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Meirowitz & Wasserberg has the experience, resources, and know-how to represent victims of asbestos related disease. We often get asked by other law firms from around the country to work with them on asbestos cases because of our expertise and track record of success in this area of the law. Asbestos injury cases are unlike any other negligence matters because lawyers have to understand the relevant medicine, science, state of the art, asbestos containing products, and exposures, to effectively represent their clients. 

If you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis, you need an attorney that has the necessary experience handling these cases to fight for you. The attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg have successfully prosecuted hundreds of asbestos injury cases resulting in over one hundred million dollars in settlements and verdicts.

Our clients asbestos exposures typically fall into one of the following categories: (1) primary exposure from the construction trades, (2) primary exposure from military service, (3) bystander exposure from working in the vicinity of others using asbestos products, (4) non-occupational exposure from home renovation, and (5) take home exposure from a loved one’s clothing.    

Primary Exposure from Construction Trades

We proudly represent men and women who have worked in the following trades:

  • Steamfitters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plumbers
  • Boilermakers
  • Pipe coverers
  • Insulators
  • Electricians
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Welders
  • Machinists
  • Drafters
  • Drywall workers
  • Carpenters
  • Laborers
  • Factory workers
  • Railroad workers
  • Ship builders
  • Painters
  • Engineers
  • Lathers
  • Dock builders
  • Pile driver operators
  • Operating Engineers
  • Demolition workers
  • Home renovators
  • Spray Contractors
  • Steel Mill workers
  • Power plant workers
  • Auto mechanics
  • Typesettors
  • Tapers
  • Tile installers
  • Roofers

We have been invited to speak at a variety of union meetings about asbestos disease and the current status of asbestos litigation. Regardless of the union, we are repeatedly asked many of the same questions. Consequently, we put together a list of the top ten most frequently asked questions with responses in the following article:

Top Ten Things Every Tradesperson Should Know About Asbestos Injury and Compensation.

Primary Exposure from Military Service

Another major source of asbestos exposure is from military service. Asbestos was used pervasively throughout navy ships and shipyards. We represent veterans that were exposed to asbestos while stationed at both shipyards and aboard ships out at sea. We have a wealth of information about the various asbestos hazards that existed at the major shipyards and Navy ships in service between the 1940s and the 1970s. 

If you are a Navy veteran that was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer click on one of the links below to determine if the ship you were assigned to or shipyard you visited is a known asbestos site:

  • Ships
  • Shipyards
  • Naval Training centers 

Bystander Exposure to Asbestos

Asbestos dust does not discriminate. If you worked in a trade that is not typically associated with asbestos products but worked around others that did you can still be exposed to ultra hazardous dust. For example, people like security guards, supervisory staff, or factory production workers may not directly handle asbestos as part of their job duties but still be exposed from others working nearby. 

Non-Occupational Exposure from Home Renovation

Home renovation is often overlooked as a possible source of asbestos exposure. In the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, many household construction products contained asbestos.  

For example, the following list of common renovation projects could involve asbestos containing products: roofing and siding work, installation of floor tiles, boiler work (installation, removal, or repair), drywall or patching (that involves sanding joint compound), caulking, insulation (installation or removal), auto repair (brakes), and electrical (control panels).

Take Home Exposure from a Loved One’s Clothing  

Sadly, we have handled mesothelioma cases where the only known exposure is from washing a spouse’s dusty clothing. In these cases, it is typically an immediate family member of a tradesman who contracts the disease from shaking out dusty clothing on a regular basis over the course of many years. There are limited instances in which minimal contact with asbestos fibers (such as hugging a loved one) on a repeat basis has caused mesothelioma. 

Compensation  

Meirowitz & Wasserberg handles all types of asbestos related injuries including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and non-malignant diseases. Our firm pursues all forms of compensation available to people with asbestos disease. 

You may have heard that there is money set aside in trusts for people exposed to asbestos. In appropriate cases, we prepare and submit claims to these trusts on behalf of our clients. We also file lawsuits against companies that are currently in business that made asbestos containing products years ago. We will take all steps necessary to maximize the value of each case so that our clients receive the full compensation that they need and deserve.

Act Now for Best Results

If you or a loved one suffers from mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis call us immediately to preserve your rights. There are time limitations on pursuing compensation for your asbestos injuries. The time limits depend upon the jurisdiction where you reside and where you were exposed to asbestos. Don’t risk waiving your rights so call us to determine whether or not you have a case. 1-844-44-MWLAW