A Message From Weitz & Luxenberg About Asbestosis in New York: State
ranks 7th for asbestosis-related deaths in the U.S.
Weitz & Luxenberg would like to inform the public that from 1995-2005,
there were an astonishing 632 deaths in New York State due to health problems
associated with asbestosis,
reported the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
New York had the seventh highest number of asbestosis-related deaths in
America for that time period, with Suffolk County hard hit by the disease with
74 mortalities; in the New York City boroughs, asbestosis claimed the lives of
“Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping families whose lives have been
ravaged by asbestosis from New York exposure,” said Joseph Patrick Williams, a
trial attorney in the firm’s Asbestos
Litigation unit. “These statistics reveal that an alarming number of people
were needlessly exposed to the lethal asbestos fibers when it could easily have
Asbestosis is a chronic breathing disorder caused by inhaling asbestos fibers.
It is non-fatal, but can ultimately lead to life-threatening complications
through scarring of lung tissue and diminished breathing capacity. Exposure to
asbestos—a known carcinogen for decades—can also lead to cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer
People with asbestosis often develop the disease after exposure to asbestos
from occupations in construction,
repair, steelwork and boiler-tending.
Tragically, many employers failed to warn their workers of the dangers of
exposure or to provide them with appropriate protective clothing.
Weitz & Luxenberg is known for spearheading asbestos cases, most recently
achieving a $16.25 million verdict in June 2008 in an asbestos lawsuit
involving a former dental student who developed mesothelioma. Our client had
been exposed to asbestos dust while making castings by carving wax replicas of
teeth using asbestos-containing dental
tape. The litigation is believed to be the first successful asbestos verdict
against a dental supply company.
The firm secured a $37 million asbestos verdict last year in two lung cancer
cases in a reverse bifurcated trial.
Weitz & Luxenberg is able to take on asbestosis cases involving New York
and New Jersey exposure to
asbestos, as well as mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer cases
emanating from exposure anywhere in the U.S.
Our firm continues to set an unmatched standard of excellence for mass tort
litigation, achieving more
verdicts than most firms in America. We hope to have an opportunity to assist
you with your legal matter.
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