BROOKLYN NAVY YARD ASBESTOS DANGERS
Diagnosed with mesothelioma? Weitz & Luxenberg will seek the maximum
compensation you and your family are entitled to.
Weitz & Luxenberg burst to the forefront of asbestos litigation 24
years ago when it obtained a record-setting $75 million for 36 Brooklyn Navy
Yard workers diagnosed with mesothelioma and
other fatal diseases linked to asbestos exposure.
BROOKLYN NAVY YARD ASBESTOS
July 29, 2010 – No place is more “New York” than Brooklyn. And no place in
Brooklyn more epitomizes the hazards of occupational asbestos exposure than
the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a proud one and can be traced back
to the years immediately following the American Revolution when, in 1801, the
fledgling U.S. government purchased 40 acres of land located on the East River
and turned it into an active U.S. Navy shipyard five years later.
For more than 150 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard served its country well by
producing and repairing naval warships right up through the 1960s.
The real heyday of the Brooklyn Navy Yard was during WWII, when the shipyard
employed more than 70,000 workers and operated 24/7. At least 65 naval vessels,
including some very important and legendary ships, such as the U.S.S. Saratoga
and PT 109, were launched from its piers.
Brooklyn Navy Yard asbestos
The yard’s glorious history, however, is not spotless. Many believe that the
owners and managers of these facilities during the 1940s, 50s and 60s are
directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of shipyard workers who endured
daily exposures to asbestos, perishing years later from diseases like lung cancer and asbestosis.
Brooklyn Navy Yard managers saw to it that asbestos-based insulation
products, used by the ton, were generously applied below deck to their warships.
All this occurred, despite employers’ knowledge of asbestos toxicity.
Asbestos was favored for its unique combination of properties that met the
immediate needs of a country at war. Asbestos was a reliable insulating material
that could help prevent fires at sea, especially during combat engagements. It
was also prized as an insulator against heat, electricity and water corrosion.
And it was inexpensive, which appealed to frugal shipyard owners.
Because of these attractive intrinsic properties, asbestos was used for many
purposes and for every application and product imaginable.
Asbestos exposure. Confined below deck in unventilated
quarters, seamen accidentally inhaled airborne asbestos fibers that dislodged from
these products, resulting in asbestos exposures and death.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is the signature asbestos-related disease that kills
approximately 3,000 individuals every year in the United States. It is an
insidious disease with a long mesothelioma latency period,
which can last decades, sometimes up to 50 years, before diagnosable mesothelioma symptoms appear.
That means Brooklyn Navy Yard workers who plied their trades as late as 1970
are still vulnerable to developing mesothelioma today, especially if their work
activities brought them in direct contact with asbestos-based products.
Every Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma lawyer understands the
emotional and financial complexities of asbestos disease in the family – and
exactly what is required to secure maximum compensation for the injured worker’s
In a landmark asbestos
class-action lawsuit, Weitz & Luxenberg obtained multimillion-dollar
verdicts for three dozen Brooklyn Navy Yard workers diagnosed with mesothelioma
and other fatal diseases linked to asbestos.
Many other shipyard workers have sought compensation for their illnesses, and
have won large settlements with strong legal support from
Weitz & Luxenberg, proud defenders of injured American workers.
If you decide to move forward with your mesothelioma claim, please know our
law firm works on a contingency basis, which means we are paid a percentage of
the final settlement or verdict. That means there are no upfront legal fees,
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