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Partnering with a trusted, reputable mesothelioma lawyer can give you an advantage when seeking compensation for your asbestos-related injuries. With nearly 100 lawyers, Weitz & Luxenberg is New York’s largest mass tort and personal injury litigation law firm, handling 500 asbestos cases each year.
Results of Asbestos Exposure Are Devastating
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2009 that 18,068 Americans died of mesothelioma from 1999 through 2005, an average of about 3,000 patients per year. According to estimates, another 1,500 die annually from asbestosis, while the number of asbestos-related lung cancer deaths has been set as high as 8,000 per year.
The toll continues to climb. A former assistant U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Richard Lemen, told the U.S. Senate in 2007 that another 270,000 to 330,000 deaths are expected to occur over the next 30 years.
Often, asbestos victims are those who can least afford the expensive medical treatment required to fight the disease. For instance, the construction and maintenance industries account for thousands of patients. Asbestos-related diseases often deprive families of financial security during retirement years, even though many of the companies that manufactured, distributed, and used asbestos continue to profit.
New York Asbestos-Related Death Rankings
New York is the country’s fourth-most populated state. It’s also the fourth highest-ranking state in the U.S. for asbestos-related deaths.
An estimated 12,146 people died from asbestos-related diseases in New York between 1999 and 2013. Of those deaths, 2,253 — or roughly 18.6% — were attributed to the deadliest form of asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.
Nassau County, a suburban county on Long Island, saw 1,135 asbestos-related deaths during that 14-year period — the most out of any New York county. Erie and Suffolk counties rank No. 2 and No. 3. All three counties have an average of 75 asbestos-related deaths per year.
Queens County in New York City ranks at No. 4; Kings County (Brooklyn) is No. 6; New York County is No. 9; and the Bronx is No. 11 on the list of New York counties poisoned with asbestos.
Asbestos New York Investigations
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection carried out a survey in the 1990s to assess the public’s risk of asbestos exposure in buildings. It found 68% of buildings in the city contained materials with asbestos. At the time, the estimated total amount of asbestos-containing materials in the city was 323 million square feet, most of which was thermal system insulation.
Over the years, business and property owners in the state have taken steps to remove the asbestos from their buildings, and New York has enacted laws and regulations to promote safe handling and removal of asbestos-containing materials.
In 2009, however, the state launched several investigations into asbestos-abatement contractors and construction-business owners who were suspected of improper handling of asbestos, despite the known health risks.
A contractor in the Rochester, New York area was suspected of improperly removing and disposing of asbestos-containing materials taken from dozens of work sites, including homes, businesses, schools, and health-care facilities. Another contractor, in Queens, who worked on abatement projects for decades, was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution for violating the law.
Industrial Asbestos Exposure in New York
Mesothelioma is known as the signature asbestos-related cancer. As an occupational disease, it is a preventable cancer, which makes it all the more tragic.
New York’s old shipyards, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard, are infamous for their asbestos contamination.
Industrial workers who are most plagued by asbestos exposure are those who have spent years in shipyard repair, heating-systems repair, the construction and automobile industries, and the Navy.
Choosing a Mesothelioma Lawyer
For those diagnosed with mesothelioma, hiring an established lawyer marks the crucial first step toward holding companies accountable and seeking compensation for the damages caused by asbestos exposure.
Choosing a mesothelioma lawyer is a very personal decision. The ideal lawyer is not only equipped with resources and experience necessary to get you the compensation you deserve but also is responsive to your needs, empathetic to your unique medical situation, and wholly invested in your family’s future.
Before partnering with a lawyer, it’s important to ask questions to help you determine if he or she is experienced enough to take your case. These may include:
- How knowledgeable are you about the different options for seeking compensation?
- What is your track record with trust fund claims and mesothelioma lawsuits?*
- Can you be easily reached to answer questions I may have during the process?
- Do you have the resources needed to make my cases successful?
You’ll find few lawyers can surpass the experience, resources, and compassionate legal help that Weitz & Luxenberg attorneys have provided asbestos victims for more than 30 years. With 33,000 asbestos cases under our belt, we’re ready to help even more families seek justice.
Know Your Options
More than one avenue of compensation exists for mesothelioma cancer patients and their families. Depending on your situation, you may choose to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit and/or submit a claim against an asbestos bankruptcy trust. No matter what path you ultimately choose, Weitz & Luxenberg lawyers are committed to making the process simple and stress-free to give you more time to focus on your health and your loved ones.
Proven Track Record
Damages associated with mesothelioma cancer can include pain and suffering, loss of income, and pricey treatments not covered by your health insurance — making it even more vital to hire an attorney who can offer a high chance of success.*
Weitz & Luxenberg has three decades of experience in this type of law and a proven track record of winning asbestos lawsuits and large settlements. Recent trial verdicts include:
- $190 million for a group of five mesothelioma victims
- $53 million for a brake mechanic who died from mesothelioma
- $49 million for a boilermaker who died from mesothelioma
- $25 million to two New York mesothelioma victims
- $35 million for a former asbestos-removal worker who died from mesothelioma*
Asbestos New York Verdicts & Settlements
Established in 1986, New York-based asbestos litigation law firm Weitz & Luxenberg has grown into an unparalleled legal force. Some of our New York victories include:
Navy Yard Workers
- $20 million for the family of a former Navy shipfitter who died of mesothelioma.
- $104 million for former employees of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
- $75 million for 36 men who formerly worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
- $11 million for a deceased auto repairman and his widow.
- $12.5 million for a mechanic who developed lung cancer.
- $25 million for a former brake specialist.
- $53 million for a deceased brake mechanic and his family.
- $75 million in one case of a maintenance man’s wife who also used asbestos engine gaskets.
- $9.8 million for the family of an electrician who died of asbestos-related cancer.
- $3.8 million for a retired boilermaker who was diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer.
- $12.5 million for the families of three construction workers.
Experience You Can Trust
One of our first court victories came in a historic consolidated trial on behalf of 36 shipbuilders exposed to asbestos at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1940s and 1950s. The verdict: a $75 million victory that changed the landscape of asbestos litigation.
Over the last 30 years, Weitz & Luxenberg lawyers have helped more than 50,000 clients navigate the most trying time of their lives, offering significant personal attention while winning a remarkable $8.5 billion from asbestos verdicts and settlements across the U.S.
Attorneys Who Stand Behind You
Mesothelioma remains as incurable as it is unpredictable. The right mesothelioma lawyer can help provide clients with a sense of stability and peace of mind during a period of incredible emotional and financial turmoil.
Weitz & Luxenberg’s dedicated team of attorneys, investigators, and support staff defines how a successful asbestos-litigation firm should fight on behalf of its clients. Our attorneys handle most everything for you, making the whole process easier.
If you have an important question about your case, you need to know you can get in touch with your mesothelioma law firm as soon as possible. Our attorneys will walk you step-by-step through the legal process, making sure you are notified of every development. We also have an experienced, comprehensive Client Relations department that’s on call 24/7 to answer questions and ensure that all your needs are met efficiently.
Resources to Make Your Case
Identifying when and where you were exposed to asbestos is crucial to your lawsuit. Without this information, it may be difficult to file a claim. Our mesothelioma attorneys are familiar with common asbestos-containing products and companies and can help you gather evidence related to your asbestos exposure.
We set the standard for complex case management and prosecution, handling cases of every size with comprehensive resources and sophisticated technology that smaller firms cannot support.
Discuss Your Case For Free
Every asbestos lawyer working for Weitz & Luxenberg is proud of the firm’s reputation for providing effective mesothelioma legal support for workers diagnosed with this asbestos disease.
U.S. News & World Report and the peer-review publication Best Lawyers have recognized our firm as the national Law Firm of the Year in the category of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs. Weitz & Luxenberg attorneys are regularly lauded as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars of the New York Metro area. And our founding partners have each been named New York City “Lawyer of the Year.”
If mesothelioma has altered your life and you are seeking compensation, Weitz & Luxenberg would be proud to handle the legal burden, without contributing to additional financial concerns. Cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing up front, and we receive no fees unless we obtain a verdict or settlement on your behalf. The consultation is free, too.
With four offices, our firm has an unparalleled ability to fight on behalf of our clients, wherever they happen to live.
Please contact our office at 877-516-9192 or fill out a form to speak to one of our experienced asbestos attorneys.
* While our past record doesn’t guarantee future success, it is something you may want to consider when evaluating our experience.
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