New York Mesothelioma Lawyer Says Asbestos Removal Requires Special Training, Technique
When asbestos is improperly handled and removed in violation of federal regulations – as alleged in the recent prosecution of a Monroe County contractor – it can put others at risk of contracting deadly, asbestos-related illnesses, New York mesothelioma attorney Joseph W. Belluck said this month.
As reported in the Penfield Post, the Rochester-area contractor pled guilty earlier this month in a New York federal district court to a violation of the Clean Air Act and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. The case is U.S.A. v. Horan. (W.D.N.Y., 11-CR-6171 L).
According to the contractor’s plea agreement, he was charged with knowingly failing to take legally required safety measures when working on a project that involved the removal of boiler pipe that had been wrapped in a material containing friable asbestos.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen that has been linked to several respiratory diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs that claims the lives of approximately 3,000 Americans each year.
In particular, the contractor’s plea agreement states that he failed to wet the material when cutting and disjoining the pipe, to carefully lower it to the ground and leave it undisturbed and to ensure that a person trained in asbestos removal procedures was present at the work site.
“Asbestos is extremely hazardous to workers who handle it and to others who happen to be in the area when it gets into the air and is inhaled into the lungs,” said Belluck, whose New York City personal injury law firm, Belluck & Fox, LLP, represents mesothelioma victims throughout New York and the country in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
“Because of this hazard, regulations specifically require that a person with special training be present whenever this toxic material is removed, and that special techniques are used,” he said. “When individuals or companies fail to live up to those standards, they must be held accountable – whether it’s through our criminal justice system, the civil lawsuit process – or both.”
Belluck’s law firm provides a website, http://mesotheliomahelp.net, for those who want to learn more about asbestos, mesothelioma and related legal issues. The site features a state-by-state listing of asbestos removal companies.
“Whether you are dealing with the removal of asbestos, or you believe that you or a loved one is suffering an illness related to asbestos exposure, this site can be helpful,” Belluck said. “It’s also highly important to follow up on information the site provides and to contact an experienced mesothelioma lawyer who has skill and experience in handling the unique issues that arise in these cases.”
About Belluck & Fox
Belluck & Fox, LLP, is a nationally recognized law firm that represents individuals with asbestos and mesothelioma claims, as well as victims of crime, motorcycle crashes, lead paint and other serious injuries. The firm provides personalized and professional representation and has won over $400 million in compensation for clients and their families.
Partner Joseph W. Belluck is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America, New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in the New York Area” and in Super Lawyers. Mr. Belluck has won numerous cases involving injuries from asbestos, defective medical products, tobacco and lead paint, including a recent asbestos case that settled for more than $12 million.
Partner Jordan Fox is a well-known asbestos and mesothelioma attorney who has been named to the Best Lawyers in America, New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in the New York Area” and to Super Lawyers. On two separate occasions his verdicts were featured as the National Law Journal’s Largest Verdict of the Year. He recently secured verdicts of $32 million and more than $19 million on behalf of individuals who had contracted mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.
In September, Belluck & Fox, LLP, won a coveted spot on a list of America’s best law firms, which was published jointly by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers magazine. The listing showcased 8,782 different law firms ranked in one or more of 81 major practice areas.
For more information, contact the firm at (877) 637-6843 or through the online contact form.