Asbestos: The Silent Killer

Due to its heat-resistant properties, asbestos used to be quite common in several industries and products, including insulation, construction and automotive repair. Sadly, however, doctors and researchers eventually discovered that asbestos had one frightening drawback: Its microscopic fibers can be inhaled and lodge in your lungs and body, which can result in several asbestos-related conditions and, in some cases, death.

Despite the known dangers of asbestos, not to mention the various bans on its use, you can still find this dangerous substance in many homes and buildings today ― often left over from work or renovations that were completed decades ago. Even worse, you do not have to work with or near asbestos products to be exposed. Many victims have suffered illnesses from secondhand exposure such as laundering a spouse's asbestos-laden work clothes.

These factors, coupled with the reality that symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses may not present themselves until years after exposure, mean that asbestos will likely claim many more victims for years to come.

If you or a family member has suffered an asbestos-related injury or disease, you may be entitled to compensation. To speak with an experienced New York asbestos lawyer, contact Keith D. Silverstein & Associates, P.C., today. We offer FREE initial consultations, so you have nothing to lose. Call us at 212-385-1444 or toll free at 866-492-7487 or email us online.

Who Is At Risk?

While asbestos is less prevalent today, it used to be common in many products, including:

  • Insulation
  • Casing and insulation for electrical wiring and water services
  • Ceiling tiles and sprayed on fireproof ceilings ("popcorn" ceilings)
  • Flooring tiles
  • Siding and asbestos cement board
  • Car parts, including brake pads and gaskets

As you can see from the products listed above, certain professions such as construction, roofing, mechanics and shipbuilding carry a higher risk of asbestos exposure than others. Common asbestos-related diseases these workers may be in danger of developing include lung cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer in which malignant tumors form in the lining of internal organs, most commonly the lungs.

What You Need To Know

It is important to know that if you are a victim of an asbestos-related disease, you may have legal rights. Under federal and state laws, victims of asbestos infections have the right to file legal claims to seek compensation for their losses and suffering.

Contact Keith D. Silverstein & Associates, P.C., and speak to an attorney today. We can review the circumstances of your injury and help determine who is responsible.