New York Asbestos & Lung Cancer Attorneys
For many years, asbestos was a highly sought after and widely used product in several American industries. It was dubbed as a miracle product and used throughout the early twentieth century even though early studies showed it was harmful to humans. These studies were often swept aside and kept quiet by large corporations because the profit margins were too high. Industry-wide corporations and large companies chose to continue the use of asbestos without regard to human exposure. Decades later, thousands are paying the price for a decision they had no part in making. Those who worked in these industries without personal protective equipment suffered long-term asbestos exposure and are now exhibiting multiple signs of asbestos poisoning and lung cancer.
If you or a loved one have developed lung cancer or any of the other diseases related to asbestos poisoning, it is important to call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, immediately. Our highly skilled attorneys have extensive experience in asbestos litigation, and they can help get you the financial compensation that you deserve.
What are the most common sources of asbestos exposure in American industries?
There were many different trades and industries that utilized asbestos and asbestos-containing products. Although it is impossible to list them all, some of the most common industries include:
- Oil refineries
- Automobile manufacturers
- Manufacturers of flame retardant material
It was also common for many household items to contain asbestos even up through the 1970’s. If you worked in a plant that manufactured toasters, hairdryers, duct tape, or other products that would have utilized flame retardant material, then you may have suffered asbestos exposure.
Why is asbestos exposure so harmful to humans?
The same characteristics that make asbestos so desirable also make it deadly. The thin, flexible fibers lay dormant until they are disturbed. Once disturbed, small microscopic particles dissipate into the air and are inhaled by unsuspecting workers. When these particles are inhaled, they settle into the lining of the lungs and abdomen where they cause scarring and other damage. It is not uncommon to develop tumors and even full blown cancer.
How long does it take to exhibit symptoms of asbestos poisoning after exposure?
Each and every case is different and will vary depending on many factors. These factors may include the severity of exposure, the length of time exposed, and how long ago that exposure was. Many studies have concluded that it can take anywhere from fifteen to fifty years to exhibit symptoms of asbestos poisoning or for those symptoms to develop into a full-blown disease.
What type of diseases can I develop after long-term asbestos exposure?
Diseases developed after long-term asbestos exposure can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, full blown lung cancer and asbestos-induced gastrointestinal cancer are some of the most serious diseases seen on a regular basis. These are directly related to asbestos exposure. There are more than a dozen others, such as COPD, that do not seem to have a direct relationship. However, studies have shown that asbestos exposure increases a person’s risk for these types of illnesses. The bottom line is that asbestos either increases the risk or causes more than a dozen illnesses that can be life-threatening.
What are some symptoms of asbestos poisoning?
There are many different symptoms that may indicate asbestos poisoning. Although not everyone who is exposed to asbestos will contract an illness, many people do. What follows are some of the many symptoms related to asbestos poisoning. If you or a loved one worked with asbestos in the past and begin to exhibit any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately.
- Chest pain or tightness
- A cough that persists
- Unexplained weight loss
- Hoarseness or wheezing that does not get better
- Extreme fatigue
- Coughing up bloody phlegm
After seeking the proper medical attention, you should also contact The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC. You may be due financial compensation that will help you get the medical care you need.
Who will pay for my medical costs?
Ideally, the company that you worked for who disregarded the necessary safety precautions will pay for all of your necessary expenses. Many of these companies are still in business today. However, several of them have closed their doors or filed bankruptcy. In many cases, the courts required these companies to set up trust funds to pay valid asbestos-related claims before bankruptcy was granted. This means that either the company will pay, an insurance company will pay, or the money will come from a trust fund set up for asbestos exposure victims.
What damages may I be awarded?
Please keep in mind that every claim is different and treated on an individual basis. However, the victim of a valid asbestos exposure claim may be awarded damages such as past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, travel costs for medical treatment, and possibly even restitution for mental anguish.
Call an experienced New York asbestos lawyer today
Asbestos-related claims are a tragedy that should never have occurred in the first place. Companies knew and dismissed the dangers of long-term asbestos exposure, and they made a decision that was not theirs to make, putting profit ahead of human health. Now, thousands of families are paying the price, and it is time to hold the corporations responsible for the tragedy that your family has endured. Call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, today. Our experienced New York asbestos lawyers will help you preserve your rights and maximize your claim. They understand what a difficult and delicate time this must be for your family so they will answer all of your questions and aggressively assert your rights within the legal system. You can call the toll free number at (877) 675-4529 to set up your initial consultation, or you can fill out our consultation request form and we will get in touch with you shortly. Don’t wait another day. Call an aggressive New York asbestos lawyer with extensive experience and a track record of success.