Mesothelioma in the news: Surgeon developed cancer after exposure to asbestos in old hospital piping. Free lawsuit case assessment.
In recent news about the pervasive use of asbestos, the relatives of a surgeon who died of mesothelioma at age 47 won a lawsuit against a local hospital.
The hospital accepted the claim that the surgeon had contracted the asbestos cancer as a result of exposure to asbestos dust from damaged pipe lagging in tunnels under the hospital, where he was a medical student and then a surgeon.
Court documents over the years have revealed that hospital buildings carried an extensive network of old pipes and cables. Those old asbestos-containing pipes have mostly been removed and decontaminated after the discovery of asbestos in pipe lagging.
Asbestos lagging has been used for thermal insulation of pipes and boilers. It was widely used in public buildings during the 1960s to early 1970s in areas such as boiler houses and heating plants.
Asbestos lagging was used in thousands of buildings in America. The asbestos lagging that was wrapped around pipes decades ago is now often in poor condition. As a result, it is dangerous to humans as disturbed asbestos fibers may float in the air and be inhaled.
Many surgeons and other hospital workers have come forward to say their work environment led to a diagnosis of mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer from asbestos.
If this has been your experience, we may be able to help.
For over two decades, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. has handled some of the most legally complicated and groundbreaking asbestos litigation in the country. Men and women diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure or secondary exposure may be entitled to compensation from the companies responsible for their disease.
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