Mesothelioma Lawyer in New York City
Mesothelioma is an uncommon but very aggressive, often deadly form of cancer that attacks the thin membrane covering various internal organs, most notably the lungs, the chest, and the abdomen. Most cases of mesothelioma can be traced to asbestos exposure. In the majority of these cases, the patient was exposed to asbestos in an occupational or residential setting.
The cancer-causing properties of asbestos were identified in the 1970s and, as a result, the industrial use of this substance has been drastically scaled back since then. Even so, mesothelioma cases continue to crop up. Because mesothelioma usually develops decades after asbestos exposure, many victims are older adults who fall ill due to their contact with this material in their youth, when asbestos was far more common.
Fortunately, help is available for those who are suffering from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure. When you call The Dearie Law Firm, P.C., you can speak with a workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyer in New York City with years of experience in handling these cases. It is possible to collect substantial compensation if it can be shown that your mesothelioma developed as a direct result of another party’s negligence.
Mesothelioma Developed from Asbestos Exposure
Not all cases of mesothelioma can be attributed to asbestos exposure, but a large majority of them can. It is believed that some persons have a genetic susceptibility to this type of cancer, making them especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of contact with asbestos. Mesothelioma typically develops very slowly, over the course of decades; it is not uncommon for this cancer to be diagnosed forty years or more after the initial exposure to this dangerous material. Diagnosis of mesothelioma is generally done with the use of imaging (e.g., chest x-ray testing) and a biopsy to confirm the presence of cancer.
Persons with mesothelioma can experience a variety of symptoms, depending on the area of the body where the cancer has developed.
- Mesothelioma in the pleural (lung) cavity often causes fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, and chronic cough (which can involve coughing up blood).
- Mesothelioma in the peritoneum (lining of the abdominal cavity) is associated with weight loss, “night sweats,” fever, abdominal swelling and pain, loss of appetite, and constipation.
In advanced cases, patients may suffer from jaundice, blood clots, and bleeding in multiple internal organs.
Asbestos Exposure Liability
It’s not easy to prove liability in mesothelioma cases, due to the large gap in time between asbestos exposure and the diagnosis of cancer. However, it is possible to win a case if you are able to show when and where you were exposed to asbestos.
If you can prove that asbestos was present at your job site, then you may be able to sue your employer. If you were exposed while living in an apartment building, then you could demonstrate that your landlord is responsible for your medical condition. The asbestos manufacturer may be liable as well.
Contact a Mesothelioma and Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
To maximize your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve, you need a mesothelioma claims lawyer who will fight for you. Our workers’ compensation and mesothelioma lawyers can help you sort through your available litigation options. The Dearie Law Firm, P.C., has two offices, in Manhattan and the Bronx. Feel free to call us anytime at 1-800-2-Dearie (1-800-233-2743).