Asbestos Lawyers NY
Asbestos Lawyers NY
New York has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related death in the USA. Because, many old buildings of the NYC, which are going through remodeling projects, were insulated with the asbestos materials a long time ago. Back then, asbestos was the leading building insulating material and the people who used it had no idea about the harm that exposure to asbestos fibers can cause to a person. But now, we know that asbestos is a carcinogen, can cause serious injury and so people need asbestos lawyers if and when harmed by the adverse side-effects of its use.
Unfortunately, it can take a long time for symptoms and conditions resulting from asbestos exposure to appear. You could have been exposed to harmful asbestos materials ten, twenty five, or fifty years ago, and only just now seeing signs of asbestos-exposure related problems. If you or one of your near and dear ones has contracted any asbestos-related disease, please contact an experienced New York asbestos exposure attorney among the renowned asbestos lawyers to discuss your case.
Results of Exposure
Asbestos is a seriously dangerous substance that poses significant health risks if inhaled. Exposure to asbestos can cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, chronic lung conditions, among other lung problems, breathing issues and health complications. Mesothelioma is a rare but serious form of cancer, that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos material, in which cancerous cells develop in the lining of the chest cavity, cavity around the heart, or abdominal cavity.
Any of the above identified asbestos-exposure related conditions can cause a change in the way that lung tissue is supposed to operate, and can cause serious breathing problems, such as shortness of breath and difficulty fully expanding the lungs when you breath. Asbestos exposure cases are unique because it generally takes anywhere from 15 to 50 years after an initial exposure to asbestos for the signs and symptoms of the disease to show up.
Where Does Exposure Occur?
Asbestos exposure is common for those who have worked in facilities such as power plants, oil refineries, and chemical companies. Former construction workers, construction contractors, carpenters, electricians, boilermakers, shipyard workers, and insulation installers are all at risk for developing asbestos-exposure related illnesses as well. These workers were often exposed to asbestos material as part of their job duties, and had no idea that it was potentially harmful. Asbestos exposure also happens when asbestos insulation is disturbed or removed from old buildings. Asbestos products have also been used in schools, public housing, office buildings, churches.
Asbestos can be found in many different products, including insulation, plaster, joint compound, gaskets, auto brakes, and rope. If you have worked with these products, you are at risk for asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma and other diseases generally only appear after prolonged exposure to the asbestos material, but sometimes brief but intense exposure can also cause these serious and life-threatening diseases. Asbestos-related diseases can also result from second-hand exposure to asbestos. For instance, family members can be exposed to asbestos when a worker comes home with asbestos particles or fibers on his or her clothing.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an asbestos-exposure related injury, it will be important to prove when and where you were exposed to the asbestos material. For instance, if you handled asbestos as part of your job thirty five years ago, and now have mesothelioma, it will be important to conduct a thorough investigation into your former employment situation to determine if your employer knew that you were handling asbestos material.
Your lawyer will look for old business records and work reports to show that you in fact handled asbestos material during the course of your job. Also, if possible, it will be important to collect witness testimony from your former employer or former coworkers about your interactions with asbestos materials while on the job. Evidence to this effect will be helpful in establishing liability on the part of your employer for your asbestos exposure-related injuries.
If you or a loved one have developed an asbestos-related disease, please contact us at Ask Your Lawyers for an initial consultation. Asbestos exposure injuries are serious, and you deserve the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to for the harm you have suffered, your injuries, and the medical care that you need. Let us help you hold those who are liable to you for your asbestos exposure accountable for the harm that they have caused you and your family.