According to the U.S. Office of Compliance, asbestos is the number-one cause of occupational cancer, including malignant mesothelioma, leading to 54 percent of those deaths. Since 1979, more than 43,000 Americans have died of asbestos-related diseases. New York alone is ranked fourth in the country for deaths from malignant mesothelioma cases.
What’s tragic about most of these deaths is that they were preventable. Workers typically become ill because of inhaling dangerous particles in the work place. Companies and contractors may have been negligent in protecting the safety of their workers, or may have knowingly exposed workers to health hazards.
Individuals suffering from asbestos-related diseases may benefit from a free consultation with asbestos lawyers in New York. The Sanders Firm knows the devastating impact of mesothelioma on New Yorkers, and is passionate about winning personal injury lawsuits for the victims and families of those exposed.
Types of Asbestos-Related Illnesses
According to the American Cancer Society, asbestos fibers are heat and fire resistant, and don’t conduct electricity, so they have been widely used in the construction, ship building, insulation, and auto industries since the late 1800s.
In the late 1970s, the United States passed laws limiting and controlling the use of asbestos, but workers continue to be exposed to fibers released from materials installed before the new laws were passed.
Asbestos-related illnesses typically result from the long-term exposure and accumulation of tiny asbestos fibers that become trapped in the lungs. Over time, these fibers can cause inflammation and scarring, affecting breathing and leading to health problems, including:
- Lung cancer
- Mesothelioma (cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen)
- Asbestosis (inflammatory condition of the lungs)
- Pleural plaques (changes in the membranes surrounding the lungs)
- Bening pleural effusions (abnormal fluid collections between the thin layers of tissue lining the lungs and wall of the chest cavity)
Asbestos exposure has also been linked to gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers, as well as an elevated risk for throat, kidney, esophagus, and gallbladder cancers.
Liability in an Asbestos Injury
Victims whose lives have been turned upside down from the results of asbestos exposure have already won substantial lawsuit settlements and verdicts in New York. Victims who had worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1940s and 1950s, for example, split a verdict of $75 million.
Companies who knowingly put workers at risk, even if they did so decades ago, need to be held accountable. A knowledgeable New York mesothelioma lawyer can help you gather the evidence you need to prove your case in court.
New York Asbestos Lawyers
New Yorkers diagnosed with asbestos-related disease may be eligible to win substantial monetary damages. The Sanders Firm is proud of its reputation of achieving multi-million dollar settlements in cases where companies were proven to be liable for the victim’s injuries.
File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit in New York
Those who work or previously worked at construction sites, steel mills, shipyards, and chemical and power plants may be most at risk for asbestos-related illnesses. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other serious illness related to asbestos exposure in Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, or Long Island, a New York asbestos lawyer can help.
The attorneys of The Sanders Law Firm have the depth of experience and resources it takes to be successful in asbestos litigation. Call toll-free: 1-800-Fair-Play (800-324-7752).