New Jersey Asbestosis Lawyer
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The next step to take after receiving an asbestosis diagnosis from your physician is a phone call to Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP. Request a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey asbestosis lawyer about your case. During your consult, you’ll discover that you’re not alone – thousands of people are suffering asbestos-related illnesses and injuries and bringing legal claims against employers, product manufacturers, federal agencies, and other parties. You’ll also discover what your claim could be worth in the civil courts of New Jersey. Your journey toward justice starts with a call to 800-726-6326.
What Is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis is one of many diseases someone could suffer after exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a class of fibrous minerals manufacturers used in the 1900s to create a variety of fabric, building, and construction materials. The U.S. banned the use of asbestos in most fireproofing and insulating capacities in 1973, and passed the Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule in 1989. Unfortunately, these measures were several decades too late to prevent harmful asbestosis exposure for hundreds of thousands of workers and citizens.
Asbestosis is a chronic type of lung disease that causes fibrosis, or the scarring and thickening of tissues, in the lungs. People with asbestosis are also at high risk of malignant mesothelioma, a type of cancer that can develop in the lining of the pleura. One can develop asbestosis after inhaling microscopic asbestos fibers. Symptoms of asbestosis can include shortness of breath, chest tightness, chest pain, persistent cough, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fingertips or toes that looked “clubbed,” or wider than normal.
The populations most at risk of getting asbestosis are those people who worked or lived with or near asbestos. In New Jersey, shipyards and industrial facilities in the 1900s put workers at high risk of asbestos exposure, as did jobs in the construction, electricity, HVAC, engineering, and auto mechanic industries. If you were a first responder or firefighter who helped save lives or clean up debris after the 9/11 World Trade Center attack in New York, you could also have suffered asbestos inhalation. Talk to a dedicated New Jersey asbestos attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP to find out if your asbestosis gives you the right to financial compensation.
Compensation for Victims of Asbestosis in New Jersey
Asbestosis can lead to a chronic cough, pain, and fatigue. If it develops into pleural mesothelioma, the victim could have only one year to live on average. There is currently no cure for asbestosis or mesothelioma, although treatments can help improve prognoses. The economic and non-economic costs of asbestosis can translate into a six- or seven-figure settlement or jury verdict for victims and their families. With the right New Jersey personal injury lawyer, you can improve your chances of securing maximum compensation. You might be able to recover for your:
- Past and future medical costs
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering/mental anguish
- Lost wages and capacity to earn
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral/burial expenses
Aside from compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against an at-fault party, asbestosis patients may also qualify for recovery via a national asbestos trust and/or benefits from the Veterans Affairs.
Free Consultation with a Trusted New Jersey Asbestosis Attorney
The legal team at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, can help you explore all your legal opportunities as someone suffering from asbestosis. To schedule a free consultation at our local New Jersey office, call 800-726-6326 or submit an online request.