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Asbestos Exposure

The Harding Law Firm - Wednesday, June 24, 2015


The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

—Get Assistance from a Personal Injury Lawyer

Asbestos is a group of silicate minerals that occur naturally in the environment. Because of its remarkable strength and resistance to fire, chemicals and electricity, it was used in a variety of building materials for years. Unfortunately, by the time the government realized how deadly asbestos exposure could be, thousands of Americans were already suffering from diseases and illnesses. One of the most common risks of asbestos exposure is an increased risk of lung cancer (known as mesothelioma).

The Risks Associated with Asbestos Exposure

Numerous risks have been documented from frequent exposure to asbestos. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Asbestosis – This causes a scarring of lung tissue that can eventually restrict a person’s ability to inhale oxygen.
  • Lung Cancer – Victims of asbestos exposure have a heightened risk for lung cancer.
  • Mesothelioma – This type of lung cancer is the most deadly and is a cancer of the lung lining. It rapidly spreads and is rarely caused by anything other than asbestos exposure.
  • Stomach Cancer – Individuals exposed to asbestos also have a higher risk for developing cancer of the stomach lining.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, you need lawyers for asbestos victims by your side. Contact Charles Harding for a free consultation today.

What to do if You Have Been Exposed

Most individuals that are exposed to asbestos do so in a work environment. Some homeowners may have asbestos tiles, roofing shingles and other materials in their home that they remove without knowing they are being exposed. Those who are exposed in small amounts are often not at risk for the severe cancers, but anyone who is exposed daily at work is facing substantially increased risk.

If you suspect that you have been exposed to asbestos, stop the frequent exposures right away. Also stop your exposure to tobacco smoke – research has shown this can rapidly increase the development of cancer. Seek medical treatment right away and if you develop any respiratory illnesses or infections, have them treated as soon as possible.

Most importantly, contact a personal injury lawyer that specializes in asbestos exposure claims. Because most illnesses takes years to surface (long after the exposure), you need an attorney that understands the complex nature of these types of personal injury cases.

To hire lawyers for asbestos victims, contact Charles Harding. Our attorneys have years of experience handling asbestos-related injury cases and we can help you too. Call 518-384-3400 and book a free consultation today.

Motorcycle Accidents

The Harding Law Firm - Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What to do if You or a Loved One Has Been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident

—Seek Advice from a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in New York State

Motorcycle accidents are far more severe than car accidents. Because riders are exposed to objects, pavement and other debris, they often encounter more serious injuries than they might have if they were driving a car. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you are most likely going to have many questions. It is important to speak to a motorcycle accident attorney right away, but also ensure that you take the proper steps beforehand to preserve your claim.

10 Essential Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
After any type of accident, there will be a lot of stress and chaos. Try to remain calm as much as possible and if you can, follow these steps:

  • Call the police immediately and report the accident or have a witness call the police for you.
  • If able, take photographs of the accident scene, damage to your bike, witnesses and the other parties involved in the accident.
  • Write down the name and contact information of any witnesses as well as other drivers or riders involved.
  • Seek medical treatment right away. Do not wait to see a doctor; let a trained physician determine the extent of your injuries.
  • Discuss the accident in detail with the physician and let them know of any pain or discomfort you are experiencing from the accident. Be sure to disclose pre-existing injuries or medical conditions to the physician.
  • Call your insurance company and report the accident. You do not need to negotiate numbers at this point, but you have to comply with your insurance plan’s rules regarding when to report.
  • Take photographs of your injuries and get copies of your medical records.
  • Write down your own statement of what happened while you are waiting to meet with a personal injury lawyer. It is easy to forget small details, so the sooner you write it all down, the more accurate it will be later.
  • Do not talk to an insurance claims adjuster from your own insurance or the other party’s. Adjusters will try to call and act friendly while trying to figure out just how badly injured you are so that they can offer the smallest settlement possible.
  • Contact a motorcycle accident attorney in your area right away.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you need an attorney that specializes in these types of accidents. The injuries and damages associated with a motorcycle accident as well as the laws in New York State are not the same as motor vehicles. Therefore, you need an attorney that can examine your case with these things in mind.

Speak with a personal injury lawyer today by contacting Charles Harding. After a motorcycle accident, you have rights and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call 518-384-3400 and book a free consultation today.