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With plenty of concerns already on their mind, selecting an asbestos lawyer with experience and a proven record of success1 is critically important to families suffering with the effects of a loved one hurt due to asbestos exposure.
Entering its fourth decade of litigating cases both great and small, Weitz & Luxenberg has established itself as one of the nation’s premier firms, amassing $17 billion in awards for clients, largely based on its achievements in asbestos cases.
The firm’s track record is superb. Weitz & Luxenberg has represented 56,000 clients and filed 33,000 asbestos-related cases since forming in 1986, becoming an acknowledged leader and establishing the standard for excellence in asbestos litigation in the U.S. and Canada.
Thousands are stricken annually because of previous exposure to asbestos dust, including blue-collar workers who often can least afford the jaw-dropping medical bills. In seeking justice for its clients, who include pipefitters, ship builders and construction workers, Weitz & Luxenberg has vigorously held asbestos companies, distributors and contractors accountable for their actions.
With a legal roster of dozens of dedicated asbestos attorneys, backed by a staff of specialists and investigators to help piece together a client’s occupational history, Weitz & Luxenberg isn’t afraid to go the extra mile to win cases.
In groups or individually, Weitz & Luxenberg earns consistent, impressive results for its client base. In a recent case, the firm’s asbestos lawyers secured a multimillion-dollar jury verdict on behalf of an automobile brake re-liner who lost his right lung to mesothelioma. The defendant had been aware of the dangers of asbestos – a known carcinogen – since the 1930s. The client’s illness was entirely preventable.
The national numbers are disturbing. The Centers for Disease Control reported in 2009 that 18,068 Americans died of mesothelioma from 1999 through 2005, an average of approximately 3,000 patients per year. According to estimates, another 1,500 die annually from asbestosis, while the number of asbestos-related lung cancers has been set as high as 8,000 per year.
Often, asbestos victims are those who can least afford the expensive medical treatment required to fight the disease. For instance, the construction and maintenance industries account for thousands of patients, ultimately depriving a worker’s family of financial security during their retirement years, even though many of the companies that manufactured, distributed and used asbestos continue to profit.
The asbestos lawyers on the Weitz & Luxenberg roster have secured billions in combined verdicts and settlements. Weitz & Luxenberg pursues all avenues of recovery, including recovery from trusts set up by formerly bankrupt companies.
The toll continues to climb. A former assistant U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Richard Lemen, told the U.S. Senate in 2007 that another 270,000 to 330,000 deaths are expected to occur over the next 30 years.
Experience and success1 are indispensable when recovering compensation for clients, but Weitz & Luxenberg can’t help unless a patient’s medical details and work history are known. At a time of increasing medical bills and uncertainty for asbestos patients and their families, a consultation is free and there is no cost to the client unless and until damages are recovered.
If you or a family member has been affected by asbestos please contact Weitz & Luxenberg immediately at (800) 476-6070.
1 While our past record doesn’t guarantee future success, it is something you may want to consider when evaluating our experience.
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