New York Asbestos Lawyer
Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control, from 1999-2013, an estimated 12,140 New York residents died from asbestos-related conditions. 935 suffered from asbestosis lung disease. Over 2,250 died from mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer caused only by asbestos exposure. An estimated 9,000 suffered from other lung cancers besides mesothelioma linked to asbestos exposure.
If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos in your home, office building, construction site, school, or in your consumer products, reach out for help to obtain the compensation you deserve for the harm you and your loved ones have suffered. At Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, our dedicated New York asbestos lawyers can fight on your behalf against building or worksite owners, product manufacturers, contractors, or anyone else who is at fault for exposing you or those you care about to the toxic effects of asbestos.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral that has been used in U.S. construction projects since the 1850s. It was commonly used in cement sheeting, drainage pipes, roofing and other building boards, as well as car parts including brakes and clutches in the 20th century. Researchers began discovering the risks of asbestos exposure as early as the 1930s, but many companies ignored the risk and continued to use asbestos in building materials and other products. By the 1950s, the link between asbestos and lung cancer had been firmly established, but heartless companies ignored the evidence. It was not until the 1970s that U.S. companies began to stop using asbestos, when federal regulations against usage came into place and federal courts ruled that asbestos manufacturers had engaged in a conscious conspiracy to downplay the health hazards of asbestos.
Asbestos Is Deadly, and Companies Know It
We now know firmly that breathing in asbestos significantly increases the risk of lung cancer and other lung diseases. We also know that companies continued to use asbestos in building materials and consumer products long after they claimed to stop, and that they knew about the risks of asbestos exposure well before that. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP will make sure that unscrupulous companies are held accountable for exposing you and your loved ones to the deadly effects of asbestos.
Where Is Asbestos Found?
Asbestos has been found in various types of workplaces across the state of New York. Construction companies, building operators, real estate companies, and employers who know about and disregard the risk asbestos poses to workers must be held accountable. Asbestos has been found in areas including:
- Construction sites
- Power Plants
- Office buildings
- Automotive assembly plants
Additionally, asbestos has been linked to disease and death following exposure in the home. Asbestos continues to be a problem in places such as:
- Apartment buildings
- Consumer products with talcum powder
- Older car parts
There have been thousands of lawsuits in recent years against companies like Johnson & Johnson for the continued presence of asbestos in products like baby powder. New York regulators have conducted recent investigations into contractors and construction businesses suspected of failing to remove, improperly disposing of, or otherwise mishandling asbestos taken from work sites. These companies need to be held accountable for the damage their contaminated products have caused.
Help is Available for People Poisoned by Asbestos
If you have a medical condition linked to asbestos exposure, or a loved one has suffered from asbestos poisoning, contact a skilled and trial-ready asbestos lawyer at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for a free consultation on your case, in Kingston at 845-331-4100, and in Marlboro at 845-236-4411.