We handle personal injury claims that arise from exposure to asbestos including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Asbestos is a natural fiber that was commonly used in many commercial and residential applications, including insulation materials, floor tiles, fireproofing materials, etc. Asbestos fibers are microscopic, and can be inhaled without a person’s knowledge. Inhaling asbestos fibers is particularly dangerous because once these fibers enter the lungs, they never leave. The presence of asbestos fibers in the lungs can lead to a multitude of serious medical conditions including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Whenever you or a loved one has or may have been exposed to asbestos, you have a viable legal claim against one or more manufacturers if you have been diagnosed with a related medical condition. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis, or believe you have developed lung cancer of any type because of exposure to asbestos, you should contact our firm immediately.
Asbestos Exposure & Mesothelioma Lawyer in Syracuse NY
Our attorneys are experienced in investigating these types of cases, and securing compensation for our clients who have endured pain and suffering and incurred medical expenses associated with these claims. Asbestos claims require extensive investigation and research, and involve extremely complex areas of the law. The stakes are extremely high, and you shouldn’t trust your fate or that of your family’s to a lawyer who is not well-versed in these complex nuances of litigation.
According to some accounts, asbestos has been in use around the world for more than 6,000 years. Initially, this naturally-occurring material was highly sought-after because of its availability, low cost, strength, versatility, and fire resistance. Despite medical reports suggesting its danger dating back as far as the late 1800s, asbestos was widely used in construction and textiles as well as numerous other industries until the 1970s. It still remains in a number of structures, both residential and commercial, throughout the country and continues to be used in some construction materials and automotive parts.
When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, fibers are sent into the air. Since they are so small, few people realize they are inhaling this potentially-deadly toxin. Unlike most other particles, asbestos cannot be eliminated by coughing. Instead, its fibers become embedded in the lungs and linger there permanently. They can also affect other areas of the body.
Exposure to asbestos can lead to a range of serious medical conditions in addition to those previously mentioned, including:
- Ovarian cancer
- Laryngeal cancer
It can also increase the risks of developing:
- Renal (kidney) cancer
- Atelectasis (collapsed pleural scar tissue)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Cancer of the gallbladder
Accountability for asbestos exposure could rest on the shoulders of a former employer, construction or manufacturing company, or a mine on the outskirts of your hometown. Proving such a connection is a complicated matter. It requires the dedication and thorough legal knowledge of an experienced mesothelioma lawyer in Syracuse NY. In order to build unshakable cases for our clients, Porter Nordby Howe LLP conducts comprehensive investigations into any and all possible sources of exposure. We also perform extensive research covering every link between our clients and potentially responsible parties.
Those who have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, as well as others linked to asbestos exposure, have a long road ahead of them and face mounting medical expenses, and most certainly, death. Though some can be successfully treated, most are ultimately fatal, leaving loved ones behind to contend with the emotional and financial consequences. Our team of mesothelioma lawyers can help.
Manufacturers were aware of the risks associated with asbestos for decades. Still, its widespread use continued until federal bans took effect. Although this mineral is now restricted to only a few industries, millions continue to suffer in the aftermath of past applications. At Porter Nordby Howe LLP, we believe those responsible should pay the price rather than their victims. Contact us to set up a free consultation. Let us assess your situation, take you through the claims process step by step, and determine how to best proceed with your case. A single company could be to blame for your medical condition, or multiple entities may be at fault. We have a solid track record of recovering compensation for our clients in cases like these, and we stand ready to advocate for you as well.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other condition related to asbestos exposure, we will explain the strengths of your case, and the process involved in securing the compensation that you and your family deserve.