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For many years, asbestos was a popular product, widely used in several American industries. It was dubbed 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 profit margins with asbestos were high. Industry-wide corporations and large companies chose to continue its use without regard to human exposure.

Decades later, our New York workers’ compensation law firm is seeing thousands who are paying the price for a decision they had no part in making. People 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 your loved one has developed lung cancer or any disease related to asbestos poisoning, call the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff PLLC, immediately. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience in asbestos litigation, and they can help you pursue the financial compensation you deserve.

What were the most common sources of asbestos exposure in American industries?

Many different trades and industries 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
  • Railroads
  • Shipyards
  • Insulation
  • Construction
  • Manufacturers of flame-retardant materials

It was also common for household items to contain asbestos through the 1970’s. If you worked in a plant that manufactured toasters, hairdryers, duct tape, or other products containing flame retardant material, you may have suffered asbestos exposure.

What makes asbestos 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 can cause scarring and other damage. It is not uncommon to develop tumors or full-blown cancer after asbestos exposure.

How long does it take to exhibit symptoms of asbestos poisoning after exposure?

Each case is different, and the time frame will vary, depending on many factors. These factors may include severity of exposure, length of exposure, and how long ago exposure occurred. 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 are the 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, 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, 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 you worked for that disregarded the necessary safety precautions will pay for all your medical expenses. Many of these companies are still in business today. Several 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.

Call a skilled New York asbestos law firm 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. They made a decision that was not theirs to make, putting profit ahead of human health. Now, thousands of individuals and their families are paying the price. It is time to hold these corporations responsible for the tragedy 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. We will answer all your questions and aggressively assert your rights within the legal system. Our attorneys at MSL have secured more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

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