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Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos Exposure Causes Lung Damage and Debilitating Disease

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Asbestos refers to a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment. You can find it in air, water, and soil. To some degree, everyone is exposed. Untouched and undisturbed, asbestos poses little long-term risk.

Disturbed, however, asbestos can be lethal. In fact, asbestos is a known human carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent.

Wide Use of Asbestos

Those living in the late 1800s and early 1900s had no idea how dangerous this substance was. But, because asbestos is resistant to heat, fire and some chemicals, manufacturers used it in many products. This included everything from cement and plastics to insulation, roofing materials, steam and hot-water pipes, brake pads, ceiling and floor tiles, paints, crayons, garden products and hair dryers.

Although the government has instituted strict safety protocols for using asbestos, you can still find it in products today. Asbestos is still used in building and home construction, insulation, automotive brake pads, gaskets, and clutches.

Asbestos Exposure Damages Your Lungs

For decades, workers subjected to asbestos dust and fibers suffered irreversible lung damage as well as other diseases.

Finally, in the 1970s, because of mounting public health concerns, U.S. government agencies banned many uses of asbestos. They also instituted strict safety protocols for working with asbestos. Some manufacturers also voluntarily discontinued its use.

Who Is Most at Risk from Asbestos Exposure?

Those working in certain industries are most at risk for long-term damage. These include workers in the shipbuilding industry (especially in Navy vets), construction and building, demolition, mining and milling, textile manufacture and the automotive trades.

Individuals involved in the rescue and cleanup at the World Trade Center in New York City, following the attacks on September 11, 2001, are also at risk of developing asbestos-related complications. These individuals include firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and construction workers. Residents living close to the towers and those who attended schools nearby may also be at risk.

Long-Term Complications Linked to Asbestos

Whenever and wherever asbestos fibers are released into the air, you are at risk. When you breathe in asbestos, the fibers become trapped in your lungs and remain there. Over time, scarring may occur, which can lead to a variety of significant health problems.

Typically, serious complications take years to appear, often a decade or more. Some individuals, however, do experience immediate discomfort after short-term, severe exposure.

Diseases Commonly Caused by Asbestos

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the membranes that line the chest, heart, abdomen and other organs
  • Asbestosis, an inflammation in the lungs causing coughing, difficulty breathing and lung damage

If you are suffering from the complications of asbestos exposure through your home or workplace, you may be entitled to compensation.

Deciding on the Best Attorney to Represent You

Selecting an asbestos lawyer can feel overwhelming. You can find hundreds of firms offering their services. So how do you determine who will best represent you?

Before making a decision, we suggest that you ask two critical questions. Which firm offers the solid experience that will best work for me? Which firm’s philosophy toward working with clients will serve my needs most effectively?

As one of the largest personal injury and mass tort plaintiffs’ firms in the country, Weitz & Luxenberg stands out as a firm that offers superior results over the long term. We have represented tens of thousands of individuals and believe that our attorneys can provide you with the expertise you deserve.

How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help

As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.

We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.

Recent W&L Results

  • $20 Million

    The family of a former Navy shipfitter who died earlier this year of mesothelioma received a verdict of against a manufacturer of boilers that were insulated with asbestos.

  • $25 Million

    Two men sought help after getting cancer due to asbestos-tainted products. Crane Co., the product manufacturer, acted recklessly and with conscious disregard for safety. W&L is relentless in ensuring that innocent victims are not brushed aside.

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  • More than 4,000 carpenters have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $75 million verdict for clients who were exposed to asbestos at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1940s and 1950s. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped asbestos clients settle their cases for as much as $12 million. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped almost 1,600 clients from New Jersey. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won lung cancer cases totaling almost $1.5 billion. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $190 million verdict for 5 clients who were exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Almost 22,000 construction workers have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Our Asbestos Exposure Team has more than 50 lawyers. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $16.25 million verdict from a dental tape supplier for a client who got mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $518 million from the chemical industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped Brooklyn Navy Yard workers get $104 million in a class-action case against Johns-Manville. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 39,000 clients have used us as their legal advisors.

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  • We got more than $110 million from the automotive industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We’ve been fighting for your rights for more than 25 years. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Our largest single Asbestos Exposure settlement was for almost $6 million. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped more than 7,000 clients from Arkansas. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won $11.6 million for the widow of a sheet metal worker who died of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We earned $7.4 billion for our clients. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We worked with more than 31,000 clients who had asbestosis or pleural disease.

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  • We got $1.6 billion from the maritime industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
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How Weitz & Luxenberg Helped Me

  • John Pilla’s Story

    Because someone was careless with asbestos and didn't do anything to keep people like my mom safe, I lost her and I lost my older brother both in the same day. My mom was still alive when she called Weitz & Luxenberg for help. She made the decision to call right after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. She knew what mesothelioma was, she knew how it happens, and she knew what was coming. For those reasons, she also knew that she needed to get legal representation quickly.

    - John Pilla NJ
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