New York Asbestos Attorney
Mesothelioma cancer is deadliest of the asbestos caused diseases, but there are many others. asbestosis, lung cancer, COPD and chronic bronchitis are additional diseases that can be traced back to asbestos exposure. New York residents who have developed an asbestos related disease have a number of legal options available to them. Our attorneys are familiar with New York mesothelioma law cases as well as the applicable federal statutes and rulings.
Individuals who have suffered as the result of asbestos exposure can file a liability claim against one or more of the asbestos companies that have set up trust funds to compensate those that have been injured. Another option is filing a lawsuit against a former employer who manufactured products containing asbestos or who allowed asbestos exposure in the workplace. The third option is filing several legal actions, which is what many New York residents have chosen to do.
New York Mesothelioma Lawsuits
The term â€œasbestos lung cancerâ€? generally refers to mesothelioma, a lethal malignancy for which the only known cause is asbestos. The initial symptoms are usually shortness of breath, a persistent cough and tightness in the chest, followed by pleural effusion.
A few facts:
â€¢ Mesothelioma has a latency period of twenty to fifty years. You may have recently developed asbestos cancer from a job you left decades ago.
â€¢ About 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed annually in the U.S. despite the fact that asbestos products were taken off the market in the 1970s and 1980s.
â€¢ Because of the long latency period mesothelioma is often not diagnosed until the disease has developed to a late stage.
â€¢ The courts in most states understand the urgency of a mesothelioma lawsuit and often will help expedite it. New York courts are generally reasonable about an attorneyâ€™s request for rapid proceedings on behalf of a gravely ill client.
Asbestos Claims in New York
New York has pockets of industry scattered across the state that grew to maturity during the days when asbestos was a popular and widely used product due to its fire resistant properties, insulating properties and its fibrous flexibility and toughness. In Brooklyn Bethlehem Steel, the Brooklyn Naval Shipyard, Todd Shipyard and Brooklyn Coastal Shipyard were all sites where workers suffered heavy asbestos exposure.
Eastman Kodak in Rochester, the Schlitz Brewery in Baldwinsville, Latex Fiber in Beaver Falls, Dunlop Tire in Buffalo, Union Carbide in Port Chester, General Electric in Schenectady â€“ all these are just examples of the extensive locations list for businesses that used asbestos products that their employees encountered on a daily basis.
National Experience with Asbestos Compensation
Asbestos claims are often filed against more than one company in more than one state. The regulations can vary â€“ however our attorneys are familiar with the claim requirements for every liable asbestos company that has set aside funds to pay claims. We can provide a quick analysis of your case and get the necessary legal work in motion quickly â€“ at no charge.
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