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 15,200 people died from asbestos-related diseases in New York between 1999 and 2017. Of those deaths, 2,830 — or roughly 18.6% — were attributed to the deadliest form of asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. (1)

Nassau County, a suburban county on Long Island, saw 1,403 asbestos-related deaths during that 18-year period — one of the highest ranking counties in all of New York. Erie and Suffolk counties ranked No. 1 and No. 3. All three counties have an average of close to 75 asbestos-related deaths per year. (2)

Queens County in New York City ranks  No. 4; Kings County (Brooklyn) is No. 5; New York County is No. 9; and the Bronx is No. 11 on the list of New York counties poisoned with asbestos. (3)

Industrial Exposure

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 problems.

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.

Asbestos Verdicts & Settlements in New York

Since being established in 1986, Weitz & Luxenberg has grown into an unparalleled legal force.

Our staff of top-notch lawyers is recognized coast-to-coast for winning multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for industrial workers diagnosed with occupational asbestos diseases, including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and asbestos-linked lung cancer. Some of our New York victories include:

Hear From Our Clients

Weitz & Luxenberg, these guys aren’t charlatans. They aren’t greedy. They’re humanitarians. Genuine humanitarians. They’re on a quest to help people. They really are. The help I received from Weitz & Luxenberg was incredible. And it came at a time when I needed it the most because of the very bad situation I was in, both in regards to my health and finances.”

Jim Kress

Why You Should Work with Us

Every Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos lawyer is proud of the firm’s reputation for providing effective legal support for workers diagnosed with mesothelioma.

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.”