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Mesothelioma Lawyers New York

Map of asbestosis and mesothelioma deaths in New YorkThe mesothelioma lawyers at Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason, with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, continue to help victims suffering from mesothelioma throughout the United States. You will be comforted to know we are one of the only groups of lawyers that exclusively handle asbestos related cases and help those who have been specifically diagnosed with mesothelioma. For more than 30 years this has been and continues to be our specialty. Our attorneys have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and jury awards for our clients and their families.

The Need for Mesothelioma Attorneys in New York

Sometimes considered the birthplace of the American asbestos industry, many New York citizens are in jeopardy of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.

In 1858, Henry Ward Johns founded the H.W. Johns Manufacturing Company, which specialized in asbestos roofing, textiles, and insulation materials. It would later become the Johns Manville Corporation – the world’s largest producer of asbestos products. Mr. Johns died of asbestosis in 1898.

Johns Manville produced asbestos-containing products for the automotive, aerospace, insulation and construction industries through the mid-1980s. In 1982, after the dangers of asbestos had become public knowledge, the company filed for protection under the US Bankruptcy Code as a result of asbestos-related lawsuits. At that time, the company was ranked 181 on the Fortune 500 and was the wealthiest firm to ever file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Asbestos is common in many and historic building in New York and other New England states. At the time of construction they were built using products that contained asbestos. Almost 400 public buildings, jobsites, and institutions are known to have issues with asbestos exposure. This includes places such as oil refineries, shipyards, schools, power plants, and churches.

According to the Environmental Working Group Action Fund, between 2,626 and 4,088 people have died from asbestos related diseases in New York State between 1979 and 2001. Note there is a huge discrepancy because the government didn’t start tracking mesothelioma deaths until the 1990s.

Asbestos Exposure and September 11th

Asbestos exposure has become an increasingly important issue since the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11th 2001. Those who were involved in the rescue, recovery, and cleanup at the site are at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.

Asbestos was used in the construction of the North Tower and when it was attacked and collapsed, roughly 2,000 pounds of asbestos fibers were released into the air. Firefighters, police officers, paramedics, workers, and anyone else working at the site are in the most danger. Those who were living, working, or attending school near Ground Zero may also be at risk.

Contact Our Attorneys Today

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our offices today. We will provide a free mesothelioma case evaluation and will fly to your location to meet with you in person. There is no up front cost to you for our services. We are here to help.