For over 30 years Scranton PA mesothelioma attorney David Halpern has been actively representing the rights of victims of asbestos exposure.
Halpern has investigated, litigated, and settled hundreds of mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer cases. The Halpern Law Firm is dedicated to helping asbestos exposure victims in Scranton and Wilkes Barre and their families get the compensation they deserve.
Scranton, PA, Mesothelioma Attorney
Scranton, Pennsylvania, has a rich history filled with industry, culture, landmarks, and even television show references. But are you aware of Scranton’s history with asbestos exposure and mesothelioma?
Understanding Scranton’s past and existing problems with asbestos exposure can help you be aware of any exposure-related issues you may be experiencing. If you have any health conditions directly related to asbestos exposure, you may be able to receive compensation.
Contact our Scranton, PA, mesothelioma attorney team for more information and to schedule a consultation.
Scranton is the county seat of Lackawanna County. As of 2020, the city had a population of over 76,000, making Scranton the largest town in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Scranton has an extensive industrial history. Nicknamed “The Electric City,” Scranton was one of the first cities in the U.S. to utilize electricity. In 1880, the country’s first streetcars powered by electricity began operating in Scranton.
Several coal and textile mills operated in Scranton during World War II, meeting the increased demand for these resources. Still today, Scranton is home to major manufacturing plants like North American Manufacturing and Advanced Textile Composites.
History of Asbestos / Mesothelioma in Scranton
As in many cities throughout Pennsylvania, Scranton has experienced several severe instances of asbestos exposure. According to Asbestos Nation, Lackawanna County has seen 304 asbestos-related deaths since 1999, averaging 16 deaths per year.
One of the most notable instances of asbestos exposure in Scranton occurred in the city’s schools. In 2020, a grand jury investigation into the Scranton School District found dangerous asbestos and lead contamination in several Scranton schools.
At this time, the former district superintendent and two other school officials were charged with child endangerment after allegedly knowing of dangerous asbestos levels since 2016.
According to the allegations, these former district officials knew of dangerous asbestos levels in numerous locations throughout district schools. Unfortunately, they failed to take the necessary actions to reduce them.
An environmental engineer allegedly found 74 places in district buildings that contained asbestos “near the highest levels of danger.” Several ceilings throughout these district buildings had collapsed over the previous few years, raining asbestos dust and plaster directly onto students and staff. This dust then circulated throughout the school.
In 2021, the court reduced the charges against the district’s superintendent and dropped charges against the other two school officials. However, the damage had already been done, leaving countless school employees and students exposed to dangerous asbestos levels for several years.
Have You Experienced Asbestos Exposure In Scranton?
Asbestos exposure can lead to a range of severe illnesses. One of the most common illnesses resulting from prolonged asbestos exposure is mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a cancerous tumor within the lungs, stomach, or heart. This cancer often produces symptoms such as:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Painful coughing
- Abdominal pain
- Unexplained weight loss
Unfortunately, while some mesothelioma treatments are available, it is cancer and is incurable for many sufferers.
Asbestos exposure can also create illnesses such as:
- Lung cancer
- Pleural effusions
- Kidney, throat, and gastrointestinal cancers
- Scarring of the lung linings
Many of these illnesses can take between 20 and 50 years after asbestos exposure to develop.
About Attorney David Halpern
David Halpern has a commitment to leaving no stone unturned. He is involved in every case meeting and preparing clients, sending out a discovery to defendants, and taking corporate depositions. His discovery often involves site inspections and document inspections at the worksites clients have worked at. This type of commitment and dedication ensures the companies at fault are held responsible for their actions and has resulted in many millions of dollars recovered for Pennsylvania and New Jersey asbestos cancer victims.
Dave Halpern is an expert in asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits. He has represented and fought for hundreds of clients throughout his career, with a sole focus on helping victims of corporate negligence. He is still working on behalf of clients and their families, ensuring they get justice and can hold those responsible accountable for the harm they caused.
Prior to starting his own firm, David Halpern worked for a nationally recognized asbestos plaintiff’s firm in Philadelphia. His legal achievements include being part of a team that obtained a verdict on behalf of two mesothelioma victims for over $18 million.
David B. Halpern is a graduate of Temple University in 1984 and Delaware Law School in 1987. Following graduation in 1987, he clerked for one year for the Honorable Michael R. Stiles in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. David Halperin is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
How Our Firm Can Help
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any of the above illnesses and experienced asbestos exposure in Scranton, you may be able to seek compensation. Attorney David Halpern at the Halpern Law Firm has over 30 years of experience successfully representing clients like you.
Attorney David Halpern has won over $100 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients and will fight for adequate compensation for your medical expenses and pain and suffering. Contact the Halpern Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.
Scranton office is located at:
210 Montage Mountain Rd #7
Moosic PA 18507