from Weitz & Luxenberg have been helping clients in Pennsylvania for more than 20 years. We are proud to say that we have successfully gotten financial compensation for thousands of victims of asbestos exposure.
Our mesothelioma attorneys who litigate in Pennsylvania regularly receive millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Firmwide, W&L settlements and verdicts total $17 billion for our clients.
Some of our Pennsylvania settlements include victories for:
Asbestos-Exposure Related Deaths in Pennsylvania
Between 1999 and 2013, more than 14,200 people in Pennsylvania died from asbestos-related diseases. Of these, 2,600 deaths were due to mesothelioma.(1)
Nearly 1,300 people died from another asbestos-exposure disease called asbestosis. In addition, more than 10,400 died from asbestos lung cancer.
As you might suspect, the greatest number of deaths from asbestos-related disease occurred in the more industrialized regions of the state, including:
Counties in Pennsylvania with the greatest number of asbestos-related deaths include:
- Allegheny County — 1,616.
- Philadelphia County — 1,345.
- Montgomery County — 1,272.
- Delaware County — 1,078.
Pennsylvania Asbestos Regulations
In Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulates how businesses collect, remove, transport, and dispose of asbestos-containing materials. The DEP does not regulate how owners of private residences remove and dispose of asbestos-containing materials. The exception to this rule is apartment buildings with five or more units.(2)
Townships or boroughs in Pennsylvania may also operate under their own local regulations. Residents and businesses should contact their local township or borough for more information.
In addition, the Department of Labor and Industry is responsible for enforcing Pennsylvania’s Asbestos Occupations Accreditation and Certification Act of 1990. This law requires at least a five-day notification of any asbestos project and certification for:
- Management planners.
- Project designers.
Federal Asbestos Regulations
Pennsylvania must also adhere to federal asbestos regulations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for regulating asbestos under the following legislation:(3)
- Clean Air Act (CAA).
- Clean Water Act (CWA).
- Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
- Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
- Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).
- Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the EPA prohibits the manufacture and use of asbestos in certain products. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the use of asbestos in indirect food additives, adhesives, and components of coatings and polymers. The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act specifies these restrictions and guidelines.
Examples of banned asbestos products and uses include:(4)
- Corrugated paper.
- Commercial paper.
- Specialty paper.
- Flooring felt.
- Certain types of asbestos pipe insulation and asbestos block insulation.
- Spray-applied surfacing asbestos-containing materials.
- Spray-on application of certain materials.
Asbestos in Pennsylvania
Before the formation of the EPA, builders may have used building products and insulation materials that contained asbestos in homes. Most of these kinds of products made today do not contain asbestos.(5)
Common asbestos-containing products may include:
- Insulation around steam pipes, furnaces, and air ducts.
- Vinyl floor covering and adhesives.
- Roof shingles and siding.
- Patching and joint compounds.
- Door gaskets in furnaces.
- Textured paints.
- Soundproofing or decorative material sprayed on walls and ceilings.
If you have an older home, you may have asbestos-containing products in your home. However, if those products are in good condition, you are advised to leave them alone.
Problems arise when asbestos-containing products are damaged or disturbed. Airborne asbestos particles or dust particles that you breathe in are hazardous. For some, breathing in asbestos-containing fibers can lead to mesothelioma and other asbestos-exposure diseases.
Certain parts of your car may also contain asbestos. Working on cars, and replacing these parts, may expose you to asbestos. These automobile parts include:
- Brake pads and linings.
- Clutch facings.
Well-Known Pennsylvania Asbestos Sites
The following sites in Pennsylvania are well-known for using, processing, or exposing people to asbestos. Many are located in and around the Philadelphia area. Asbestos offenders include shipyards and industrial sites such as chemical companies and manufacturing sites, power stations, and refineries.
- Willow Station, Philadelphia.
- Schuylkill Station, Philadelphia.
- Cromby Station, Philadelphia.
- Delaware Station, Philadelphia.
- 28th & Christian, Philadelphia.
- Edison Steam Plant, Philadelphia.
- Fuel Oil Facility, Philadelphia.
- Eddystone Station, Eddystone.
- Peach Bottom Nuclear Generating Station.
- Limerick Nuclear Generating Station.
- Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant.
- Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station, Londonderry Township.
- Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), Philadelphia.
- Gulf Refinery, Philadelphia.
- Sun Oil Co., Marcus Hook.
- BP Oil Refinery, Trainer.
- Sunoco, Marcus Hook.
- Getty Oil, Philadelphia.
- Budd Company, Philadelphia.
- Pennsylvania Sugar, Philadelphia.
- Scott Paper Co., Chester.
- General Electric.
- Westinghouse Electric.
- Bethlehem Steel.
- Fairless Steel, Fairless Hills.
- Alan Wood Steel.
- Nicholson, Philadelphia.
- U.S. Steel, Pittsburgh and Fairless Hills.
- Allegheny Ludlum, Bagdad and Leechburg.
- Rohm and Hass, Bristol and Bridesburg.
- Westinghouse, Lester.
- American Can, Chambersburg.
- Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (PNSY), Philadelphia.
- Allied Chemical, Philadelphia.
- Public Ledger Building, Philadelphia.
- U.S. Customs Building, Philadelphia.
- Wanamaker Building, Marcus Hook.
- Abington High School, Abington.
- Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry.
- Philadelphia General Hospital, Philadelphia.
- Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia.
- University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.
- University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
- Temple University, Philadelphia.
- Drexel University, Philadelphia.
- Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.
- Girard College, Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania Lawyers Litigate in Asbestos Courtrooms
Pennsylvania, like all other states, determines how to handle its own lawsuits. Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center opened in 1992 in City Hall. This Center was the first courthouse in the U.S. designed exclusively for complex, mass tort cases.
The Honorable Arnold L. New is the Center’s Coordinating Judge. He is assisted by attorney Stanley Thompson, the Director of the Complex Litigation Center.
Unlike in the neighboring state of New Jersey, Judge New does not personally preside over asbestos trials – he runs the overall program. Asbestos trials are held throughout City Hall. One recent venue for our W&L attorneys was in Courtroom 275, in front of Judge Powell.
The Complex Litigation Center falls under the jurisdiction of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. Its location in City Hall puts it in the in the heart of the city of Philadelphia.
Our W&L attorneys correspond regularly with the Coordinating Judge. The Director meets weekly with our attorneys to announce the Judge’s decisions regarding our requests related to asbestos cases.
Experienced Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Lawyers
Our knowledgeable Pennsylvania asbestos lawyers work out of our office in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, close to Philadelphia. This is just one of our offices located across the country.
We understand the widespread use of asbestos nationwide. Because we have been handling mesothelioma cases for more than 30 years, we offer our clients a thorough knowledge of the industry and awareness of the damage asbestos can do.
Should you decide to contact our Weitz & Luxenberg office covering the Pennsylvania region, you may have the opportunity to work with one of these experienced mesothelioma attorneys:
Jerry Kristal — oversees our office that handles our Pennsylvania cases. He has achieved some of the biggest wins on behalf of our clients. His victories total more $70 million. He is also noted for being designated a Super Lawyer.
Len Feldman — is one of our notable asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys. He has secured seven-figure settlements and victories on behalf of our clients diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-exposure diseases.
Robert Silverman — provides than 40 years of hard-won litigation experience. He specializes in asbestos and mesothelioma law and in fighting the good fight at trial. A Pennsylvania native, he wants to get justice for all of our valued clients.
Alex Eiden — researches each cases to make sure the correct companies pay for harm that’s been done to our clients. His dedication and tenacity are a welcome key component of our successful team.
Mary Gaffney — holds top honors as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and “Top 10 under 40,” among other accolades. She has led hundreds of bench and jury trials, with multimillion-dollar results.
Contact an Asbestos Lawyer in Pennsylvania
Have you been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-exposure disease?
If you were diagnosed while living or working in Pennsylvania, we encourage you to call a W&L mesothelioma attorney for a free consultation about how we can help you pursue your lawsuit.
Alternatively, you may complete the form on this page to reach a Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma attorney in Pennsylvania.