NEW YORK--(Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. (www.weitzlux.com) would like to highlight a sobering statistic: In 2009, over 219,000 people were diagnosed with lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. For over 13,000 of those people, their cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos or another pollutant. In response to the ongoing danger of asbestos exposure, Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Louis Capps (D-CA), Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Betty Sutton (D-OH) have sponsored a Congressional proclamation declaring the first week of April 2010 National Asbestos Awareness Week.)--
“There is great need for continued research, education and assistance for people with asbestos diseases”
“There is great need for continued research, education and assistance for people with asbestos diseases,” said Joseph Patrick Williams, an attorney in the firm’s Asbestos Litigation Unit. Williams applauded the ongoing efforts of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which holds its sixth annual conference this month.
“We hear from Navy veterans, construction workers, boiler tenders, and many others who are now facing serious asbestos-related illness many years after they were exposed,” Williams said. He pointed to the death of former Variety columnist Army Archerd in September 2009 and the passing of National Football League Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen in March 2010. Both men succumbed to mesothelioma, a cancer which as yet has no cure, though medical treatments have been improving.
How we can help
Weitz & Luxenberg has been helping people to recover monetary compensation for asbestos related illnesses for over 20 years. Last year, the firm obtained a $2.16-million settlement for the family of a New York City construction worker who died of mesothelioma; in 2008, our attorneys secured $16.25 million in a case involving the first successful asbestos verdict against a dental supply company, and in 2007, Weitz & Luxenberg achieved a $37 million asbestos verdict in two lung cancer cases in a reverse bifurcated trial. People who have been harmed by asbestos may contact the firm to learn more by visiting www.weitzlux.com.
Weitz & Luxenberg is one of the leading plaintiffs' litigation law firms in America. The firm has played leading roles in national and local litigations involving mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, as well as defective medicines and medical devices such as shoulder pain pumps, Yaz birth control, Zimmer Durom Hip implants, Advanced Bionics cochlear implants, Hydroxycut, and Zicam, and general negligence involving certain Toyota recall vehicles and medical malpractice, among others. A forerunner in the legal fight against polluters, Weitz & Luxenberg has worked with clients harmed by the TVA coal ash sludge spill in Tennessee, industrial de-greasers PCE/TCE in groundwater and indoor air in Pompton Lakes, the gasoline additive MTBE in water supply wells, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and PERC/PCE in coal float-sink test operations.