Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral known to be strong and heat resistant. It has been used in thousands of products including, but not limited to insulation, automotive parts, molded plastics, construction materials, and even baby powder.
Exposure to asbestos can lead to a diagnosis of mesothelioma or lung cancer many years after the date(s) of exposure. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that typically occurs in the lining of the lung called the pleura, while lung cancer occurs in the lung itself. Even if you smoked cigarettes, you may be entitled to significant compensation if you were exposed to asbestos and are later diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer.
According to a report from the Environmental Working Group Action Fund, Western New York has a higher than normal rate of asbestos-related illnesses and deaths. For example, asbestos-related deaths in Niagara County are approximately 3x the rate of the national average, while Erie County’s rate of asbestos-related deaths is 65% higher than the national average.
In the event you or a loved one are diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. Even if your loved one has passed away, you may still be eligible. Call our office at 800-343-8537 and one of our attorneys will be able to advise you of your options and make sure you don’t miss any filing deadlines.