About $2 Million Secured for Family of Construction Worker in Mesothelioma Settlement to Date

Written by Jason Wentworth

Thursday, 17 June 2010 20:46

After an almost 14 year battle with asbestos-related disease, a New York City man eventually lost his life from complications related to asbestosis, and later on, from an asbestos cancer.

The man, who was a member of the New York City asbestos union, worked at new construction sites all over the city, including the World Trade Center, the Western Electric Building in the city’s Financial District, the American Airlines terminal at JFK Airport, as well as the construction of the Catholic chapel, Presbyterian chapel and Jewish Synagogue at the JFK airport.

As part of his asbestos disease lawsuit, filed on his behalf by the New York City law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg, the man gave testimony on several occasions regarding his decades-long work history and the products he worked with at these job sites where he worked with asbestos-containing materials (ACM).

One of the products he recalled working with throughout his work history was a product known as asbestos block, and stated the block produced “a lot of dust” when it was cut for use on hot water tanks, steam piping, steam flanges, hot water tanks, converters, heaters and boilers.   The man testified that his job required him to “cut the block up and…put it around the flange.”

He also recalled that asbestos block was used on breaching:  “It’s made out of number ten iron.  It’s steel.”

Almost 15 years after his last exposure to building materials that contained the dangerous, cancer-causing mineral, he was diagnosed with asbestosis, a chronic lung condition.  Asbestosis patients suffer from breathing impairments caused by long-term scarring of lung tissues that results in shortness of breath and other pulmonary complications.

The condition caused him to have episodes where he would wake up during the night:  “…I have no breath and I panic.”  Five years later, the man’s condition worsened, and after undergoing additional testing, he was diagnosed with asbestos related lung cancer.

When asked how his asbestos disease impacted his life, he sadly explained that “…emotionally and physically, it’s like almost a death sentence… I have asbestos on the lung….It’s not a pleasant thought.”  He also related the information his doctors had given him about his illness: “They just said you have got asbestos on your lungs, there’s nothing you can do about it, period….I can read between the lines, it’s going to worsen, not get better…”

Throughout his battle with his illness and even after his death, the man’s wife of over 50 years, his four children and four grandchildren have been helped by Weitz & Luxenberg.  To date, his lawyers’ fight for justice has led to lawsuit settlement proceeds of approximately $2 million, which has helped the family to pay bills and other financial obligations.

Additional Information on Asbestos Cancer

Asbestos exposure can lead to lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer. It can affect the lungs (pleural mesothelioma or lung mesothelioma) and the abdominal cavity (peritoneal mesothelioma). Mesothelioma symptoms usually appear decades after exposure to asbestos has occurred. The symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, abdominal swelling and night sweats.

There are four stages of mesothelioma. The stages indicate the degree to which the cancer has spread and the treatment options that may be viable. Presently, there is no cure for mesothelioma cancer but there are treatment options that can improve the quality of a patient’s life. One mesothelioma treatment technique is photodynamic therapy (PDT). This technique uses light of a specific wavelength to kill mesothelioma cancer cells.

Weitz & Luxenberg Mesothelioma Attorneys can help

Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma lawyers are among the leading mesothelioma lawyers in the U.S. The firm has been specializing in mesothelioma cancer cases since 1986 and has won millions of dollars for thousands of people suffering from mesothelioma. Weitz & Luxenberg accepts mesothelioma cancer cases from all regions of the U.S. and certain regions of Canada. Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos lawyers have been recognized as the “Best Lawyers of New York” by New York Magazine. To learn more about a Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma attorney, visit http://www.weitzlux.com. To learn about jobs that involve the risk of asbestos exposure, visit http://www.mesotheliomajobs.com.

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