Weitz & Luxenberg Highlights Risks of Asbestos-related Lung
Cancer--What the Public Needs to Know
Weitz & Luxenberg would like to inform the public of
the risks of lung cancer from asbestos exposure.
CancerCare predicts that lung
cancer will account for 15 percent of cancer diagnoses and 29 percent of all
cancer deaths this year.
While it is common knowledge that cigarette smoking is
the leading cause of the disease, the public is rarely informed that asbestos
exposure can also cause lung cancer.
According to a study compiled by the
Environmental Working Group, approximately 5,000 people die from
asbestos-related lung cancer every year in the United States.
This is of
great concern to Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., which through its extensive
experience with asbestos-related lung cancer cases, has seen that many of those
grappling with the disease are often unaware that they have legal recourse.
Additionally, the National Cancer Institute states that the combination of
smoking and asbestos exposure significantly increases a person’s risk of
developing cancer of the air passageways in the lung.
“The public should
know how dangerous asbestos is and how exposure to it can multiply a person’s
likelihood of developing lung cancer, particularly if that person smokes,” said
Joseph P. Williams, a trial attorney with the Asbestos Litigation
A history of success in asbestos litigation
Luxenberg has many notable successes in fighting for those who have been harmed
by asbestos. In May, the firm obtained a jury verdict of $37 million for two
smokers with lung cancer who had been exposed to asbestos (Index Nos. 100016/99
and 113583/05, New York Supreme Court). The defendant was Robert A. Keasbey
Company, a former insulation contractor and distributor of asbestos products.
Asbestos is in many everyday products
invades people’s homes and workplaces through everyday products such as floor
and ceiling tile, insulation, brake pads and boilers that contain the
carcinogen. People who are most at risk include those who worked with asbestos
more than 10 years ago. This is because asbestos-related diseases have a long
latency period. Boiler-making, automobiles, construction and textiles are some
of the many industries that have exposed workers to the carcinogen, causing
untold numbers to die of asbestos-related lung ailments such as mesothelioma, a
cancer that is almost always caused by breathing in asbestos fibers.
Household members of asbestos workers should get tested
equally crucial for the household members of such workers to get tested for
asbestos diseases. The family of an exposed worker is at risk for secondhand
contact by inhaling the asbestos fibers that the worker brought home on his or
It is important to keep in mind that disturbing an
asbestos-containing product by hammering or cutting it, for example, can cause
the release of asbestos fibers. When inhaled, those fibers get trapped in the
lungs and can result in lung cancer decades later. It is therefore essential for
those who have been exposed decades ago to get tested for asbestos diseases as
soon as possible.
Weitz & Luxenberg is a leading plaintiffs' law
firm that has represented people
affected by mesothelioma for over 20 years.
Men and women diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos
exposure may be entitled to compensation from the companies
responsible for their disease. If you would like a free consultation or more
information about your legal options, please complete the form on this page, and
a representative of our law firm will contact you as soon as possible.