New York City Tuberculosis Attorney
What is Tuberculosis (TB)?
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB most commonly affects the lungs but the bacterial infection can affect almost any part of the body such as the kidney, spine and brain.
Have you or a loved one suffered a disease or injury caused by Tuberculosis? Our New York City tuberculosis attorney can help you recover compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact a New York City tuberculosis attorney today!
It is estimated that a third of the world’s population is infected with the bacteria that causes TB. Each year about 8 million people develop the disease and up to 2.5 million people worldwide are killed by it. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, more than 14,000 cases were reported in 2003 in the United States.
For example, in the past, the Department of Health and St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx announced a nurse working at the New York hospital was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The nurse worked in the postpartum, well-baby nursery, neonatal intensive care and psychiatric units, and has potentially exposed 700 people, including 238 babies, to Tuberculosis (TB).
How Does Tuberculosis (TB) Affect the Body?
Initially, there may be no symptoms showing signs of tuberculosis infection. When symptoms do develop, they may commonly include:
- a persistent cough, usually for more than three weeks
- night sweats for weeks or months
- pain in the chest
- coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs)
- weight loss
- high temperature
- shortness of breath
Tuberculosis (TB) is spread through the air from one person to another when a person infected with active TB coughs or sneezes. People nearby who breathe in the bacterium can become infected easily in New York. Contact our New York City tuberculosis attorney now if you suspect you or a family member has been exposed to Tuberculosis.
Who is at risk of being infected by Tuberculosis (TB)?
Anyone can get TB. However, people who are at greater risk of developing TB include:
- children and older people
- those living in overcrowded conditions
- those who have a poor diet
- people with HIV
- the homeless
- those who have a weakened immune system because of other medical conditions, such as diabetes, or because of other medical therapy, such as immunosuppressant medication
Legal Help for New York City Victims of Tuberculosis
If you, a family member, or a friend have been infected by Tuberculosis in New York, please contact the New York City tuberculosis attorney of Finz & Finz, P.C., at (855) TOP-FIRM today or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form on the right of this page for Injury Attorneys to review.