Asbestos exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma and other serious diseases such as asbestosis. Although there are laws intended to minimize the risk of asbestos exposure in homes, places of work, and other environments, negligence can occur, and can eventually lead to devastating and often fatal consequences. The mesothelioma lawyers at Douglas & London in New York, NY, can offer aggressive representation to help you collect compensation and hold responsible parties accountable. If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma, contact us online or call us at (212) 566-7500 to schedule a consultation.
Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that can be separated into thin, durable threads for use across many industries. These fibers are resistant to heat and fire and thus was widely used in insulation, roofing materials, ceiling and floor tiles, automotive brake pads, paint, and plastics.
Although there are laws intended to minimize the risk of asbestos exposure in homes, places of work, and other environments, negligence can occur, and can eventually lead to devastating and often fatal consequences.
The Environmental Protection Agency has banned the use of asbestos in many products, but many others can legally contain it. When products that contain asbestos, such as flooring tiles, are disturbed or damaged, the asbestos fibers are released into the air. When one has inhaled air contaminated with asbestos, these fibers can cause scarring and inflammation of the lungs over time.
Who is at Risk for Asbestos Exposure and Disease?
Those exposed to asbestos on a regular basis face the greatest risks. In most cases, these are workers who come in contact with asbestos on the job or were exposed at a previous place of employment. Workers in the shipbuilding industry, the asbestos mining, and milling industry, and those who work in industries that manufacture products containing asbestos can face a significant risk. Others at high risk of asbestos exposure include those who work in demolition, construction, asbestos removal, firefighters, and those who work in the automobile industry.
In some cases, the families of these workers may also be at risk. Asbestos can become trapped in clothing and hair, which can result in a worker bringing the asbestos into the home, placing his or her family at risk. Federal regulations often require workers to wear protective gear and clothing or to shower before leaving work and keep clean clothes in an isolated area. Those who smoke or have a pre-existing lung condition face a greater risk of developing an asbestos-related disease following exposure.
Because it can take decades for symptoms to become apparent, they are difficult to diagnose and treat. It is believed that the amount and duration of exposure can have a significant impact on the severity of the asbestos-related disease that later develops. The size and shape of the fibers and the source of the exposure can also have an impact.
Who is Responsible?
Although the use of asbestos remains abundant, there are strict regulations regarding the way products containing asbestos are manufactured, handled, and eventually disposed of. This means that when mesothelioma and other conditions are diagnosed, it could be due to manufacturers or employers failing to follow these regulations. In other instances, these parties may have knowingly placed consumers or employees in danger at some point in time.
Why Hire Douglas & London?
Treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions is incredibly costly in many ways. Patients and their families face insurmountable medical bills, and a resulting death could leave families without a source of income, among other significant losses. Our attorneys can help you and your family receive fair and just compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and more. Many companies and other entities have trust funds for the express purpose of compensating those who have suffered due to asbestos exposure and claiming these funds do not always require going to court. However, claims should always be filed with great care and intimate knowledge of the laws surrounding asbestos. Our attorneys are prepared to demonstrate the full extent of your losses, as well as the circumstances that led to those losses in order to ensure that you and your family receive maximum compensation.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a disease related to asbestos exposure, contact us via our website or call (212) 566-7500 to schedule a free consultation. We are passionate about helping those who have suffered hardships due to the negligence of others, and our attorneys are prepared to help you and your loved ones rebuild your lives.