Over $3 Million Secured to Date in Mesothelioma Settlement for New York City Family
Written by Jason Wentworth
Monday, 21 June 2010 21:18
For decades, the asbestos lawyers at the New York City law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg have been fighting for the rights of countless men, women and families whose loved ones have been diagnosed with asbestos cancer.
One of the asbestos cancer patients the firm has helped is a New York area man who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, the most serious form of lung cancer caused by exposure to the dangerous mineral.
Tragically, despite his diagnosis with a disease that typically claims the lives of most patients within their first year of diagnosis, this man fought for almost seven years before succumbing to his illness.
Former Telephone Company Employee Faced Secondhand Exposure to Asbestos
As part of his asbestos cancer lawsuit, the man gave testimony about his life, his work history and his exposure to the carcinogen.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force for approximately four years, the man began work as a switchman, and eventually a line tester, for the former New York Telephone Company. During his tenure with the company, he worked out of several office locations in Manhattan’s financial district.
While he testified he did not work directly with asbestos materials, he recalled that the buildings where he worked were undergoing structural electronic equipment and wiring renovations, which caused him to be exposed to asbestos dusts on a daily basis: “…there was a lot of asbestos abatement going on in most of the buildings that I worked in. I started finding out that ceiling tiles in drop ceilings were made of asbestos, that a lot of the heat pipes and whatnot were covered with asbestos.” He also recalled that asbestos-containing wallboard had been used during the remodeling and that he was exposed to asbestos that been sprayed on exposed beams.
He also stated he was involved in a cable rewiring project at one of the buildings, where he was exposed to asbestos in the ceiling tiles and ceiling insulation materials: “…As time went by there was wire that we had to run in those drop ceilings. We had to take those tiles out and put them back in.”
Diagnosis with Mesothelioma
When he was 50, the man took advantage of a company early retirement incentive program. Instead of being able to enjoy his retirement, by the end of that year, he began to see his doctor because of symptoms of abdominal pain and bloating. Over the next several months, he underwent a number of procedures, including an abdominal tap where over eight liters of fluid were removed from his abdomen.
When his symptoms did not improve, he eventually underwent surgery and was told he had developed mesothelioma cancer: “They removed the omentum and whatever cancer they could remove. Then I started chemotherapy…That’s been going on since. “
In the time between his diagnosis and death, and even after the man passed away, his wife and two children continue to benefit from the hard work of his lawyers, who have been fighting for justice for this family. Since his lawsuit was filed, his widow and two children have been able to benefit from over $3 million in lawsuit settlement proceeds.
About Malignant Mesothelioma
Malignant mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. It can affect the abdominal cavity (peritoneal mesothelioma) or chest cavity (lung mesothelioma). Asbestos exposure frequently takes place at job sites. Workers such as mechanics, plumbers and boilermakers are at risk of developing asbestos diseases because they often work with asbestos containing products. Mesothelioma symptoms and symptoms of other asbestos cancers often take decades to appear. Treatment options are most effective during the early stages of mesothelioma but unfortunately, many cases of mesothelioma are not diagnosed until the later stages. The mesothelioma treatment PDT (photodynamic therapy) uses light of a specific wavelength to kill mesothelioma cancer cells. Other mesothelioma treatment techniques include radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.
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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 August 2010 21:52