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What Is Asbestos?

What Is Asbestos? A Mesothelioma Injury Lawyer in New York City Has the Answers

Before the health risks were known, asbestos was a product widely used in many different products to resist heat and corrosion. Asbestos usage goes back almost 4,500 years because of its unusual physical and chemical properties. In modern times, asbestos has been used for thermal insulation, in cements, textiles, brakes, floor tiles, wallboards and other building materials. Asbestos covers a group of naturally occurring minerals with names such as chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite asbestos, anthophyllite asbestos, actinolite asbestos "and any of these materials that have been chemically treated and/or altered," according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Unfortunately, some workers in occupations or environments where asbestos products were manufactured have been diagnosed with asbestos cancer (mesothelioma or asbestosis). Some people are showing mesothelioma symptoms up to 50 years after being exposed. Doctors are diagnosing serious asbestos-related diseases in workers who inhaled asbestos fibers. They are treating people with grave conditions like asbestosis, which can cause a buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs and result in the loss of lung function.

How an Asbestos Exposure Lawyer in New York City Can Help

Did you or a loved one become ill with mesothelioma or asbestosis? You may be entitled to compensation from asbestos manufacturers. Find out how a New York City asbestos injury lawyer can help protect your rights. Contact Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP, for a free consultation. We are a prestigious New York City law firm that has a history of obtaining millions of dollars in compensation for victims of all types of occupational illnesses and injuries. You can afford one of the top asbestos exposure lawyers in New York City. That's because we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us no fees unless we make a recovery.

The following are a few common trades or occupations where asbestos was commonly used:

  • Construction sites (exposure may have occurred during renovation or demolition of buildings)
  • Ship builders (exposure may have occurred during renovation or demolishing of ships constructed with asbestos-containing materials)
  • Janitors (exposure may have occurred due to deteriorating asbestos-containing materials in the building)

Other occupations include appliance shop workers, tunnel workers, railroad workers, mechanics, insulators, miners, pipefitters and plumbers.

Contact a Top-Rated New York City Law Firm Today to Learn About Your Rights

If you or a loved one became ill due to asbestos exposure, contact us today for a free consultation. Call (800) 692-3717 or contact us online. We have represented thousands of people who were injured or died due to a variety of occupational exposures. Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP, is a law firm with a long history serving New York City workers who were seriously injured and families who lost loved ones. You can afford to hire a distinguished law firm, because we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay us only if we make a recovery in your case.