Mesothelioma Survivors: Factory Worker
Photo Frame and Album Factory Worker Develops Mesothelioma Cancer
Weitz & Luxenberg’s mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers have helped thousands of families whose loved ones have been stricken with diseases caused by exposure to the toxic mineral. This page profiles a mesothelioma survivor who developed the disease as a result of work-related exposure at a New York area facility that manufactured photo frames and albums.
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A New York City man who spent more than 25 years working for a company that produced wooden photo frames and photo albums tragically discovered that job exposed him to asbestos, a dangerous mineral that led to his eventual diagnosis with mesothelioma, a life-threatening form of lung cancer caused by exposure to carcinogen (cancer-causing substance).
Unlike the majority of mesothelioma cancer patients who succumb to the disease within the first year of their diagnosis, this man has beaten the odds and has survived for over 5 ½ years since his diagnosis.
As part of a mesothelioma lawsuit filed on his behalf, the 51 year old man told his story of his work history at this company, his declining health and his eventual diagnosis with mesothelioma, and his concerns for his family.
The man, an Ecuadorian native who immigrated to the United States as a young adult, testified that he began working for the company shortly after coming to live with other family members in New York. He also testified that this company was his sole employer—as he had not held any other jobs in Ecuador or in the United States.
After a short stint at the company where he painted glue on wooden photo frame components, he was transferred to a job working on the machines used to apply glue on photo album parts. As part of this job, he was routinely required to clean the machines, which caused him to be exposed to asbestos dusts. “…when one would clean the machines, at the bottom there would always be something white like a dust.”
He also described the cleaning process, which required him to scrape out burnt glue, which would cause additional dusts to circulate: “a lot of that would overflow onto the floor… and it would raise up dust as well….one would have to put water on top of it so it wouldn't go onto the other people but it would still go on top of you.”
He also provided detail regarding the various locations where he worked during his long tenure with the company, including a period of time when his job location required him to work on a machine in the building’s basement level.
He recalled that during cold weather, asbestos-containing tape would fall off overhead heating pipes, and that he would routinely handle the asbestos tape: “It was the tubing at work that had the asbestos coating on it and that had asbestos tape on it, and sometimes it would fall to the floor, and then we would pick them up and throw them out.”
Stricken with Mesothelioma at 51
Shortly before his 52nd birthday, the man began to experience health problems and that his “stomach started to inflate and retain liquid.” After seeking medical treatment and being referred to a gastroenterologist, he had the fluid drained and eventually underwent a number of medical tests, including surgical biopsies.
He was eventually referred to an asbestos cancer specialist, who confirmed the diagnosis of mesothelioma. The man recalled the day he was diagnosed as “…the saddest day of my life. But I calmed down because they didn't, my wife or my children did not have the disease. We had, we already knew it was some kind of cancer and it was related to death.”
“The Therapy Changes You…”
When asked how his diagnosis had affected him, the man stated that his illness had left him weak and unable to walk without assistance. He testified that “the therapy on the inside changes you physically. It makes me not want to listen to music and not to watch T.V. and I don't feel like reading. I don't know, it all comes from that, from the therapy.”
He also expressed concern for his wife of over 20 years and his three children, and his finances. Through his continuing battle with his illness, his attorneys have helped the man and his family in their fight for justice, and have secured over $1 million in lawsuit settlement proceeds for the man and his family.
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