Over $2 Million Secured to Date in Mesothelioma Settlement for Family of New Yorker
Written by Jessica Finkle
Thursday, 15 July 2010 23:23
A lifelong Long Island, New York man who dedicated his life to his country, his family and his children tragically discovered that during his military service, while on the job at the phone company and even when performing home renovations and work on the family cars, he was exposed to asbestos, a dangerous mineral known to cause asbestos cancers such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.
As part of his mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, he provided vital deposition testimony about his military, professional and home life to his attorneys at the New York City law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg.
The man testified that he enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after completing high school. During his three years of military service during WWII, he was trained in submarine school as a “torpedo man” but later served as a “fire control man.” His work also included shipboard repairs aboard submarines and aircraft carriers, where he was exposed to asbestos while running wires and cables through bulkheads and other areas on these vessels.
When asked about the amount of asbestos and asbestos dusts he encountered, he aptly described the asbestos exposure risk for virtually every Navy vet that served during this period: “Asbestos was just all over. It is all over the ship, and so anybody on the ship, I would assume, is exposed to asbestos.”
After being discharged from the Navy, the man worked for the telephone company for almost 40 years. At the beginning of his career, he worked as an installer and later as a repairman. His work required him to run, locate and repair phone wires and lines in basements and boiler rooms where asbestos insulation materials were often used. He was eventually promoted to management, serving as a foreman and later as a service supervisor, where he no longer faced on-the-job exposure to asbestos.
However, during his tenure with the phone company, he completed a renovation of his unfinished basement. He testified he did all the work on his own, and recalled using asbestos-containing joint compounding and joint cement while completing this project. He also helped a friend who was constructing his home from the ground up, and recalled working with several asbestos-containing projects during this period, including asbestos-containing wallboard, shingles and roofing materials.
He also helped with renovation projects at the homes of three of his daughters. These projects included kitchen and bathroom replacements, skylight installations and a family room renovation project. He recalled both using asbestos materials and being exposed to older building materials that contained asbestos during the demolition part of these projects.
He also testified that he was exposed to asbestos while repairing the brakes on the family’s cars, and estimated that he likely did at least 40 brake repair jobs on his vehicles as well as work on his daughter’s cars.
Health Problems Begin
Over the years, the man suffered from several serious health problems, including prostate cancer and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Both conditions were in remission at the time he gave his testimony.
Because of his earlier health problems, the man underwent periodic CAT scans and other tests to monitor his health. In July 2000, one of those tests revealed fluid in his stomach. He underwent additional medical testing, and was eventually diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Affects his Life, His Family
When asked how mesothelioma had affected his life, he recalled that during his treatment for his prostate condition and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, that he felt few side effects: “Still skied, fished, did everything that I ever did all my life and never had a problem really.”
After developing mesothelioma, he testified “…I just can’t do what I used to do, and I feel crappy. That is what it boils down to.”
On a financial level, he and his wife were dependent on his pension of $25,000 per year and their social security pensions.
In the time since his mesothelioma lawsuit was filed, throughout his illness and even after his passing, his family continues to benefit from over $2.1 million in lawsuit settlement proceeds on his behalf.
Mesothelioma cancer is the most serious asbestos related cancer. Most cases of mesothelioma are malignant mesothelioma cases. Pleural mesothelioma is a type of mesothelioma that develops in the lungs and chest cavity. Thus, it is also known as lung mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma is a type of mesothelioma that develops in the abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma symptoms can vary but often include coughing of blood, difficulty with breathing, fever, night sweats and abdominal swelling. Mesothelioma treatment options tend to be palliative in nature i.e., they improve a patient’s quality of life but do not cure the illness. The mesothelioma treatment PDT (photodynamic therapy) involves the use of a specific type of light to kill mesothelioma cancer cells. Other mesothelioma treatment techniques include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Weitz & Luxenberg Mesothelioma Attorneys
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