New York Mesothelioma Lawyers
Representing Those Affected by Asbestos Exposure in New York & New Jersey
Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer that develops in the mesothelium, the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Like other cancers, mesothelioma can spread everywhere in the body. About 3,000 new cases of malignant mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States, with incidences of the disease on the rise over the course of the past 20 years.
Asbestos is the main culprit that causes malignant mesothelioma. Asbestos was very commonly used by many industries in the last century. Workers involved in the manufacture of products that had asbestos in them are at risk today for asbestos-caused diseases, including mesothelioma, as are those workers who worked with asbestos itself.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the New York mesothelioma lawyers at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC to schedule a free consultation. You could be entitled to financial compensation for your losses, including your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. We have offices located in New York and New Jersey.
Who Is Most at Risk of Developing Mesothelioma?
When asbestos is disturbed, it releases microscopic fibers into the air where they can then be breathed in or ingested. As such, those who worked with and around asbestos are at a higher risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma.
High-risk jobs for asbestos exposure include:
- Industrial plant workers
- Auto workers and mechanics
- Drywall installers
- Refinery workers
Sadly, workers’ families were also often exposed to asbestos simply by coming into contact with their loved one. Clothes contaminated with asbestos came through the door on the worker’s back and were a prime source of secondary exposure, similar to the way people are exposed to second-hand cigarette smoke in the home.
To do their job properly, the lungs must be able to easily contract and expand. Pleural mesothelioma, which impacts the pleural lining of the lung, causes symptoms similar to slow strangulation—the lungs progressively become thickened and leathery, losing their ability to allow oxygen to get into the bloodstream. Over time the afflicted person develops progressive shortness of breath and, often, a feeling that they just can’t breathe or catch their breath.
Types of Mesothelioma
There are several different types of mesothelioma, named for the area of the body that is affected. The most common type of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma, which affects the pleural lining around the lungs.
Mesothelioma of the abdominal cavity, called peritoneal mesothelioma, accounts for the second highest number of cases. As the peritoneal lining thickens, fluid, called ascites, begins to build up, causing difficulty breathing.
Pericardial mesothelioma, the third type, works the same way as pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, but in these cases, it is the lining of the heart that thickens and acts as a leathery vice preventing the heart from properly pumping. Pericardial mesothelioma can lead to heart failure.
While there is treatment for all types of mesothelioma, the tragedy is there is no cure. Mesothelioma is a fatal disease with poor five-year survival rates in just about every case.
Why Hire Simonson Goodman Platzer PC?
The New York mesothelioma lawyers at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC have been representing victims of medical malpractice for decades. Our lawyers have recovered money for clients in 98% of the medical malpractice cases they have handled. They have consistently been recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” and have been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® list numerous times..