Many hairdressers were unknowingly exposed to asbestos through hair dryers and other equipment they used on the job. Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford is committed to seeking justice for hairdressers exposed to asbestos. 

Asbestos’ physical properties made it seem like an ideal choice of material for applications requiring heat resistance or insulation. Because of this, asbestos found its way into a variety of consumer goods and other products for several decades during the mid-to-late-20th century — until it was discovered that asbestos is a carcinogen.

Even hairdressers exposed to asbestos have a risk of developing mesothelioma later in life. Hairstylists and beauty professionals who used hair dryers and similar equipment in the 60s and 70s may have used equipment that contained asbestos. This means that hairdressers may be at risk of later developing mesothelioma.

If you or a loved one was a hairdresser in decades past and have now developed mesothelioma, asbestos exposure is likely the culprit. Contact us at Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford as soon as possible.

You may be entitled to financial compensation, but you must act quickly to exercise that right.

Hairdressers Exposed to Asbestos in New York

How Serious Is the Risk to Hairdressers Exposed to Asbestos?

Exposure to asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma later in life. Construction workers, pipefitters, and shipbuilders all have a high risk of developing mesothelioma. This is because their exposure to asbestos was continuous and significant.

Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive form of cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded only 2,875 new cases in 2018. These numbers are fortunately trending downward, which means that there have been fewer and fewer cases of mesothelioma reported over the past several years.

For those who do develop mesothelioma, though, the prognosis is not good. Depending on the type of mesothelioma and the stage at which it is discovered, you or your loved one may only have a matter of months to live.

Your risk of developing mesothelioma as a hairdresser depends on how you were exposed to asbestos and for how long. There are two main ways hairdressers may have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace:

Hair Drying Equipment

Certain handheld hair dryers and hair drying stations used asbestos to insulate their internal parts and prevent them from overheating. When hairdressers would use this equipment, tiny asbestos fibers could be released into the hair and inhaled or ingested by the hairdresser.

Building Renovations and Repairs

Asbestos found many uses in the construction industry during the height of its popularity. Asbestos was used to make insulation, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, drywall compound, and even cement. These asbestos-laced products were popular for use in residential and commercial buildings.

So long as these materials remained undisturbed, there was no immediate threat to hairdressers or other building occupants. But if you renovated the building, changed the ceiling or floor tiles, or otherwise disturbed the asbestos products in any way, then asbestos fibers could become airborne.

We understand that receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis can not only be emotionally overwhelming but confusing, too. That is why at Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC, we take time to get to know you and your case.

We want to be able to explain not just what your diagnosis means for your legal rights but also who may be responsible for causing your exposure to asbestos. Call our firm today and request a free initial case consultation with our legal team.

Development and Spread of Mesothelioma

Not all hairdressers exposed to asbestos will develop mesothelioma. It can be years or decades after asbestos exposure before you begin showing signs of asbestos exposure.

Once mesothelioma does take root, though, it can move and spread quickly. Options available to treat mesothelioma quickly disappear as the disease progresses into later stages.

Some of the first symptoms of mesothelioma can be missed because they resemble symptoms commonly associated with other conditions. For instance:

  • In the lungs, mesothelioma may begin with a cough or feeling short of breath
  • In the stomach, mesothelioma may start with bloating or abdominal pain
  • In the pericardium, mesothelioma’s first symptoms may be chest pain
  • In the testicles, mesothelioma may commence as swelling of one or both testes

From here, mesothelioma will progress through four distinct stages.

Stage One Mesothelioma

In this initial stage, mesothelioma is present in one localized area of the body, such as in a single lung. Mesothelioma has not spread to your lymph nodes and is only present on one side of your body. In this stage, your oncologist and treatment team have several treatment options available to them.

Stage Two Mesothelioma

Next, mesothelioma will spread to your lymph nodes. However, the mesothelioma continues to be present only on one side of your body. There are still a few treatment options available, but they may not be as numerous as in stage one.

Stage Three Mesothelioma

After this, your mesothelioma will spread further into your lymph nodes. Your surrounding organs will also show signs of mesothelioma spread. At this point, your options for treatment begin to become even more limited due to the spread of cancer in your body.

Stage Four Mesothelioma

Some individuals are not diagnosed with mesothelioma until it has reached this stage due to the confusing nature of symptoms. At this stage, cancer is present throughout the lymph nodes and organs and is present on both sides of the body. Any treatment offered at this stage will typically be to improve your quality of life and relieve pain.

The cost of mesothelioma treatment can be significant. However, because mesothelioma develops in hairdressers exposed to asbestos who were not aware of the risks present in their equipment, compensation may be available. This compensation can help you pay for the treatment you need, no matter the stage of your mesothelioma.

Call us, your experienced New York mesothelioma lawyers, and request a free initial consultation. If you or your loved ones believe you are hairdressers exposed to asbestos, Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC can help.

Who Pays Compensation to Hairdressers Exposed to Asbestos?

If you were a hairdresser exposed to asbestos and later developed mesothelioma, the compensation you receive will come from the person or company that is responsible for your exposure. In the case of a handheld hair dryer or drying station, the company that made that product may be responsible for paying damages.

If your asbestos exposure came from the building in which your salon or chair was located, then compensation may come from your landlord if they knew or should have known asbestos was in your building.

Similarly, if renovations were done that disturbed asbestos while you were working there, then the company that performed the renovations may be responsible.

In either event, it is critical to identify and seek suit from the appropriate responsible party. Our firm can help you do just that. Let us assist you with your mesothelioma claim.

Choose Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC as Your Mesothelioma Law Firm

Hairdressers exposed to asbestos deserve compensation for their mesothelioma diagnosis. At Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC, we have over 100 years of combined experience in helping our clients seek the compensation they are due. We have recovered over $1 billion in compensation for our clients.

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, do not wait any longer. Call our law firm, schedule your no-obligation case review, and let our compassionate and knowledgeable team demonstrate our commitment to justice for you and your family through a mesothelioma claim.

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