NEW YORK ASBESTOS
Weitz & Luxenberg: Champion to New York City’s injured workers
Asbestos has been misunderstood by
great civilizations for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks wove tablecloths
out of asbestos because dirty tablecloths were easily whitened in fire. Yet they
puzzled over why Greek miners lived short lives. Throughout the 20th century, New York construction workers were as adversely affected as the ancient Greek miners.
But today, federal, state and local government agencies strictly regulate its
handling in recognition of the fatal diseases occupational asbestos exposure
causes. Asbestos-related mesothelioma, for
example, affects approximately 3,000 individuals every year in the United
New York asbestos
July 28, 2010 – Because of its strategic harbor location in the 19th century,
New York City essentially introduced asbestos to the country as a building
product material and reliable insulator against heat, fire, corrosion and
Johns Manville, perhaps the most notorious asbestos company in the country, was
founded in New York in 1858 as the H.W. Johns Manufacturing Co., and specialized
in the production of asbestos-based roofing, textiles, and insulation
As the young city grew, so did New York’s dependence on asbestos. It was
inexpensive and possessed reliable building properties that were helpful to a
growing city, whose skyline was rising every day and whose new streetlight
system depended on asbestos
The construction teams that erected New York City skyscrapers were known to
use hundreds of asbestos-tainted building products that still lurk in the
towering offices today. Who can forget the public health concern over airborne
asbestos dust that showered sidewalks
after the World Trade Center collapsed?
The citadel of New York asbestos
No place is more "New York" than Brooklyn. And no place more epitomizes the
hazards of New York asbestos than the infamous Brooklyn Navy Yard – in a way the
citadel of New York asbestos problems.
During WWII and later wars, shipyard workers applied tons of toxic asbestos
materials below the decks of hundreds of warships as a preventative measure
against fire at sea during combat missions. Unfortunately, thousands of these
shipyard workers later died of asbestos diseases caused by occupational asbestos exposure.
The mesothelioma latency
period (the time between exposure and diagnosis) can take decades, sometimes
up to 50 years. That means some retired Brooklyn Navy Shipyard workers are only
now being diagnosed with symptoms of fatal mesothelioma and asbestosis.
New York asbestos law firm
The Asbestos Litigation Unit at Weitz & Luxenberg is well familiar with
the horrors connected with asbestos poisoning in the New York construction
industry and at the former Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Weitz & Luxenberg’s impressive legal reputation is rooted in an asbestos class action
lawsuit that involved 36 retired Brooklyn Navy Yard workers in New York who
were diagnosed with mesothelioma, and other fatal asbestos-related diseases.
In that landmark trial, Weitz & Luxenberg obtained $75 million for their
asbestos-injured shipyard clients, most of whom died from their illnesses. In
those cases, surviving family members received the financial awards.
Legal strategy for a New York asbestos injury
To receive maximum compensation, workers diagnosed with mesothelioma are
advised to retain a law firm with a reputation for obtaining large verdicts and settlements.
Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos
attorneys are veterans in this practice area, having accumulated research
and supportive legal evidence that has continually helped to obtain record
compensations for clients since 1986.
Solid legal support from Weitz & Luxenberg helps assure that you receive
adequate sums for lost wages and all necessary medical expenses, including
psychological support for the victim and their family, skilled nursing or
long-term care, and additional sums to compensate for the pain and suffering
caused to all involved.
Protect your family’s financial future today. If you have been diagnosed with
asbestos-related mesothelioma, we urge you to contact our law firm for a free
case review on your eligibility to file an asbestos claim. Please use the communication
form at left for free information about your case.