NYC Firefighter Attorneys Fight for Victims of Asbestos Exposure
Reputable lawyers deliver results for 9/11 responders
Asbestos is the single largest cause of occupational cancer in the United States. Although the mineral was banished from U.S. industry decades ago, it is still present throughout existing structures. When those structures burn, asbestos fibers become airborne. Given the nature of the job, asbestos poses a persistent risk to firefighters. However, there is help available for firefighters and other responders stricken with asbestos-related diseases, either through an asbestos trust fund or the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund. Barasch & McGarry has been at the forefront of the fight to secure compensation and benefits for 9/11 responders. If you have an asbestos-related illness, we are determined to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Help for 9/11 responders with asbestos-related illness
Nowhere has the risk of asbestos exposure been more evident than in the hundreds of cases of cancer in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The twin towers of the World Trade Center tower were constructed prior to the ban on asbestos, so the toxic mineral was present throughout those structures: drywall, plaster, floor tiles, insulation, ceilings and caulking. When those buildings were destroyed, numerous toxins, including asbestos, were released in virulent form. It is no wonder that so many responders who labored for so many long weeks at the site are suffering as a result.
In response to this disaster, our firm has fought for hundreds of 9/11 responders and their families. We’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars from the Victims’ Compensation Fund for our clients, and continue to represent afflicted individuals and their families. If you are suffering from a post-9/11 illness, we can help you take legal action.
Diseases related to asbestos
Numerous diseases have been linked directly to asbestos or have been associated with it. These include:
- Mesothelioma — The disease with which asbestos is most associated is a cancer of the mesothelium, the protective lining of organs. It appears most often in the lungs, but can affect the stomach, heart and testicles.
- Lung cancer — Asbestos is responsible for only a small percentage of lung cancers, and it is impossible to distinguish from lung cancer caused by another risk factor, such as smoking.
- Ovarian cancer — Asbestos fibers can reach a woman’s ovaries through the blood stream, lymph system or reproductive tract.
- Laryngeal cancer — A rare asbestos-related cancer, also indistinguishable from a cancer caused by more likely risk factors.
- Other cancers — Cancers that are loosely associated with asbestos exposure include esophageal cancer, gallbladder cancer, kidney cancer and throat cancer.
- Asbestosis — Non-cancerous disease characterized by severe scarring and inflammation of the lungs.
- Pleural effusions — Painful build-up of liquid in the pleural cavity that restricts breathing.
- Pleural plaques — Thick, calcified areas on the pleura which make breathing painful.
- Pleuritis — Inflammation of the pleura that causes sharp chest pain.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — COPD encompasses chronic bronchitis and emphysema, which make breathing difficult and painful.
These illnesses can cause serious injury, disability and death. If you are affected, seek competent medical assistance, but also consult an injury attorney with experience in post-9/11 illness cases.
If you have an asbestos-related disease, contact our NYC firefighter lawyers
If you or a loved one is suffering from illness caused by asbestos exposure, we can help. Barasch & McGarry is a leading advocate for victims of post-9/11 illnesses, and we’ve recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Even if you did not work at Ground Zero, you may be eligible for benefits from an asbestos trust fund. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 844.874.1564 or contact our office online.