If you suffer from asbestos-related injuries, whether through exposure on the job site or other circumstances, securing a financial recovery might be possible. This could cover your medical care costs and more. A lawyer from our team who handles asbestos exposure injury cases in New York ready and able to help.
To learn what options you have for recovering damages related to your exposure and diagnosis, let our Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. team review your legal options today during a free, no-risk consultation.
In This Article
- Recoverable Damages Based on Your Asbestos Exposure Injury
- How an Asbestos Exposure Injury Lawyer in New York City Can Help You
- Common Ways People Experience High Levels of Asbestos Exposure
- Injuries and Medical Conditions Linked to Asbestos Exposure
- Speak with Our Team About Your New York City Asbestos Exposure Case
Recoverable Damages Based on Your Asbestos Exposure Injury
Asbestos exposure has serious consequences for your health, and significant exposure causes scarring of the lungs and possibly cancer. If you or someone you love is suffering from a condition related to asbestos exposure, compensation might be available.
Some common damages that victims recover in asbestos exposure and mesothelioma claims include:
- Medical expenses, including surgeries, doctor’s examinations, medications, procedures, and therapies
- Lost wages
- Future wages if you cannot return to work
- Pain and suffering
If your family member passed away because of an asbestos exposure-related medical condition, we offer you our heartfelt condolences. We would be honored and privileged to have our team represent your family in a wrongful death claim based on their exposure to asbestos. We are dedicated to winning the compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves.
Types of recoverable damages after a wrongful death include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical costs you incurred for your loved one
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium (These are the special types of losses, recognized by law, that a person experiences when their spouse has suffered a wrongful death accident.)
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How an Asbestos Exposure Injury Lawyer in New York City Can Help You
We understand you are experiencing pain due to your asbestos exposure, related diagnosis, or the death of your family member. We also understand how overwhelming it is to see a growing pile of medical expenses, especially if your earning potential was lost or diminished because of your condition.
Here are a few ways our team will help:
Keep You Updated
We are here to help by taking the burden of pursuing damages off your shoulders so you can focus on your own health. Let us handle your claim and keep you updated throughout the process.
Identify Liable Parties
Asbestos exposure claims are often complex. It is challenging to determine the liable party in many situations. However, our team of asbestos exposure lawyers knows the necessary steps to take to identify the responsible parties and seek compensation based on exposure claims.
Communicate with All Parties for You
Our legal team will communicate with other lawyers and insurance companies on your behalf. When the time is right, an experienced and dedicated asbestos exposure lawyer will negotiate for the best possible settlement based on the facts of your case.
If the at-fault party refuses to offer an acceptable settlement amount based on the unique circumstances of your case, the assigned attorney will be prepared to present your case to a judge and jury at trial.
We will investigate your case and gather all evidence to support your financial recovery. This could include medical records, expert statements, and other documents that help us build the strongest possible argument and win the maximum amount of compensation in your case.
Determine the Value for Your Case
Our New York City asbestos injury lawyer will also determine the value of your case for you. They will calculate the sum of your financial losses as well as the non-economic damages you endured, like pain and suffering or loss of quality of life.
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Common Ways People Experience High Levels of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos is the commercial name that applies to six different naturally occurring fibrous materials. They were used in commercial products like automotive breaks, textile products, wallboard materials, and insulation and fireproofing materials for decades. Many product manufacturers continued to use asbestos even after the dangers became apparent.
While almost everyone has experienced some level of asbestos exposure, some have a higher risk of adverse health effects because of their exposure to a large amount or regular exposure over time. Locations in which people may be exposed to a dangerous level of asbestos include:
- Asbestos mines or factories
- Waste sites where asbestos is not stored correctly or covered up
- During the renovation or demolition of older buildings that contain asbestos products
- Areas where human activities crush rock and soil and asbestos is naturally occurring
In New York City, the World Trade Center site is also a concern. The 9/11 tragedy exposed many people to dust and particulate matter. Some suffer from breathing conditions as a result. Luckily, according to a 2005 assessment of the risk to local residents published by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, few were exposed to significant levels of asbestos.
While the risk for severe diseases such as mesothelioma is likely low for the general population near the downtown Manhattan site, first responders and those who worked to clean up the area probably have additional risks from the exposure they experienced.
High levels of asbestos exposure indoors occur when:
- Materials that contain asbestos start to fall apart and crumble, such as old insulation or ceiling or floor tiles
- Materials that contain asbestos are disturbed inside the home by renovation projects
- Asbestos comes into the home on shoes, in pet fur, or on other objects
- The air outside the house contains high levels of asbestos because of nearby construction
If you have a diagnosis or breathing concerns and believe it could be linked to asbestos exposure, speak with a member of our team about your legal options today. Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. offers free, no-risk consultations for those living with conditions related to asbestos exposure.
Injuries and Medical Conditions Linked to Asbestos Exposure
While many people exposed to asbestos do not experience significant health problems, the risk increases based on:
- How much asbestos was in the air
- The type of asbestos inhaled
- How frequently they were exposed and for what duration
- Whether they already had lung conditions
- Other factors, such as whether they smoke
Some medical conditions often related to asbestos exposure include:
This condition usually occurs in people exposed to asbestos over a very long period, such as those who work in industries that utilize asbestos products. Years could pass between exposure and when the symptoms begin to appear. This is common in many asbestos-related conditions.
Asbestosis causes scarring in the lungs that makes it difficult to breathe. Oxygen and carbon dioxide cannot easily pass in or out of the lungs because of the scar tissue.
This non-cancerous lung condition causes the lungs to function less efficiently, as it affects the membrane that lines the lungs and chest cavity. Patients who have pleural disease experience fluid buildup around the lungs. In some cases, the membrane surrounding the lungs and thoracic cavity becomes thicker and does not allow the lungs to expand fully.
Lung cancer occurs when cells react to asbestos exposure by becoming malignant. Lung cancer is often difficult to diagnose because symptoms rarely become serious until the cancer spreads beyond the original site.
In some cases, patients develop mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the membrane covering the lungs and chest cavity. Mesothelioma is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. However, patients do not develop mesothelioma until decades after exposure in most cases.
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