Western New York’s position on the great lakes, combined with its numerous railroads and the construction of the Erie Canal, led to tremendous growth during the first industrial revolution. As technology developed, factories and industries turned to asbestos to insulate boilers, pipes, and other industrial machinery. In addition, the early 1900s ushered in the use of asbestos in the automotive and construction industries.
Although research from as early as the 1930s revealed that exposure to asbestos was a major factor in lung disease, employees were rarely warned of the dangers, and even fewer were given the proper training and equipment to prevent exposure. To make matters worse, workers often brought asbestos fibers home on their clothes, exposing their family members to this deadly mineral.
Due to the latency period – the length of time between exposure and onset of asbestos disease – workers and/or their family members typically did not develop asbestos lung cancer or mesothelioma until 20-50 years after initial exposure. The combination of a large local workforce that was exposed to asbestos and a long latency period has, sadly, resulted in an alarmingly high rate of asbestos disease in the elderly population in Western New York.
If 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 do not miss any filing deadlines.