New York Asbestos-Related Deaths from 1999-2017
Asbestos Exposure in New York
Shipyards, chemical plants, paper mills, energy companies, and old buildings in New York are all major sources for asbestos exposure.
Asbestos Exposure in Shipyards
Shipyards in New York used asbestos to insulate and fireproof ships. Workers at shipyards and on ships could have been exposed to asbestos that was used to insulate pipes, boilers, and machinery. When the asbestos-containing materials on ships were disturbed by workers doing repairs or other work on the ships, the toxic fibers could become airborne in the close quarters of the ship and inhaled by nearby individuals. When asbestos fibers are inhaled and enter the lungs the development of deadly asbestos-related diseases can occur.
Asbestos Used in Construction and Buildings
Manufacturers of construction materials in New York City used asbestos to produce fire-resistant materials and insulation. Roofing shingles, floor tiles, paint, and insulation were manufactured with asbestos materials and used by construction workers. Construction and maintenance workers in New York should be cautious when renovating or repairing buildings that were constructed prior to the 1980s. Many historic buildings in New York City have had to undergo extensive asbestos abatement efforts.
Vermiculite and Asbestos
New York, along with many other states, received asbestos tainted vermiculite from Libby, Montana. Workers at the vermiculite processing plants were likely exposed to asbestos when handling and processing the contaminated materials.
9/11 Terrorist Attack and Asbestos Exposure
New York City also faced a unique asbestos exposure incident following the attack on the World Trade Center towers in 2001. After the collapse of the towers, a dangerous, toxic dust cloud covered the lower portion of Manhattan. Residents, visitors and first responders were exposed to deadly asbestos fibers. Years later, hundreds of thousands of people exposed to the dust have developed respiratory illnesses and cancers, including mesothelioma.
Partial list of work sites in New York with known asbestos exposure
Statute of Limitations to File Mesothelioma Claim in New York
There is a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit for mesothelioma that varies for each state called the statute of limitations. This means if you do not file within the time limit, you will never be able to pursue legal action or obtain compensation. It’s important that you take legal action within this time frame so you do not miss out on receiving the compensation you may deserve. Contact us here to learn more about how we can help.
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What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a deadly and rare form of malignant cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. The most common forms of mesothelioma are: pleural and peritoneal. Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Victims with pleural mesothelioma may have respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue. Victims with peritoneal mesothelioma may have abdominal swelling, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.
The latency period for mesothelioma is very long. The average latency period is about 30 years, but can be shorter than 15 years or longer than 40 years. This means individuals with mesothelioma may take decades to present symptoms from the time they were exposed to asbestos.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by asbestos exposure. When asbestos is inhaled the fibers irritate and scar the lining of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. The lungs become stiff and cannot expand and contract normally. Symptoms of asbestosis are shortness of breath, chest pain, and a dry, persistent cough. Like mesothelioma, the latency period for asbestosis is very long. Symptoms may not present for 10 to 40 years after asbestos exposure.
Military Asbestos Exposure
It is extremely important to know that our attorneys do not sue the military. We seek accountability from the asbestos companies that sold dangerous asbestos products to the military.
Members of all branches of the military may have been exposed to asbestos before it became more restricted in the 1970s. The U.S. military used asbestos products in many areas because of its low cost, durability, and heat resistant properties. The common use of these asbestos products put many U.S. veterans at risk of developing asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Below is a list of the military branches and common asbestos exposure sites:
- Navy – shipyards, boiler rooms, submarines
- Army – barracks, shipyards, construction
- Marine Corps – armored vehicles, barracks, ships, aircraft
- Coast Guard – inside ships, ships, boiler rooms
- Air Force- bases, airplanes, jets, aircraft maintenance