ASBESTOS IN CEMENT
10 years on a cement crew lead to worker’s
Weitz & Luxenberg has protected the legal rights of cement workers
exposed to asbestos on the job for nearly 25 years. And in that time the firm's
mesothelioma lawyers have won
several billion dollars in verdicts and
settlements for clients.
Jury awards widow $1.2 million in asbestos lawsuit
Prior to his death six months after being diagnosed with asbestos-related
mesothelioma, the deceased testified that he was exposed to a “continuous
smokestack” of dust from asbestos-containing cement additives used in a
cement-mixing hopper where he worked.
October 19, 2009 - The widow of a man who passed away from the
asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma
received $1.2 million following a Texas jury’s ruling October 5, 2009.
The man and his wife of 23 years filed a lawsuit against several defendants,
stating that his mesothelioma diagnosis was due to asbestos exposure when he worked for
Dowell Company as a member of their cement crew from 1975 to 1985.
The cement worker passed away from the aggressive cancer in April 2009, at
the age of 59, only six months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Two defendants, Montello, Inc. and Union Carbide were each found 15 percent
liable for the cement worker’s mesothelioma, while other defendants settled out
of court or were dismissed from the case.
Long latency period
The inhalation of airborne asbestos
fibers can lead to mesothelioma. Airborne asbestos fibers can become trapped
in organs and body cavities. Once in the body, these fibers cause inflammation
and infection that eventually leads to the growth of cancerous tumors.
Those exposed to asbestos often do not demonstrate mesothelioma symptoms until decades
have passed after initial exposure, as demonstrated in the above case about the
deceased cement worker who retired 24 years ago.
The mesothelioma latency
period is long, which can last 20 to 40 years before a mesothelioma
diagnosis can be rendered.
Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. - for the defense
Despite the fatal diseases associated with asbestos exposure, the United
States imported and used an estimated 1,820 tons of asbestos in 2007, according
to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Government sources estimate that in the next decade more than 35,000 people
nationwide will be diagnosed with the deadliest form of asbestos-related cancer,
Mesothelioma is most often the result of asbestos exposure on the job, and it
is typically contracted through employers’ preference for immediate profits over
the expense of maintaining the safety of company workers.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and seek a free case review,
please notify us through the communication form on this page. We will pursue
your claim with vigilance to help you pay for medical bills, lost wages, and
And because the firm works on a contingency basis, there is no cost to you
until we win a settlement or a verdict.