Weitz & Luxenberg Attorneys Recover About $2.2 Million in Mesothelioma Case
Written by Jason Wentworth
Friday, 11 June 2010 20:13
In 2001, a 33-year old Virginia man, business owner and patriarch of a large blended family saw his life, his health, and his future dramatically change in the course of a single day when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer.
After weeks of suffering from abdominal pain (one of the symptoms of mesothelioma), he took advantage of a day off of work to obtain treatment at an area healthcare facility. After being sent to a local hospital for a CAT scan for possible appendicitis, by the end of the day he was undergoing surgery to remove “a mass in my lower stomach about the size of a cantaloupe.” He was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, an asbestos cancer.
Nine years later, while still battling a disease that claims the lives of many mesothelioma patients within the first year of their diagnosis, he still faces painful medical treatments and significant financial expenditures for his condition and to support his large family. Fortunately, his attorneys have been fighting for his family as well, and they have benefited from approximately $2.2 million in settlement proceeds from his mesothelioma cancer lawsuit.
First Exposed to Asbestos When Still a Teenager
During the 1980s, he held a full-time position at a two different full-service gas stations in his community. As part of his testimony, given as part of his mesothelioma cancer lawsuit filed on his behalf by Weitz & Luxenberg, he explained his job duties: “I pumped gas, checked oil, washed windows… checked all the fluids under the hood and air in the tires… I did tire work there…”
He subsequently stated he performed an average of five tire repairs each day. In the course of removing and repairing vehicle tires, he inhaled asbestos-contaminated brake dusts every day. He also worked in close proximity to the mechanics who worked at the stations, who removed and replaced asbestos-containing brake shoes, brake linings and automotive gaskets on an almost daily basis.
Several years later, he formed a construction carpentry business with his father-in-law. During the operation of that business, he worked as a subcontractor for an area real estate developer, and did what he characterized as “rough carpentry” in the construction of new single family residences and town home communities. He did not work with other contractors during this period that would have caused him to be exposed to asbestos-containing materials.
Impact on his Family
At the time of his deposition, he was the primary support for three children from his first marriage, two children from his second marriage, and provided financial support for two stepchildren and his stepdaughter’s newborn infant. At that time, his only financial contribution to his family came from his SSI benefits.
His illness has had a significant impact on his ability to engage in activities he previously enjoyed, as he was no longer able to attend or coach his children’s flag football games, attend his daughters’ cheerleading competitions, take his children to the batting cage, or to the beach to swim, surf or fish.
He also expressed having to cope with needing and accepting help from neighbors and friends: “Kind of like if you knew me before I’d almost refuse help. I’d be helping other people pretty much. I mean, that’s something I can’t really do now either…So it kind of makes me feel like, you now, I’m half the man I used to be, pretty much.”
More on Mesothelioma Cancer
Mesothelioma can originate in the abdominal cavity and that is known as peritoneal mesothelioma. It can also originate in the lungs or chest cavity, that is known as pleural mesothelioma (or lung mesothelioma). It is generally accepted that there are four stages of mesothelioma. The stages indicate the degree to which the cancer has spread and the treatment options that may be feasible. One mesothelioma treatment option is photodynamic therapy (PDT). This procedure kills mesothelioma cancer cells by using light of a specific wavelength.
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.