Woman Awarded $3.4 Million in Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Written by Jason Wentworth
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 21:23
For almost ten years, a Long Island, NY woman battled the physical, emotional and financial effects that mesothelioma cancer had on her life and that of her family. Over the course of her battle with the disease and after her death, her children and other family members have benefited from over $3.4 million in compensation secured for her and her family by her attorneys.
Legal documents from the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg, the law firm that helped her file her mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, tells the story of a woman who developed the deadly asbestos cancer even though she never worked in an industry or occupation where exposure to the dangerous carcinogen would have taken place.
Her story—like the stories of many men and women who are diagnosed with mesothelioma or other diseases caused by secondary exposure to asbestos each year—involves a parent, sibling, spouse or other family member who worked in an industry where asbestos-containing materials were used.
In this woman’s case, her father worked as a welder at New York’s Brooklyn Navy Yard, and later for the transit authority. She recalled her father would return home each evening “…very dusty, full of soot, powder” and that he told her he “literally laid in the powder and dust.”
As a teenager helping her then-pregnant mother with household chores, she recalled shaking out her father’s work clothes, wiping down his leather jacket and shaking the dust from his shoes each day. She also helped with the laundry—both at an area laundromat and at home using a wringer washer—and laundered her father’s work clothes at least twice each week.
During her marriage, her husband worked as a carpenter for approximately 10 years. During that period, she recalled he worked with asbestos-containing materials: “…[h]e sheeted the houses, did sheeting and framing, worked on the roof. He worked with a lot of blackboard that my brother gave me to understand was full of asbestos; and I also washed his clothes.”
Physical, Emotional and Financial Consequences of Mesothelioma
The time between exposure to the cancer-causing mineral and when symptoms of illness are first noticeable (known as “latency periods”) can be 30-40 or more years long.
In this woman’s case, she first began to develop stomach pains in 1998 and sought medical treatment. After ruling out other possible health problems, she was diagnosed with mesothelioma. She subsequently underwent lung surgery and chemotherapy in 1999. In March 2000, she learned the cancer had returned and underwent additional chemotherapy treatments.
During her testimony, she spoke of the emotional impact her diagnosis had on her family. In particular, she related that her father felt extremely guilty for his role in her exposure to asbestos and eventual diagnosis with mesothelioma. She also stated that as part of her efforts to obtain more detailed information about his work history and the products with which he worked, that he “didn’t like talking about it.”
On a financial level, the woman, who had divorced from her former husband in the 1980s, was financially dependent upon her disability income. Fortunately, thanks to her attorneys, they were able to secure compensation that eased the burden for her and her family during the period between her diagnosis in December 1998 and when she finally succumbed to the disease in December 2009.
About Mesothelioma Cancer
Malignant mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Many people with mesothelioma suffer from peritoneal mesothelioma or pleural mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the lining of the abdominal cavity and pleural mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs and is often known as lung mesothelioma. Mesothelioma symptoms are generally related to the type of mesothelioma a person has. For example, peritoneal mesothelioma often involves abdominal swelling and digestive problems while pleural mesothelioma symptoms include shortness of breath and coughing of blood. There are several stages of mesothelioma. The stages indicate the degree to which the cancer has advanced. Mesothelioma treatment techniques are usually most effective during the earlier 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.