$3.6 Million Secured to date in Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Written by Jason Wentworth
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 20:55
A 70-year old man was dealt a crushing blow several years after his retirement: The discovery that his breathing problems were due to a serious form of asbestos cancer caused by his brief exposure to asbestos during military service.
As part of the court’s record, provided by leading asbestos law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, the man told the story of his life, his asbestos exposure and his diagnosis with mesothelioma cancer almost 50 years after he worked where materials containing the cancer-causing mineral were used.
Brief Military Service Leads to Asbestos Disease Many Decades Later
The Massachusetts native enlisted in the Navy in 1945, spending his first few months of service assigned to training centers before being assigned to a ship in the final stages of construction at New York’s Brooklyn Navy Yard. He spent several weeks aboard that ship, and witnessed asbestos-containing insulation materials being applied “all over” the ship.
The man was subsequently assigned to the crew taking the ship out for its initial shakedown cruise, where he was assigned to the Incinerator Room. While working in the small, 30-foot wide asbestos-insulated incinerator room, he was present when pipes that were damaged during weapons testing were repaired. He stated that “…during the testing of the five-inch guns and the quad forties, a pump broke loose, or something, and they had to repair it. And…they had to reinsulate it with asbestos.”
After completing his military service, he enrolled in college and began work at a global electronics manufacturing corporation until his retirement in 1989. After developing breathing problems, he sought medical treatment in September 1997 and was diagnosed with mesothelioma. The man subsequently underwent surgery where his right rib and the lining of his right lung were removed.
At the time of his 2000 deposition, he recalled his doctors telling him that the average life expectancy for mesothelioma patients was forty-two months.
Impacts on Quality of Life and Finances
An avid golfer, the man spoke about how his illnesses affected his enjoyment of the game: “Well, I used to play four, five times a week. But now I only can play once or twice….I can’t walk. I have to ride.”
Because of his pension income and his wife’s salary, he and his wife were not facing the immediate financial devastation many families struggling with an asbestos lung cancer diagnosis encounter. However, like other mesothelioma cancer patients, they faced the toll his illness would likely have on their income in terms of out of pocket medical expenses and other financial obligations.
Fortunately, with the help of Weitz & Luxenberg attorneys, the man has secured financial settlements of approximately $3.6 million since his mesothelioma cancer lawsuit was filed.
The cancer known as malignant mesothelioma is almost always caused by asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma symptoms largely depend on the type of mesothelioma a person has. Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the abdominal cavity and its symptoms include abdominal swelling and digestive problems. Pleural mesothelioma or lung mesothelioma, affects the lining of the lungs and the symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing of blood and chest pain. Currently, there is no cure for mesothelioma but there are a number of mesothelioma treatment approaches that can be effective if applied during the early stages of mesothelioma.
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.