Although the deadly health dangers of asbestos became evident in the 1930s, its use continued in the U.S. until a manufacturing ban was imposed in 1989. The fatal effects of asbestos, however, are still being realized in the form of asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. The New York City construction accident lawyers at Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C., help asbestos victims and their families recover the financial compensation they need and deserve. We hold the employers and manufacturers who chose to ignore warnings about the risks of asbestos responsible for their actions.
The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos is a subtle killer and a person who has been exposed should consult an asbestos attorney. The symptoms of asbestos poisoning take decades to manifest themselves, and it’s often too late for treatment by the time they arise. The actual contamination occurs when people inhale asbestos particle fibers. The fibers accumulate with repeated or prolonged exposure, eventually damaging the lungs and leading to chronic—and often fatal—medical problems.
Asbestos-Related Medical Conditions
The most common asbestos-related illnesses are the following:
• Asbestosis – A breathing disorder caused by a buildup of asbestos fibers in the lungs, resulting in respiratory problems, chest pains, persistent coughing and lung-tissue scarring
• Mesothelioma – An aggressive type of cancer that affects the mesothelium, the layer of tissue that covers many vital organs
• Lung cancer – Cancer that forms in the lungs; leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States
If you or a family member developed any of these conditions due to work-related exposure to asbestos, the New York asbestos illness attorney at Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C., can help you determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit. Contact the experienced injury lawyers at Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C., for a free case evaluation.