Queens Mesothelioma Attorneys
Asbestos in Queens
Of the city’s five boroughs, Queens is one of the largest. With nearly 2.3 million people, only Brooklyn has a larger population. And spanning over 178 square miles, Queens covers more land than any other borough. It plays host to a number of seaports, factories and both of New York’s major airports: LaGuardia and JFK. Queens was heavily industrialized throughout its history and construction continues to supply families with jobs and a paycheck. However, many of the common industries in Queens have exposed workers and their families to deadly asbestos fibers. According to a federal study, Queens more than 55 people die each year from asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma.
Since 1999, more than 800 people have died in Queens after being exposed to asbestos fibers – sometimes decades before they were diagnosed with an illness.
What Diseases are Triggered by Asbestos?
Asbestos is composed of microscopic strings known as fibers. When disturbed, those fibers can become airborne and dangerous: a person can unknowingly inhale these fibers and they can get trapped in that person’s lungs. Over many years, even decades, the fibers can cause painful inflammation and sometimes, cancer. Some illnesses include:
Asbestosis – a disease that attacks a person’s lung tissue. Patients often describe asbestosis as ‘extremely painful’ and there is a high risk of developing more serious cancers
Lung Cancer – symptoms include cough, wheezing, weight loss and chest pain. This can develop years after inhaling asbestos fibers and treatments can include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or a combination of those
Mesothelioma – a deadly and incurable cancer that grows along the protective lining of internal organs. Although it is most often discovered in the lungs, mesothelioma can develop around other organs including the heart, abdomen and stomach
Where Did I Encounter Asbestos?
New Yorkers not only relied on industries in Queens for jobs; their families trusted these companies to provide safe household items. For several decades, factory workers, construction crews, building renovators were handling materials that contained large amounts of asbestos. In many cases, fibers would cling to a worker’s clothing as they’d return home to their families.
Asbestos manufacturers knew about the risks associated with their products but, in an attempt to maximize their profits, they refused to inform the public about the direct link between asbestos and deadly diseases.
Their secrets have been exposed in recent years and since the 1970’s, many companies have been forced to use alternative materials. Although these materials were readily available throughout the 20th century, they were often more expensive than asbestos.
It can difficult to determine exactly where (and when) a person was exposed to asbestos but Cellino & Barnes has identified several jobs and industries where asbestos exposure has occurred in Queens.
These industries include:
- Ship Yards
- Navy Ships
- Copper Plants
- Power Plants
- …and many others
Many of the schools in Queens could also be considered ‘high-risk’ areas for asbestos exposure. Many of the institutions are older buildings with outdated fixtures, many of which may be insulated with materials containing asbestos. In the past, some schools have suffered major disruptions and lost time due to the discovery of asbestos on school property.
Thousands of hard working New Yorkers are now fighting asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma. Treatments can be expensive and in most cases, the disease is incurable. If you believe you may have been exposed to asbestos, it should not be a burden on your family to find affordable treatments and care.
At Cellino & Barnes, our Queens mesothelioma attorneys have gone to court for hard working families in New York and we have obtained substantial settlements for survivors and their families. Our law firm has been trusted by New Yorkers for over 50 years and our Queens mesothelioma lawyers can help you obtain the best result possible. Our lawyers would be honored to help your family fight against the companies that negligently fueled asbestos-related diseases.
Call a Queens mesothelioma attorney at Cellino & Barnes today for a FREE case evaluation.
Isn’t Asbestos Illegal?
Over the past 100 years, asbestos was legal and heavily used in many factories, shipyards and household products. The asbestos industry faced little or no consequences for their negligent actions until the 1970’s when federal courts intervened. For the past 40 years, many companies have dramatically reduced their use of asbestos but many people fail to realize that the fibers are still being produced in America. In fact, there are very few laws that regulate asbestos use in the United States.
Around 15,000 Americans have died from asbestos-related diseases in the past 12 months and every year, the death toll goes up.
Although workers faced the highest risk of asbestos exposure, traces of the deadly fiber could be found in some of the following products in your home or garage:
- Brake Shoes
- Ceiling tiles
- Electric Wiring
- Fireproofing Materials
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease, don’t wait to take action. These illnesses can spread rapidly it can be a trying time for you and your family. Cellino & Barnes has local attorneys that have identified the industries in Queens that may have caused your illness.
Our Queens mesothelioma lawyers have been trusted by your friends and neighbors for over 50 years, so Contact Us today and allow a Queens mesothelioma attorney to help you get the best result possible.