New York Attorney Says Fallen Hero’s Respiratory Disease Reminder of Hazard Faced by Many 9/11 Rescue Workers
More focus needed on health screenings and early detection for workers at risk of respiratory cancer, says NY lawyer Joseph W. Belluck, who concentrates in mesothelioma cases.
New York, NY (PRWEB) December 11, 2010
New York attorney Joseph W. Belluck said the death of a New York police detective who breathed toxic World Trade Center dust while moving victims from Ground Zero underscores the long-term respiratory hazard faced by many first responder workers.
“The loss of one of our 9/11 heroes is a tragic reminder of the toxic air filled with asbestos and other carcinogens that many New Yorkers breathed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks,” said Belluck, a founding partner of the New York law firm of Belluck & Fox LLP, which represents victims of asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma. “It underscores the respiratory hazards that rescue workers and demolition workers confront any time they enter collapsing structures or burning buildings filled with asbestos and other carcinogens.”
New York police detective Kevin Czartyoryski died Sunday of lung cancer, nearly a decade after being exposed to toxic debris while working at Ground Zero. Czartyoryski developed lung cancer after suffering from pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lungs. The New York Police Department medical board presumed his health condition was caused by toxic air he breathed at Ground Zero.
Mr. Belluck noted that a 2010 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that a significant portion of the New York Fire Department rescue workers who breathed World Trade Center dust after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks still had abnormal lung function in 2008. Many respiratory ailments are chronic and get worse over time.
“The state of New York and the federal government need to improve screening and early detection of serious respiratory diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer among rescue workers,” Mr. Belluck said. “Breathing asbestos is a time bomb that can claim workers’ lives decades after the exposure. We are likely to see health effects from 9/ll for many years.”
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lung or abdomen closely associated with breathing asbestos.
The U.S. Fire Administration and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health have teamed up to study the potential increased risk of cancer among firefighters and whether the cancers are associated with exposures to particular contaminants such as asbestos.
About Belluck & Fox, LLP
Belluck & Fox, LLP is a nationally recognized law firm that represents individuals with asbestos and mesothelioma claims, as well as victims of crime, medical malpractice, motorcycle crashes, lead paint and other serious injuries. The firm provides personalized and professional representation and has won nearly $350 million in compensation for clients and their families.
Partner Joseph W. Belluck is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in the New York Area” and in Super Lawyers. Mr. Belluck has won numerous cases involving injuries from asbestos, defective medical products, tobacco and lead paint, including a recent asbestos case that settled for more than $12 million.
Partner Jordan Fox is a well-known asbestos and mesothelioma attorney who has been named to the Best Lawyers in America, New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in the New York Area” and to Super Lawyers. On two separate occasions his verdicts were featured as the National Law Journal’s Largest Verdict of the Year.
For more information, contact the firm at 877-695-2909, or through the firm’s mesothelioma information website.
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