Before safety regulations were in place in the 1980s, many Pennsylvania workers were exposed regularly to mineral fibers toxic to their health. Symptoms of asbestos injuries commonly remain dormant for 20 to 50 years. Consequently, asbestos attorneys are seeing a significant number of asbestos-related diagnoses today due to workplace harm caused in the past.
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit consumer health advocate, asserts the rate of asbestos diseases and deaths has reached epidemic U.S. proportions. EWG studied government statistics, indicating the asbestos death rate was more than 9,900 victims per year. That figure is not projected to decline until sometime around 2025.