When you picture New York state, your first image is likely that of New York City, the island metropolis whose towering skyscrapers seem to rise out of the waters of New York Harbor. There is far more to the state, but the city is an apt symbol of the state’s reputation as an international center for commerce.
Unfortunately, along with its businesses, factories, shipyards and high rises, the state has an unfortunate history of asbestos exposure that has claimed countless lives of its residents. In the years between 1999 and 2015, there were 2,354 mesothelioma deaths recorded and another 361 deaths attributed to asbestosis. Those numbers make New York the state with the fifth-highest number of asbestos-related deaths, and the actual number of asbestos-related deaths is likely much higher than that, as many people die from illnesses caused by asbestos without even realizing the source of their condition.
New Yorker’s exposure to asbestos comes from countless industries and workplaces, as well as from naturally occurring asbestos deposits that were mined. The state was home to manufacturers of asbestos-contaminated construction materials, shipyards, railroad stations, as well as hundreds of buildings that were constructed during the years before asbestos was discovered to be a danger, and which still have asbestos in place. In addition to the asbestos exposure that comes from the commercial areas in the east, the state’s western towns like Buffalo were also industrial centers that put workers and residents at risk.
People who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as malignant mesothelioma or asbestosis — as well as their surviving family members — have a right to seek justice in the form of compensation from those responsible for their illness, and in the state of New York those victims can seek representation from one of nation’s most highly respected mesothelioma law firms, Belluck & Fox LLP. The firm has a successful record of winning multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for their clients, including a $32-million-dollar verdict for a U.S. Navy veteran exposed to asbestos while repairing valves aboard U.S. Navy ships and a $19.5-million-dollar verdict for a worker who inhaled asbestos from joint-sealing compounds while working on the construction of a high-rise building in Manhattan.
Jordan Fox is one of Belluck & Fox, LLP’s founding partners, and he has earned the respect and admiration of legal colleagues and clients alike as a result of his dedication to the pursuit of justice on behalf of his clients with malignant mesothelioma. He has won some of the country’s most notable jury verdicts in asbestos cases, including his representation of the citizens of the city of Baltimore, Maryland who were damaged by the asbestos industry.
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Mr. Fox has been admitted to the New York state and has been repeatedly recognized as one of New York’s Best Lawyers, as a New York Super Lawyer, as one of the Best Lawyers in America and as Plaintiffs’ Lawyer of the Year. The firm has repeatedly been named to U.S. News and World Reports’ list of Best Law Firms in the country.