The mesothelioma attorneys at the Simmons Law Firm represent victims of mesothelioma cancer throughout the United States including the state of New York. We have represented thousands of families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancer and have seen the suffering it causes firsthand. The Simmons Law Firm is dedicated to giving our clients the respect and attention they deserve, no matter where they live.
If you or someone you love has mesothelioma, we will come to you. Over the past decade, weve represented many clients throughout New York, including the cities of:
As a nationwide firm, our asbestos attorneys have the resources and experience necessary to represent individuals and families against large companies in this complex area of litigation. Our firm has recovered over verdicts and settlements for dozens of families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.
You should know that New York has a unique set of laws that could impact your ability to file a claim. For example, New York has statute of limitation laws that restrict the time frame in which mesothelioma victims and family members can file a lawsuit. Rest assured our mesothelioma lawyers are prepared to help you understand the process for filing an asbestos lawsuit and guide you through the legal system. Contact the Simmons Law Firm if you have a question about a potential case.
If you have mesothelioma or lung cancer due to asbestos exposure, please contact a Simmons Law Firm mesothelioma lawyer for a free case evaluation.
Asbestos is a deadly mineral that has been used in thousands of products. When microscopic asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can cause a number of diseases, including mesothelioma and lung cancer. Of the diseases caused by asbestos, mesothelioma is the most aggressive, attacking the internal lining of the lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma typically does not develop until decades after the asbestos exposure occurred.
When the World Trade Center was built between 1968 and 1972, it was sprayed with thousands of tons of asbestos insulation. While some of this insulation was removed in cleanup efforts throughout the years, much of the asbestos remained in the buildings until the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.1
When the two towers collapsed on September 11, 2001, they sent up a plume of dust that could be seen from space. Subsequent EPA studies of this dust showed that it contained up to three times the acceptable amount of asbestos particles. Another study by the Virginia firm HP Environmental showed that there could have easily been even more asbestos in the air, since the impact would have pulverized the mineral into particles too small for the EPAs tests to detect.2
People at high risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases from the 9/11 attacks include emergency personnel, Manhattan residents and office workers, and disaster cleanup crews. Some of these people have already begun to develop medical problems stemming from the attacks, including one New York paramedic who died from mesothelioma in 2006.3 A World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment program has been established for New York workers who are at risk for medical problems caused by the terrorist attack.
A number of work sites throughout New York are linked to asbestos exposure, including:
Brooklyn U.S. Naval Shipyard Brooklyn Naval Shipyard Brooklyn Coastal Dry Dock Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
New York City Subway Seatrain Shipbuilding Corporation Long Island Railroad/Penn Station Western Electric World Trade Center Pan Am Building Rockefeller Center Glen Clove Power Plant Bankers Trust Office Building 40th Street Powerhouse
Schenectady Schenectady County Courthouse Old American Locomotive Works American Locomotive Plant Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
Utica Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. General Electric Plant Utica Knitting Co. General Electric State Street General Electric French Road
If you or a loved one has suffered from an asbestos-related disease, please contact us today for a free legal consultation.
Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products including cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation. When microscopic asbestos dust particles becomes airborne, they can be inhaled or swallowed and can cause serious health issues.
Common work environments where a mesothelioma or cancer patient may have encountered asbestos include shipyards, oil refineries, sheet metal plants, automotive plants, construction sites, and many more. Here is a complete list of occupations that have been linked to asbestos exposure.
In 2010, the Simmons Law Firm established the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting research and advancing awareness about this rare cancer. The Foundation partners with established experts and thought-leaders in the mesothelioma research field.
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