Although there are low levels of asbestos in our food, water, and even the air we breathe, it is seldom in sufficient quantities to make us ill. Certain types of blue collar workers, however are often exposed to asbestos in the course of their daily work. They include:
- Construction: General construction employees use asbestos-based products in their daily work: drywall, insulation, caulking, and shingles, to name a few.
- Industrial Facilities: Industrial plants and facilities of all kinds, from power plants to oil refineries, use high levels of asbestos in their daily operations.
- Mining: Workers in underground mines can breathe in large quantities of asbestos dust every day, thanks to the poor ventilation present in subterranean conditions.
- Auto Mechanics: Asbestos fibers frequently become airborne during automotive installations and inspections, landing on auto parts such as clutches and brake pads.
- Railroads: Railroad workers routinely handle and replace asbestos-based insulation while maintaining the boilers, steam pipes, and other components critical to daily operations.
Unfortunately, one of the potential results of frequent exposure is mesothelioma, a rare cancer that can go undiagnosed until it is too late. Approximately 3,000 new cases of this debilitating and usually fatal illness are diagnosed each year.
When you breathe in the tiny fibers, they can travel to the lining of your lungs and cause serious damage to the mesothelial cells in the lining. Although less common, swallowed or inhaled fibers can be trapped in the lining of the abdomen or in the pericardium, the lining around the heart cavity. What is especially troubling is that mesothelioma may not set in until up to 60 years after asbestos exposure, and the early symptoms mimic pneumonia and other non-fatal conditions. It can also appear in the family members of those who handle asbestos regularly.
If you were exposed to asbestos during the course of your employment, then you may be able to file a claim for workers’ compensation. You may even be able to initiate a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the asbestos product that caused your illness.
If you or your family has been diagnosed with mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure, then contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney to discuss your case. You may be entitled to compensation for medical costs and lost wages as well as damages resulting from the asbestos-related injuries. Your attorney will work with you to determine the cause of your illness and ensure that all parties responsible are held accountable.
Many financial recoveries and settlements have been awarded to mesothelioma victims and others who have been negatively affected by exposure to asbestos. A personal injury attorney can protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve. Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx, NY personal injury lawyer who has helped recover millions of dollars for his clients over the past 34 years. If your health was affected by the presence of asbestos, then you may be entitled to receive cash compensation. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more or call 718-514-6619.