It started out with a slight cough with the occasional wheeze. In time, you began hacking uncontrollably and could barely catch a breath. Now you're gasping for air and your chest burns with terrible pain. If you, or a family member were ever exposed to asbestos or silica, or have been diagnosed with silicosis or asbestosis, you may have grounds to take legal action. Contact the New York personal injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today. For decades, we have helped individuals and families who were unwittingly exposed to toxic substances obtain the justice and the compensation they deserve.
Call our office today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our personal injury team, at (212) 986-7353.
While a successful personal injury claim cannot undo the damage done to you or your family, it can certainly mitigate any immediate financial obstacles. Depending on your situation and condition, you may be able to collect for one or more of the following expenses:
- Long-term medical care
- Medical equipment
- Pain and suffering
- Specialist fees
Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP provide the highest level of legal expertise for victims of asbestos and silica exposure. We have the resources and the experience to properly represent your interests in and out of the courtroom. For more information call (212) 986-7353.
Silicosis is an incurable disease of the lungs that occurs when people inhale crystalline silica. Each year hundreds of people, especially workers, become ill due to particles inhaled at the workplace. Silica dust can be found in locations containing rocks, concrete, and sand. Mines, construction sites, quarries, and ceramic workshops are just a few places where people may be at risk for silicosis.
The severity of the silicosis depends on the length of exposure and the type of silica particle inhaled. Thousands of people around the world die each year of silicosis.
Like silicosis, asbestosis is a scarring of the lungs that occurs when an individual inhales asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a fireproof mineral that was widely used in the past century to insulate everything, from houses, to boats and even boiler rooms. Unfortunately, asbestosis is also incurable and can lead to more severe complications such as mesothelioma, a dangerous type of cancer.
Exposure to asbestos is a danger to all people, but especially those laboring in the construction and industrial professions. Employees working in construction sites, chemical plants, steel mills, and shipyards are likely to be exposed to one or more of the following materials - all of which have been connected to asbestosis:
- Cement sheets
- Roofing products
- Industrial parts
Each year thousands of people become ill due to particles inhaled at the workplace, including family members who may be subject to "take-home exposure" when asbestos fibers are carried into the home on the workers' hair, skin, shoes, etc. Silica particles and asbestos are especially dangerous and pose immediate threats to the health of the people who inhale them, as well as the public at large. If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma or silicosis as the result of asbestos and silica exposure, contact Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today at (212) 986-7353.