Asbestos products were used throughout New York for over a century. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that has been linked to a deadly form of cancer called mesothelioma. The national law firm of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain is experienced in handling mesothelioma cases and can help mesothelioma patients receive compensation for their injuries.
How Was Asbestos Used in New York?
Once a popular additive, asbestos minerals were used in a variety of products including textiles, cement, pipes, insulation, floor and ceiling tiles, potting soil and brakes. Asbestos becomes dangerous when any asbestos-containing product wears down or is broken due to cutting or sawing.
Disturbed asbestos products will release millions of microscopic fibers into the air. Asbestos fibers are so small that they can become attached to dust in the air for several hours. Fibers only become visible in the air when present in extremely large quantities.
Asbestos and the Link to Mesothelioma
When New Yorkers breathe in asbestos fibers they run the risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma is the cancer of the mesothelium, a tissue that lines most of our body cavities and organs.
Like any cancer, mesothelioma is caused when cells develop mutations that cause them to grow out of control in dangerous ways. Asbestos fibers can become caught in the mesothelium and spur the growth of tumors that eventually spread throughout the body.
Mesothelioma usually takes a long time to develop. Asbestos stopped being used in large quantities during the late 1970s, but new mesothelioma cases continue to arise because mesothelioma can take decades to develop and to be diagnosed.
How Can New Yorkers Receive Compensation for Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a special form of cancer because it is almost always caused by asbestos exposure. The majority of asbestos exposure occurs through manufactured goods, and the makers of asbestos products were aware that their products were dangerous for years before they warned the public.
Most asbestos litigation falls under the category of product liability law. Mesothelioma lawsuits essentially allege that a manufacturer of an asbestos product is liable for the harm that arises out of the ordinary use of the product, especially when they failed to warn consumers of dangers of asbestos.
Toxic torts like asbestos product liability lawsuits are among the most complex types of cases because they involve massive amounts of research and resources which most firms cannot handle. At Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, we have a history of obtaining large verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients because we value the time and attention that we devote to every one of our mesothelioma cases.
To set up a free consultation with a New York mesothelioma injury lawyer at Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, contact us online or call 888-353-0491.