Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly type of lung cancer that is caused by long-term, unprotected exposure to asbestos and other pathogens. Sadly, mesothelioma is terminal, but with the right care, a person can have several years to enjoy. The best care won’t be cheap and you may need financial help getting access to that care. A mesothelioma lawyer in New York can help with get the compensation you need for peace of mind.
Mesothelioma in New York
New York ranks in the top five states with high rates of mesothelioma deaths. According to the Cancer Alliance, 1,443 people died of mesothelioma in the state between 2001 and 2010.
The Cancer Alliance reports that over 400 job sites, public buildings and housing units, schools and many other types of building have asbestos, which poses a health threat if mishandled or disturbed.
There were more than 5,000 tons of asbestos debris scattered in the vicinity of the World Trade Center when it was struck by two planes flown by Al Qaeda operatives on September 11, 2001.
First responders and firefighters are at a high risk of developing mesothelioma because they are exposed to large amounts of asbestos while doing their jobs, and they should not have to struggle to pay for treatment.
What is Asbestos and Why is Dangerous?
Before the late 70s early 80s, asbestos was widely used because it was plentiful and had beneficial qualities like fire resistance and durability, but when disturbed the small fibers become airborne. Those airborne fibers are then breathed into the lungs where they become logged and begin to do damage. Some people develop non-fatal respiratory illnesses, but in some, the fibers of asbestos cause the body to grow cancerous cells.
It takes decades for mesothelioma to develop and if not caught early can kill quickly, so it is rarely seen in the young. Most people aren’t diagnosed with mesothelioma until their late 70s, and it is often in the later stages of the disease.
Why an Early Diagnosis Matters?
Mesothelioma is a very aggressive cancer that can spread and metastasize quickly. Early diagnosis can delay the progression of the disease, but it takes a multiprong approach that includes chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy.
Treating cancer is costly, so mesothelioma sufferers need help getting generous compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one contracted mesothelioma, we recommend you speak with one of our attorneys in New York.
Many mesothelioma sufferers are eligible for compensation because they were not adequately protected from breathing in asbestos or were not warned that they were in danger if exposed to the toxic mineral. Many cases of mesothelioma could be avoided if an employer just took certain precautions to protect their workers. If an employer’s negligence caused you to become ill, you can hold them accountable and seek compensation for your pain and suffering. Call and set up a consultation with one of our outstanding lawyers to see what your legal options are after diagnosis.