Brooklyn Bus Depot Pumped with Asbestos-Filled Air

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When we set out on our morning commute, or go to our place of employment, the last thing any person expects is to find themselves exposed to a toxic fiber like asbestos. Unfortunately, this is exactly what has occurred at an East New York Bus Depot in Brooklyn. For decades, MTA has pumped asbestos filled air, putting a number of lives at risk. For more than 7 months, officials were aware there was a problem and failed to warn the more than 1,000 people employed at the busy bus depot.

Asbestos is a harmful fiber that can produce devastating results when exposed. These tiny fibers can be inhaled and have a serious impact on the lungs and digestive tract. Exposure to asbestos can cause serious illnesses such as:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer

Because asbestos was found in the depot’s boiler room and has for decades been pumped into the air of the Brooklyn Bus Depot, thousands, including several high school students interning for the MTA may have been exposed. Although the MTA has since cordoned off the area, for several years these vents lined with asbestos- laced cloth has pumped air into the first three floors of the building.

The Risk of Asbestos Exposure

When asbestos is inhaled into the system, it can essentially damage the DNA, causing cellular changes. Although no level of exposure is safe, when a person has been repeatedly exposed to asbestos fibers, the fibers are ingested into the digestive tract and respiratory system. Although asbestos-related diseases can take a number of years to develop, it is possible for some conditions to develop in as little as 10 years. Common signs of asbestos exposure include:

  • Respiratory Complications
  • Chest Tightness
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Dry Cough
  • Crackling Sound
  • +More

If you have been exposed to asbestos, at the Brooklyn Bus Depot or elsewhere, it’s important that you are regularly screened for illnesses related to asbestos exposure. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, and is suffering from an illness, as a result, contact an asbestos lawyer as soon as possible.

Get Legal Help Now

MTA did not take immediate action to mitigate the risk of asbestos exposure, even after months of knowing there was a problem. If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and is currently suffering from illnesses such as mesothelioma or asbestosis, contact the law offices of an asbestos lawyer immediately. An asbestos lawyer is prepared to assist you by reviewing your case and assist you in gathering evidence that links your illness to the responsible party. A strong case may yield compensation for damages such as:

  • Medical Expenses (Past and Future)
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Punitive Damages

Taking action in a timely manner is essential to your case. For the help you deserve, contact an asbestos lawyer to discuss your case as soon as possible.

Asbestos exposure can be a terrifying prospect. Thus far, MTA has refused to put exposed workers into an asbestos monitoring program. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos at the Brooklyn bus depot, where officials turned a blind eye to this potential health crisis, you need to contact an experienced asbestos lawyer as soon as possible. During a time when those responsible did not take action when it was most important, work with a workers compensation lawyer who will stand in your corner and fight for your rights.

Contact Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C. today so that we can begin helping you take action during a time when you need it most.