Long Island Mesothelioma Attorneys
Asbestos in Long Island
Since the new millennium, more than 12,000 New Yorkers have lost the battle against asbestos-related diseases. No community has suffered more deaths than Long Island. According to a federal study, asbestos has killed more than 2,200 people over the past decade in Nassau and Suffolk counties alone. Long Island averages about 150 asbestos-related deaths each year and hundreds more are diagnosed with cancers and other illnesses that can be directly linked to asbestos exposure.
What Diseases are Triggered by Asbestos?
For the majority of the 20th century, asbestos could be found in many Long Island industries and even in some household products. Made of microscopic fibers, asbestos can easily be inhaled and become trapped in a person’s lungs. Over several years, often decades, these fibers can cause painful inflammation and even cancer. Many of the known asbestos-related diseases are deadly if they are not treated quickly. Some illnesses include:
Asbestosis causes lung tissue to become inflamed and it is often a precursor to cancer. Patients with asbestosis often experience shortness of breath and symptoms typically take years to manifest.
Lung Cancer can develop after long-term exposure to asbestos fibers. Treatments may involve radiation, surgery or chemical therapies which are often used in combination to treat or remove the cancer.
Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer that spreads along the protective lining of internal organs. It is most often identified in the lungs but mesothelioma can develop in other vital organs including the heart, abdomen and stomach.
Where Did I Encounter Asbestos?
Surrounded by water, many of Long Island’s major industries are focused on shipping. Also boasting a wide variety of industrial and construction activity, asbestos exposure continues to be a major concern for Long Island’s workers and their families.
For years, the companies that manufactured asbestos knew how dangerous long-term exposure could be. However, the companies never informed their workers or consumers in an effort to rake-in larger profits.
Over the past 40 years, the public has become aware of the dangers associated with asbestos but thousands of people had already been exposed. It’s often difficult to determine exactly when and where a person may have inhaled the deadly fibers but Cellino & Barnes has identified several industries where asbestos exposure has occurred in Long Island.
These industries include:
- Ship Yards
- Navy Ships
- Power Plants
- Paper Production
- …and many others
Thousands of hard working New Yorkers who once made a living in these industries are now fighting asbestos-related diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma. Treatments can be costly and these diseases are often incurable. If you were exposed to asbestos, it shouldn’t be a burden on your family to obtain affordable treatments and care.
At Cellino & Barnes, our Long Island mesothelioma lawyers have stood-up for hard working families across New York and we have obtained substantial settlements for families in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Our law firm has been trusted by your friends and neighbors for over 50 years and our Long Island mesothelioma attorneys can help you get the best result possible. Our lawyers would be honored to join your family in the fight against asbestos-related diseases.
Call a Long Island mesothelioma attorney at Cellino & Barnes today for a FREE case evaluation.
Isn’t Asbestos Illegal?
Until the 1970’s, asbestos manufacturers faced little to no consequences for their negligent actions. After years of litigation, many companies were ordered to establish trust funds to help families with the financial burden associated with asbestos exposure.
Many patients that are now fighting asbestos-related diseases are surprised to hear that the material is still being produced in the United States. Many manufacturers have reduced or eliminated asbestos from their products but there are few laws that regulate usage of the deadly material. In fact, traces of asbestos fibers can sometimes be found in the following products:
- Brake Shoes
- Ceiling tiles
- Electric Wiring
- Fireproofing Materials
- Navy Ships
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to take action immediately. Current laws only give patients and their families a small timeframe to apply for compensation. Cellino & Barnes has local attorneys that have identified the Long Island industries and products that could have caused your illness.
Our Long Island mesothelioma attorneys can help you and your family get the best result possible. Contact Us now for a free consultation.