While most of us have heard of asbestos, a dangerous carcinogen linked to several types of cancer, knowing the risks it poses and whether we should be worried can be tricky. Many people think asbestos exposure is a thing of the past, and it’s true that it was once a more serious issue. However, the bleak reality is that many companies refuse to stop manufacturing products that contain asbestos, despite their dangers, putting innocent lives at risk. I’ll give you more information on activities that could put your life in danger, and explain how a New York asbestos attorney could be of use to you.
1. Asbestos Exposure is Still Likely Today
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring collection of minerals whose fibers are found worldwide, everywhere from soil to rocks.These sturdy fibers have long been used to insulate buildings including factories, homes, and schools, to make car parts, roofs, tiles for ceilings and floors, and more.
It wasn’t until the 20th century that researchers began to suspect that asbestos was dangerous. Since the 1970s, asbestos use in the U.S. has decreased significantly, but while many people believe asbestos is no longer used, this is untrue: you can still be exposed to this dangerous material and suffer serious consequences, sometimes without knowing you have been harmed.
This is because the health conditions asbestos causes may not appear until 20 or more years after exposure, so even if you were exposed to asbestos decades ago, you could still be at risk for developing cancer or another serious condition.
2. Certain Occupations are High-Risk for Asbestos Exposure
While many people are exposed to asbestos fibers in the air or in their water, those in certain occupations are far more likely to face asbestos exposure than the average person. People who mine, process, or make asbestos-containing products are at high risk, as well as those working in construction, especially if they work on jobs that involve demolishing or renovating old buildings or homes. In these situations, asbestos may be inhaled or swallowed.
The shipbuilding and insulation industries are also especially problematic when it comes to asbestos exposure. Maintenance workers who have to sweep up asbestos dust, first responders, and engineers are also more likely to be exposed to asbestos on the job. In these situations, not only can workers themselves be exposed, but they put their families at risk by bringing fibers home on their clothing.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to asbestos, it is in your best interests to speak with a personal injury lawyer, in particular a New York asbestos attorney. Likewise, if you have lost a loved one due to a company’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. One of our attorneys can help you better understand your rights during a detailed discussion of your case.
3. Asbestos has Been Explicitly Linked to Certain Cancers
Studies have linked asbestos to several different cancers, and it has been determined there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. However, the likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer after exposure is significantly increased with greater exposure.
The cancers asbestos has been connected to include:
- Lung Cancer has been connected to asbestos exposure. It usually develops at least 15 years after exposure, and the risk is higher for those who also smoke.
- Mesothelioma is a rare cancer affecting the linings of organs in the chest and abdomen, and has been significantly linked to asbestos exposure. Most cases are due to workplace exposure, and the disease takes approximately 30+ years to develop. The risk for this type of cancer is not increased among smokers.
- Asbestos has also been linked to cancers of the larynx and ovaries.
- Other cancers that are less clearly linked to asbestos are cancers of the stomach, throat, colon, and rectum
What to Do If Your Cancer May be due to Asbestos Exposure
If you have been diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to asbestos, it is in your best interest to work with an asbestos lawyer in New York. Buttafuoco & Associates has successfully fought against many companies who continue to manufacture asbestos-containing products and put innocent people at risk. We are committed to aggressively fighting for your rights so you can rest at ease knowing you will be able to pay medical bills, be compensated for missed work, and more.
Get in touch with us today for a free case review at 1-800-NOW-HURT.