Weitz & Luxenberg Attorneys Secure $2.4 Million to date in Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Written by Jason Wentworth
Monday, 07 June 2010 16:28
Despite being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer at the age of 39, a woman from the New York City area is still fighting more than 12 years after being diagnosed with the life-threatening cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
Tragically, the woman’s exposure to asbestos came not from her employment, but as a result of helping with household chores when she was a child. After being orphaned at age 8, she and her siblings were sent to live with an aunt and uncle, and recalled that her uncle “worked with boilers.”
As a child, she and her sister helped out with household chores, including vacuuming and doing the family’s laundry. Court documents provided by New York City’s Weitz & Luxenberg law firm included several statements from the woman regarding her chores while living with her aunt and uncle, and her recollection of shaking dust from her uncle’s work uniforms.
At the time of her 2000 testimony, the woman was the mother of two sons in their 20s and an 11 year old daughter. Her work history included employment at nursing homes in the area and her husband’s most recent employment involved property security at a construction site. Her previous work history did not involve work in any industry or job site where she would have had on the job exposure to asbestos-containing materials.
Diagnosed When Only 39 Years Old
While she had no ongoing lung or other health problems, the woman confessed to a history of uterine fibroids. In 1997, she underwent fibroid surgery, where her surgeon discovered the presence of tumors. After additional medical testing, she was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma.
In the three years since her diagnosis and when she first gave her testimony, she has undergone additional surgeries, courses of chemotherapy, undergone CT scans and many other medical tests. Tragically, at the time of her 2000 testimony, evidence of tumors had been found in her liver and colon and fluid had been discovered in her lungs.
Emotional Strain on the Family
When she first gave testimony in her mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, she was unable to work. She and her husband were struggling to survive on his income to raise her youngest child.
On a personal level, she talked about her love for dancing, jogging and exercising, how she was no longer able to engage in those activities, and its effect on her emotional health. She sadly said “I don’t have any strength, and I am depressed.”
Financial Help for Her Family
Since her diagnosis and the filing of her mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, she and her family have been significantly helped by the financial compensation her attorneys have obtained for her by way of settlements. As of June 2010, her lawyers have secured settlements of approximately $2.4 million.
Malignant mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Frequently, asbestos exposure occurs through inhalation of airborne asbestos fibers. Inhaled asbestos fibers become trapped in organs such as the lungs. Decades later, the asbestos fibers can lead to the development of cancers such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma symptoms can include shortness of breath, coughing blood, abdominal swelling, chest pain and night sweats. People at highest risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos cancers are those who worked with asbestos products. They include mechanics, sheet metal workers, plumbers, electricians and carpenters.
Mesothelioma usually occurs in the chest cavity and lungs. This type of mesothelioma is known as pleural mesothelioma or lung mesothelioma. Presently, there is no cure for mesothelioma. However, there are several mesothelioma treatment approaches that can benefit mesothelioma patients. These approaches include surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and photodynamic therapy.
Mesothelioma treatment approaches are generally most successful when applied during the early stages of mesothelioma. The stages of mesothelioma indicate the degree to which the cancer has advanced. In the earlier stages of mesothelioma, the cancer is close to its point of origin. In the later stages however, the cancer has usually spread to more distant regions of the body.
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 Monday, 07 June 2010 18:22