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New York Asbestos Exposure Injury Lawyer

Exposure to asbestos can have serious consequences for your health, and significant exposure can cause scarring of the lungs or even lung cancer. If you are suffering from asbestos-related injuries, whether through exposure on the job site or through other circumstances, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses.

An asbestos exposure injury lawyer in New York from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. is here and ready to help. To learn what options you have for recovering damages related to your claim, contact us today at (516) 932-0400 for a free, no-risk consultation.

Common Ways People Are Exposed to High Levels of Asbestos

Asbestos is the commercial name that applies to six different naturally occurring fibrous materials that have been used in commercial products like automotive breaks, textile products, wallboard materials, and insulation and fireproofing materials for decades.

While almost everyone has been exposed to asbestos at some point, there are locations in which people may be exposed to a high level of asbestos. They include:

  • Asbestos mine or factory
  • Waste sites where asbestos has not been properly stored or covered up
  • The renovation or demolition of older buildings that contain asbestos products
  • Areas where human activities have crushed rock or soil where asbestos has naturally occurred

In New York, the 9/11 tragedy exposed many people to asbestos, some of whom have suffered from breathing conditions as a result.

Common sources for high levels of asbestos exposure indoors include:

  • When materials that contain asbestos start to fall apart and crumble, such as old insulation, or ceiling or floor tiles
  • When 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
  • When the air outside the home contains high levels of asbestos and enters the home through open windows or doors

If you are injured and in pain because of asbestos exposure, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400 for a free, no-risk consultation.

Injuries and Medical Conditions Caused by Asbestos Exposure

While many people who have been exposed to asbestos do not experience health problems, the likelihood of complications often results from how much asbestos was in the air, how frequently they were exposed and for what duration, and whether they already had lung conditions.

Some asbestos-related conditions include:

Asbestosis

This is a condition that usually occurs in people who have been exposed to asbestos over a very long period of time, although it may be years before the symptoms begin to appear. Asbestosis causes scarring in the lungs that makes it difficult to breath, as oxygen and carbon dioxide cannot easily pass in or out of the lungs because of the scar tissue.

Pleural Disease

This non-cancerous lung condition can cause the lungs to function less efficiently, as it changes the membrane that surrounds the lungs and chest cavity. Patients who have pleural disease may experience fluid buildup around the lungs, or they may find that the membrane surrounding the lungs and thoracic cavity becomes thicker throughout or in areas.

Lung Cancer

This occurs when a tumor blocks the air passages in the lungs. In some cases, patients can develop mesothelioma, rare cancer that covers the lungs and chest cavity. Patients may not develop mesothelioma until 30 or even 40 years after they have been exposed to asbestos.

Recoverable Damages After an Asbestos Exposure Injury

If you or someone you love is suffering from a condition or even perished because of exposure to asbestos, you might be entitled to compensation to recover your losses. While we cannot guarantee any specific types of damages, some common damages that victims recover in cases like these 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 because of the seriousness of his or her asbestos exposure-related medical condition, we offer you our heartfelt condolences. Types of damages you may recover include:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Medical costs you incurred by providing care for your loved one
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium

How an Asbestos Exposure Injury Lawyer in NY Helps You

We understand the pain you may be experiencing as a result of your asbestos exposure or that of a family member. We also understand how overwhelming it can be to see a growing pile of medical expenses, especially if your earning potential has been lost or diminished because of your condition.

Here are a few ways we 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 pursue compensation in your case and keep you updated throughout the process.

Identify Liable Parties

Cases like this can be complex, as it is often difficult to determine who the at-fault party is in an asbestos case. However, our network of asbestos exposure lawyers has worked on cases like yours before and know the necessary steps to take to identify the liable parties.

Communicate With All Parties For You

We will communicate with other lawyers and insurance companies on your behalf. When the time is right, we will also negotiate for the best possible settlement on your behalf.  If the at-fault party refuses to offer an appropriate settlement amount, depending upon the unique circumstances of your case, we will pursue damages at trial.

Gather Evidence

We will investigate your case and gather all evidence, such as medical records, expert statements, and other documents that help us build a strong case.

Determine the Value for Your Case

An asbestos exposure injury lawyer in New York will also determine the value for your case, calculating the sum of your financial losses as well as the non-economic damages like pain and suffering or loss of quality of life.

For a free, no-risk evaluation of your case, contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400.

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