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Mesothelioma and Asbestos

Mesothelioma Is a Lethal Cancer Caused by Asbestos


Mesothelioma is an aggressive and fatal cancer. In the overwhelming majority of cases, mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos has been classified as a carcinogen by government agencies since the 1970s.

Although asbestos is a mineral that occurs naturally in the environment, workers in specific industries are most at risk because of their long-term exposure. These industries include shipbuilding, automotive, and construction and building.

In addition, those working in specific occupations are known to face greater risks. These include electricians, plumbers, carpenters, mechanics and machinists.

Exposure to Asbestos Can Lead to Mesothelioma

When asbestos is disturbed, dust particles are released. Breathing in these fibers can lead to irritation.

This, over time, can cause scarring and inflammation that eventually triggers mesothelioma. By the time symptoms appear, the disease may have become advanced.

Although the government has instituted changes in work safety protocol, there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Inhaled or ingested fibers become trapped in the body, causing inflammation of internal tissues and organ damage.

In most instances, symptoms take decades to develop, sometimes 40 years or more.

Who Is Most at Risk from Primary Exposure

People who worked directly with asbestos have the most risk:

  • Men, in larger numbers than women, because more work in higher-risk industries
  • All military veterans who have been exposed on naval ships, in shipyards and at military bases
  • Workers at refineries, steel mills, power plants, automotive production facilities and large construction sites

Who Is Most at Risk from Secondary Exposure

People who have indirect contact with asbestos also have a high level of risk:

  • Families of workers in high risk industries
  • Anyone who lives or works in an older building that is not in good repair or has been under renovation
  • Members of neighborhoods near plants or factories that handled asbestos products

Consider Hiring an Attorney

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you face serious medical and financial considerations. You may want to consult an attorney to see if you have the legal right to seek compensation from the firms that exposed you to asbestos. An attorney can also help you discover where and how you were exposed to asbestos.

How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help

As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.

We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.

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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W&L Facts

  • Our largest single Asbestos Exposure settlement was for almost $6 million. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped more than 7,000 clients from Arkansas. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $665 million from the companies in the iron and steel industries. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We played a pivotal role in establishing asbestos bankruptcy trusts that hold $30 billion to compensate victims. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Our $190 million verdict in a mesothelioma case is the largest of its type in NY. 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 earned $7.4 billion for our clients. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped more than 19,000 clients from New York. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $47 million verdict for a boilermaker who died from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We’ve been helping clients for more than 25 years. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 900 sheet metal workers have used us as their legal advisors.

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  • Almost 22,000 construction workers have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $16.25 million verdict from a dental tape supplier for a client who got mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got more than $2 billion from the power plant industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $1.8 million from the aviation industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 4,000 carpenters have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won lung cancer cases totaling almost $1.5 billion. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Our Asbestos Exposure Team has more than 50 lawyers. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won mesothelioma cases totaling more than $4 billion. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 39,000 clients have used us as their legal advisors.

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How Weitz & Luxenberg Helped Me

  • John Pilla’s Story

    Because someone was careless with asbestos and didn't do anything to keep people like my mom safe, I lost her and I lost my older brother both in the same day. My mom was still alive when she called Weitz & Luxenberg for help. She made the decision to call right after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. She knew what mesothelioma was, she knew how it happens, and she knew what was coming. For those reasons, she also knew that she needed to get legal representation quickly.

    - John Pilla NJ