Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. Obtains Settlement for Mesothelioma Victim

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Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos lawyer Michael Fanelli helps win Navy veteran and electrician a six-figure settlement

Mass torts law firm Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. recently obtained a substantial settlement for a client in an asbestos case. The man was exposed to the deadly substance from the 1950s to the 1980s while serving in the Navy aboard the USS California and later working as a journeyman electrician in the Rochester, NY area.

The man was diagnosed with mesothelioma in January 2010. He died little more than one year later, in April, 2011.

Weitz & Luxenberg attorneys Michael Fanelli and John Richmond represented the Navy veteran in an action against numerous makers of pumps, valves, turbines, joint compound, and floor tile – all products employing asbestos in their manufacture. The case was filed in Rochester [index number 2010-003487, Monroe Country Supreme Court].

At trial, several expert witnesses testified on behalf of the plaintiff, whose lengthy, tragedy-filled deposition was read to the jury. Weitz & Luxenberg’s trial team presented numerous corporate liability documents along with a “day-in-the-life” video depicting the plaintiff’s pain and suffering brought about by mesothelioma.

All but one of the manufacturers settled prior to the presentation of the plaintiff’s case. The lone holdout agreed to settle after hearing the plaintiff’s evidence.

Mesothelioma is an unusually aggressive lung cancer that most commonly develops following prolonged exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma victims typically have a life expectancy of six months to one year after being diagnosed with the disease.

“This was a difficult case, as the client was extremely sick during his deposition,” Fanelli said, “However, using his videotaped deposition and the depositions of his co-workers, we were able to show that he was exposed to asbestos throughout his career as an electrician and during his service in the Navy.”

The settlement award passes to the client’s estate following his April death.

About Weitz & Luxenberg:

Weitz & Luxenberg was founded by attorneys Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg in 1986, and is one of the leading firms in the United States. The firm specializes in an array of litigation areas including: Mesothelioma, Defective Medicine and Devices, Environmental Pollutants, Accidents, Personal Injury, and Medical Malpractice. Contact them for a free legal consultation.

Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. has specialized in accident cases for over twenty years. If you have been injured in an accident, you are encouraged to contact their client relations department by phone at 1-800-476-6070, or at clientrelations(at)weitzlux(dot)com.


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