Weitz & Luxenberg obtains $500K settlement for Rockefeller Center carpenter with mesothelioma cancer

Between 1950 and 1980, before New York City asbestos regulations were enacted, he worked as a general contractor in Rockefeller Center, where he served as carpentry foreman to a 16-member crew. His assignments took him everywhere within the Art Deco landmark, from the boiler room at the Associated Press building to the sky-high ballroom of the famed Rainbow Room.

For more than 30 years he worked with asbestos products. He hung asbestos-made drywall, cut fireproof ceiling and floor tiles, built cabinets, worked with plumbers in boiler rooms, and customized asbestos-caulked fire doors, some weighing up to 50 pounds each. “All doors in Rockefeller Center are fire doors,” he said. What about a kitchen or a closet? “Fire door.” There’s a broom closet? “Fire door. That was the law.”

Nearly every construction activity at Rockefeller Center exposed him to asbestos materials – either directly, as he cut into hundreds of fire doors to customize their fittings to hang over floor carpets; or indirectly, in boiler rooms working alongside plumbers removing and applying asbestos insulations to steam pipes.

$500K settlement for carpenter with mesothelioma cancer

Regular occupational exposure to asbestos materials led to a diagnosis of mesothelioma cancer on March 18, 2009. The law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg defended his interests against the manufacturers of these products and, less than a year after his diagnosis, obtained a $510,813 compensatory check for him and his family.

This award did not come without great expense, however.

After mesothelioma cancer treatments that included chemotherapy and radiation, the retired carpenter began to feel his stamina decline. “I use to enjoy helping my boys repair things,” he told us. “I haven’t been able to do that for more than a year.”

At 5’6”, he no longer maintains his life-long 190-pound stature. “I am constantly losing weight. My doctor told me I have to gain weight. I eat everything, but I’m holding at 160. I don’t know why.”

What is mesothelioma cancer?

Mesothelioma is an insidious disease known the world over as the signature asbestos-related cancer. It is primarily a job-related disease, contracted through the inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibers dislodged into the air during construction work activities. It kills 90,000 people around the world every year, and 3,000 in the U.S., alone.

Mesothelioma has a long dormant period. It is often not diagnosed until 20 or more years after exposure because it takes that long for asbestos fibers to fester into malignant lung tumors. The prognosis is dire. There is no cure for mesothelioma.

When it’s time to seek justice

For more than two decades, Weitz & Luxenberg has won substantial verdicts and settlements for asbestos-injured clients. And in that time the firm’s mesothelioma lawyers have won several billion dollars defending carpenters, plumbers, shipyard workers and workers in nearly every asbestos-plagued construction trade.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and seek FREE legal guidance on your eligibility to bring an asbestos lawsuit, please notify us through the communication form below. Our seasoned lawyers will seek the most advantageous settlement we can obtain to help you pay for medical bills, lost wages, damages and suffering.

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