Asbestos Lung Cancer Compensation
Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawsuit Compensation for Navy Veteran Exceeds $4 Million
A Navy veteran who was diagnosed with asbestos exposure related lung cancer chose the asbestos attorneys of Weitz & Luxenberg to obtain financial compensation from the companies that recklessly exposed him to deadly asbestos. Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos lawyers have recovered about $4,433,522 for him and his family so far. Weitz & Luxenberg stands ready to help people suffering from asbestos cancers such as lung cancer and mesothelioma receive financial assistance from an asbestos lawsuit.
The veteran was 57 years old when he was diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer. His exposure to asbestos, the mineral that caused him to develop cancer, took place during his childhood and working years. As a child, he helped his father change the furnace in their home. Asbestos can withstand high temperature and therefore was used in products such as furnaces. Unfortunately, his exposure to asbestos continued into his working life.
Job Related Asbestos Exposure
During his teenage years, he worked as a mechanic at gas stations. In this position, he inhaled asbestos dust while working on car engines, brakes, clutches and sweeping the dust from the floor. Asbestos was used in many auto parts because auto parts need to be able to withstand extreme heat. People who work with auto parts risk being exposed to asbestos when they disturb asbestos-containing products. Disturbance of an asbestos-containing product can occur by cutting, hammering or other similar activity.
From 1961 to 1965, he served in the U.S. Navy and worked as an aircraft mechanic. His responsibilities included replacing asbestos-containing brake assemblies. The procedure for replacing a brake assembly was to remove the tire assembly, disconnect the brake lines, remove the brake assembly and clean the area. Asbestos exposure likely occurred at several points in this process because asbestos was used in brakes. Neither he nor any of his co-workers were provided with masks to prevent asbestos exposure. His next position in the Navy was in the ship's crew. There, his job duties included cleaning out pipes and dusty filters. The pipes were covered with asbestos containing insulation. Further, the living quarters where he slept were near steam pipes that were frequently being repaired. He was regularly exposed to asbestos in these working conditions.
Learning About Lung Cancer from Asbestos Exposure
In December of 1999, the man began experiencing shortness of breath and went to see his doctor. The doctor noted that he had swollen glands in his throat and referred him to a cancer specialist. The cancer specialist took X-rays that indicated asbestos damage in the lungs. A biopsy MRI scan and a CAT scan confirmed the presence of lung cancer. After being diagnosed, the man had to undergo a treatment regimen of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Life had taken a drastic turn for the worse. No longer able to work, he had to settle for income from disability benefits. Living with cancer caused him to always feel tired and he was no longer able to engage in his hobbies – playing golf and operating radio-controlled airplanes.
Help from Weitz & Luxenberg Asbestos Lawyers
Weitz & Luxenberg attorneys stood up to protect the rights of the veteran against the companies that recklessly exposed him to asbestos. The law permits people with asbestos cancer to obtain compensation because companies in the asbestos industry knew of the lethal dangers of asbestos but concealed them for the sake of financial profit. As a result, thousands of people die from asbestos diseases each year.
Weitz & Luxenberg has been steadfast in its mission to help asbestos cancer patients since the firm's founding in 1986. The firm has won over $1 billion from asbestos verdicts and mesothelioma settlements. In the case of the veteran, the firm has recovered over $4 million to date. Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos lawyers accept mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer cases from all over the U.S. and certain regions of Canada. For a free case review, complete the form on this page.
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