Weitz & Luxenberg Attorneys Recover Over $1.1 Million for Man with Asbestos Disease

Written by Jason Wentworth
Thursday, 10 June 2010 20:26
A New York City man who worked as a construction foreman at a number of the city’s landmark communities and buildings found too late that his work on these job sites exposed him to asbestos, a dangerous mineral and known carcinogen. He fought a valiant battle to combat the effects of his illness before asbestos disease claimed his life 9 years after he was diagnosed.

In testimony obtained as part of his asbestos lawsuit, filed on his behalf by Weitz & Luxenberg, he relayed information about his jobs, which involved work on apartment buildings in Coney Island and Brooklyn, as well new construction in Battery Park while the World Trade Center was being built.

In addition, he also worked on renovations and new construction at Penn Station, where he worked alongside plumbers, boilermakers, electricians, sheet metal workers and carpenters, all whom were “ripping out” asbestos-containing materials, as well as installing new insulation and other materials that contained asbestos.

First Diagnosed with Asbestos Disease

In 1994, he first noticed that his health was beginning to suffer: “When I was losing my breath, really, that’s the first time I went to the doctor, I had a water build-up in my lung.”  After undergoing a procedure to remove the fluid from his lungs, his symptoms returned, causing his doctor to first ask him about his asbestos exposure history.

He eventually underwent three or four additional procedures to remove fluid from his lungs, and lung tumors were eventually discovered.  According to the man, his doctor characterized his disease as “…a slow moving thing.  He said it’s what he called a nonmalignant tumor…The same thing that killed Steve McQueen.”

When asked how his illness was affecting his ability to engage in physical activity, he spoke of his regular visits to an area gym.  While he was still trying to engage in regular exercise, he said that after becoming ill, it took him 15-20 minutes to complete a one mile treadmill workout.

Financial Implications

At the time of his deposition, the man—who lost his wife to ovarian cancer eight years prior— had three adult children.  His youngest son, who was still single at the time of the man’s deposition, was still living at home with his father, but was not financially dependent on his father.

The man’s stated his sole sources of income came from the $2,200 he received each month from his pension and social security.  During his illness and even after his death, his three children continue to receive financial compensation by way of approximately $1.1 million in settlement proceeds from his asbestos disease lawsuit.

About Asbestos Cancer: Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer

Asbestos cancers such as mesothelioma cancer and lung cancer claim thousands of lives in the U.S. every year. Malignant mesothelioma often affects the lining of the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma) and the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma or lung mesothelioma). Currently, there is no cure for mesothelioma but there are mesothelioma treatment techniques that can help patients who are still in the early stages of mesothelioma. One such mesothelioma treatment technique is photodynamic therapy (PDT). Mesothelioma symptoms can vary depending on the type of mesothelioma that is involved. Common symptoms include night sweats, fever, abdominal swelling and difficulty breathing.

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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