Inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers over a period of time can place you at risk for developing mesothelioma, lung cancer, or another asbestos-related disorder. The chances are greater of being diagnosed with an illness if you’ve worked on construction sites or older-model automobiles, in factories, on ships, or any other workplace that exposed you to asbestos-containing materials. If you are seeking compensation for your asbestos-related illness or your asbestos claim has been denied, the New York City asbestos and lung cancer attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. are here to help.
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Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals found in the environment that can be separated into threads. These fibers were used in building materials and vehicles because of their resistance to heat, fire, and chemicals. Asbestos was later found to be a human carcinogen — a cancer-causing agent. People who develop asbestos-related cancers have been regularly exposed to the fibers through a job or by living in an older home that was built using materials containing asbestos.
According to studies, there has been evidence suggesting family members of workers heavily exposed to asbestos are also at risk for developing mesothelioma due to the fibers brought in their home. The World Trade Center Health Registry also estimates about 410,000 people were exposed to asbestos and other toxins during the rescue, recovery, and cleanup following the tragic September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses include:
It can take anywhere from 10 to 40 years before asbestos-related symptoms appear.
Some employers have set up trust funds for asbestos victims, but others will require legal action if employees want to recover damages. Our New York City workers’ compensation lawyers are skilled in handling asbestos and lung cancer claims and know how to negotiate favorable settlements on behalf of our clients. We also handle wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of surviving family members of asbestos victims.
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or another asbestos-related illness, contact The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. as soon as possible. You only have three years from the time of a diagnosis to file a lawsuit under New York law, so do not waste any time. Survivors of asbestos victims have up to two years to file wrongful death claims.
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