Mesothelioma is a serious, often deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Despite the known risks, the asbestos industry continued manufacturing asbestos-containing products and materials for decades—without warning the public. As a result of this outright negligence, the asbestos industry has rightfully come under fire for failing to warn consumers about the risks of asbestos exposure. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation for your mesothelioma case in Buffalo.
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Signs & Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Common signs and symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:
- Chest pain
- Painful coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Lumps under the skin on the chest
- Unexplained weight loss
Signs of peritoneal mesothelioma may include the following:
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal swelling
- Unexplained weight loss
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The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos exposure is the primary risk factor for mesothelioma and can be a contributing cause of lung cancer. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral known to be strong and heat-resistant. Asbestos was used throughout the 20th century in thousands of products including insulation and fireproofing materials, automotive brakes, and some molded plastics.
Asbestos exposure occurs when these products are worked with or disturbed in other ways, liberating the individual microscopic asbestos fibers, which are then inhaled. Mesothelioma and lung cancer can take 20 to 60 years to develop after exposure.
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High Risk of Asbestos Exposure in Buffalo, NY
For families in Buffalo, New York, mesothelioma diagnoses are more common than you might expect. According to a report from the Environmental Working Group Action Fund, the Buffalo area has a particularly high rate of asbestos-related illnesses and fatalities. In fact, asbestos-related deaths in Niagara County are approximately three times the rate of the national average, and Erie County has a rate of asbestos-related deaths that is 65 percent higher than the national average. Between 1999 and 2013, New York State experienced a total of more than 12,000 asbestos-related deaths. Even if the company that is responsible for your mesothelioma when out of business, you still have options: read more!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MESOTHELIOMA
How do I know if I have a mesothelioma claim?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer within the last three years, and you have been exposed to asbestos sometime during your lifetime, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. To know for certain whether you are eligible, our team of attorneys and investigators will immediately begin investigating the details of your case.
Can I still file a claim even if I was exposed many years ago?
Yes; in most cases, the cancerous effects of asbestos exposure do not reveal themselves until many years after exposure. Regardless of how long ago you were exposed to the asbestos that caused your cancer, you may still file a claim as long as the statute of limitations has not expired.
What is the statute of limitations for a mesothelioma case?
Under New York law, a person diagnosed with mesothelioma has up to three years from the date of his or her diagnosis to file a personal injury claim.
How much is my mesothelioma claim worth?
Each case is different, and it is difficult to give an estimate about a settlement or damages award without assessing the particulars of your case. You may be able to obtain compensation for hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering related to your mesothelioma diagnosis.
If you have questions about filing a claim, we can speak with you today. Contact Richmond Vona, LLC now to learn how we can help.