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There are companies run by people willing to hurt other people. In the case of asbestos, some companies knowingly exposed people to this deadly carcinogen. That’s horrible. They could have implemented safeguards so our clients were not exposed to asbestos and did not develop mesothelioma, a devastating cancer. My colleagues and I want to make sure those responsible are held accountable. They need to own up to what they’ve done and provide compensation to our clients for the injuries suffered.
Laura Covey Laszewski has joined Weitz & Luxenberg’s knowledgeable and committed Mesothelioma and Asbestos Practice Group litigation unit in the firm’s New Jersey office. Like her colleagues, Ms. Laszewski cares deeply about the individual clients she helps.
“That was one of the things that drew me to Weitz & Luxenberg,” Ms. Laszewski says. “Everyone here is really client focused. More than anything, we want to help individual people and their families.
“Particularly in the case of asbestos and mesothelioma, the relationships we develop with our clients are the center of what we do. Clients are putting their lives in our hands, and we have to do everything we can legally to bring about a fair resolution.
“Our clients are living with mesothelioma, which is a horribly aggressive form of cancer,” Ms. Laszewski explains. “This disease is directly linked to asbestos exposure.
“I’ve seen firsthand what cancer can do, and I can relate to clients who are experiencing severe diseases such as mesothelioma. Although we cannot undo the damage the asbestos has caused, I hope we can ultimately help our clients and their families move forward.”
Asbestos is a carcinogen. Asbestos causes cancer. No matter how you look at it, asbestos is deadly.
What makes asbestos so horrible, though, is that it’s sneaky. You could be exposed to asbestos today and not develop mesothelioma for 30 years or more.
As Ms. Laszewski stresses, “Manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors who exposed people to asbestos counted on that. They knew asbestos would make people sick. They just didn’t care.”
“Asbestos fibers accumulate in the lungs without causing immediate and noticeable symptoms. The damage occurs slowly,” points out Ms. Laszewski.
Scarring can occur. Healthy lung tissue can die.
Victims cannot see asbestos diseases coming.
By the time people are diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos diseases, no one can undo the damage. These diseases ravage the body. Mesothelioma is always devastating. There is no cure.
More than 30 years ago, Weitz & Luxenberg was founded specifically to help people who had developed mesothelioma. We were appalled that some companies had grievously harmed so many hard-working Americans and their families.
Instead of owning up to their actions, these companies tried to finagle their way out of acknowledging the damage their actions caused, and, sadly, some companies are still blaming others.
At Weitz & Luxenberg, we believe our clients deserve to be treated fairly and honorably. As Ms. Laszewski insists, “Justice matters.
“I came to work for Weitz & Luxenberg because the firm has dedicated itself to helping people.
“Everyone deserves a voice. We want our clients to know we are doing the best we can for them. They can count on us to do what’s right and in their best interest.”
“Although I have experience in a courtroom and enjoy that part of the legal process, the best possible outcome is a settlement,” Ms. Laszewski says. “Settlement means our clients can be compensated sooner than if we needed to take the case to trial.
“Negotiation skills are critical. I have worked with opposing counsel in my previous position and believe this experience serves my clients well at Weitz & Luxenberg. We definitely want the defendants in these asbestos exposure cases to see the benefit of avoiding a long, expensive legal process.
“At the end of the day, it feels extremely satisfying and rewarding to have things go your way. Even better is knowing that the hard work we have done helps our clients and their families move forward,” Ms. Laszewski says.
Before joining Weitz & Luxenberg, Ms. Laszewski worked at a law firm in Pennsylvania. From August 2011 until she joined Weitz & Luxenberg, she represented clients in court and in jury trials. She also represented minors in juvenile court.
In addition, Ms. Laszewski negotiated pleas on behalf of clients in both misdemeanor and felony cases. To perform her responsibilities successfully, she strove to maintain an excellent professional relationship with judges, court personnel, district attorneys, and opposing counsel.
One of the most meaningful parts of her job is meeting with clients, she stresses. She engages in client intake appointments and follows up with clients throughout their cases from start to completion. She believes these experiences serve her well at Weitz & Luxenberg.
Ms. Laszewski said her passions outside of work include traveling, both internationally and nationally, and watching sports. She particularly enjoys watching Yankees baseball games and Penn State football games.
Ms. Laszewski was named a Main Line Today Top Lawyer – Criminal Law in 2017 and was recognized as a National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys Top 10 Under 40 for 2016-2017. She was also named a National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 – Criminal Defense attorney in 2016.
In addition, she is noted for serving as an NBC10 legal correspondent since 2015.
Ms. Laszewski is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
She earned her J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and her B.A. from the University of Albany in Albany, New York.
Laura Covey Laszewski will be happy to review your case.