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Dangers of Improper Asbestos Abatement

Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. is troubled by the recent rash of violations in New York State that were committed by unscrupulous asbestos abatement contractors and construction business owners that are responsible for the improper handling of asbestos despite the known health risks.

The firm has represented tens of thousands of men and women who were exposed to the dangerous carcinogen through construction, power station jobs, and many other occupations in decades past, only to develop mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer or asbestosis years later.

“It is shocking that contractors and others continue to bypass the very specific regulations pertaining to the handling of asbestos, putting their workers and the public at large at risk,” said Joseph Patrick Williams, a trial attorney in the Weitz & Luxenberg Asbestos Litigation Unit.

In July 2009 alone, the state launched several investigations, which included one into a contractor in the Rochester, NY area who is alleged to have improperly removed and disposed of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) taken from dozens of work sites, including homes, businesses, schools and healthcare facilities.

Another contractor, in Queens, who worked on abatement projects for over a decade, was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay over $1.5 million dollars in restitution for charges related to misrepresenting the size of his company. This was an offense he committed to reduce the costs of insurance to protect his asbestos removal workers.

This chilling behavior is being conducted even as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that over 200 New Yorkers succumb to an asbestos-related disease each year.

“The NIOSH statistics reflect that residents of seven counties—New York, Bronx, Queens, King, Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester Counties—have the largest numbers of asbestos disease patients in the state,” said Williams, who has won numerous verdicts and settlements for clients diagnosed with asbestos-related cancers.

Weitz & Luxenberg has been known since 1986 for its preeminent role in asbestos litigation, achieving a $16.25 million verdict last year in a case involving the first successful asbestos verdict against a dental supply company. In 2007, the firm secured a $37 million asbestos verdict in two lung cancer cases in a reverse bifurcated trial.

Successes reach as far back as 1991, when the firm won a historic consolidated trial for men who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1940s and 1950s. Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. represented 36 clients in that case, securing verdicts of $75 million.

People who have been harmed by asbestos may get a free review of their potential asbestos lawsuit by completing the form.

 

Recent W&L Results

  • $20 Million

    The family of a former Navy shipfitter who died earlier this year of mesothelioma received a verdict of against a manufacturer of boilers that were insulated with asbestos.

  • $25 Million

    Two men sought help after getting cancer due to asbestos-tainted products. Crane Co., the product manufacturer, acted recklessly and with conscious disregard for safety. W&L is relentless in ensuring that innocent victims are not brushed aside.

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Mesothelioma and Asbestos

I thank you all for what you have done. He has passed on and I am all by myself. It is hard. He told me before he passed that I could count on you all. God bless.

- Houston , NC

W&L Facts

  • We got $53 million from asbestos product manufacturers.

    Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped more than 19,000 clients from New York. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won $11.6 million for the widow of a sheet metal worker who died of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won $17.5 million in a consolidated trial of 5 mesothelioma victims. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $2.16 million settlement for the family of a NYC construction worker who died of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Our $190 million verdict in a mesothelioma case is the largest of its type in NY. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 900 sheet metal workers have used us as their legal advisors.

    Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Our Asbestos Exposure Team has more than 50 lawyers. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 39,000 clients have used us as their legal advisors.

    Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 4,000 carpenters have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got more than $110 million from the automotive industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We worked with almost 3,000 clients with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped clients from all 50 states. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $190 million verdict for 5 clients who were exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped Brooklyn Navy Yard workers get $104 million in a class-action case against Johns-Manville. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $16.25 million verdict from a dental tape supplier for a client who got mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Almost 1,700 boilermakers have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $37 million verdict for 2 clients — a steam fitter and a boiler maker — with asbestos lung cancer. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $53 million verdict for brake mechanic suffering from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped almost 1,400 clients from Massachusetts. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
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