Manhattan Mesothelioma Attorneys
Asbestos in New York
As the oldest of the five boroughs, Manhattan has a long history. Throughout much of that history, its working class has battled devastating diseases, many of which were caused by deadly asbestos fibers. Manhattan is also one of the most densely populated regions in the world and its density can make it easier to spread asbestos fibers to other innocent families.
According to a federal study, more than 25 people die from asbestos-related diseases every year in New York County. Since 1999, the death toll is estimated to be over 400.
What Diseases are Triggered by Asbestos?
Asbestos itself had many different uses in Manhattan but within the last 50 years, doctors and health experts have determined that the small fibers asbestos is made of can be deadly, if inhaled. Just one fiber can become lodged in a person’s lungs, unbeknownst to them for years. Over time, often decades, these fibers cause severe inflammation and it can lead to painful diseases. Some of these diseases include:
Asbestosis – a scarring and painful disease that affects lung tissue. It often leads to serious cancers
Mesothelioma – an incurable cancer directly related to asbestos. Although it most often impacts the lungs, it can also develop and spread to many other internal organs
Lung Cancer – occurring as the result of inhaling asbestos fibers, it can affect many different areas of the lungs. Treatments are often costly and painful
Where did I Encounter Asbestos?
Manhattan has some of the oldest structures in New York City and the buildings were built to endure the extreme temperature changes that come with the northeast climate. Asbestos happened to be the insulation of choice throughout much of the 20th century and many of the city’s buildings were heavily constructed with asbestos.
Nearly all of the gas, water and electrical fixtures were insulated with asbestos at one time and some of these fixtures still contain asbestos. Due to the city’s history of industry and construction projects, residents are at a high risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.
Ports and shipyards are often clad with asbestos. Since Manhattan is surrounded by water, these areas continue to see heavy human activity despite the risk of asbestos exposure. The shipping industry has been directly linked to more asbestos-related diseases than any other industry. A vast amount of asbestos was used to insulate ships before federal courts intervened in the 1970’s. Although those who worked on boats are most at risk, anyone who has been to a shipyard or port could develop an asbestos-related illness.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have impacted the lives of nearly every American but that day will forever haunt New Yorkers. Thousands of lives were lost in those senseless attacks and their families continue to grieve today. The aftermath also exposed many more to dangerous toxins that could, one day, cause deadly diseases to develop in their bodies. Asbestos was one of the most common toxins discovered in the dust that remained after the attacks on the World Trade Center.
The complex, which opened in 1973, was built with over 400 tons of asbestos. When the buildings were destroyed, those asbestos fibers were spread into the air. Tests at Ground Zero confirmed heavy amounts of asbestos but many rescue workers continues to do their jobs in these hazardous conditions. At least one first responder has already died from mesothelioma and doctors believe many more will be diagnosed with the deadly disease in the coming years or decades as the result of their exposure to the material.
Only asbestos can cause mesothelioma. Manufacturers knew this fact but many companies failed to warn its workers and the public. Asbestos was been in use for decades although alternative materials were available.
It’s often difficult to determine where someone was exposed to asbestos but many Brooklyn industries commonly used asbestos.
These industries include:
- Ship Yards
- Navy Ships
- Power Plants
- Paper Production
- …and many others
Many of those who worked in these industries are now battling mesothelioma and other deadly diseases spurred-on by asbestos. Treatment can be expensive and currently, there is no known cure for mesothelioma. If you were exposed to asbestos, being able to afford treatments and care should not be a challenge or a burden on your family.
At Cellino & Barnes, our Manhattan mesothelioma attorneys will fight for individuals and their families to make sure they obtain the best results possible. Our firm has been trusted by New Yorkers for over 50 years and our Manhattan mesothelioma lawyers have a track record of getting their clients the maximum compensation. Our lawyers would be honored to join you and your family in the fight against asbestos-related diseases.
Call a Manhattan mesothelioma attorney at Cellino & Barnes today for a FREE consultation.
Is Asbestos Illegal?
The federal government forced companies to slow asbestos production in the 1970’s but it has not gone away completely. Most companies today use alternative materials but asbestos remains a legal product in the United States.
An estimated 15,000 Americans die from asbestos-related diseases every year and thousands more are exposed and diagnosed with mesothelioma, an incurable cancer caused by deadly fibers.
Asbestos was heavily used and can still be found in some of the following products:
- Brake Shoes
- Ceiling tiles
- Electric Wiring
- Fireproofing Materials
- Navy Ships
If you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, don’t wait to take action. Cellino & Barnes has lawyers that know New York City and the industries that may have caused your illness. Our Manhattan mesothelioma lawyers have been trusted by your friends and neighbors for over 50 years.
Contact Us today and allow a Manhattan mesothelioma attorney to help you and your family get the best result possible.