NYC Mesothelioma Lawyer Joseph Belluck Calls for Zero Tolerance of Workplace Asbestos
New York, NY, April 13, 2012 — New York mesothelioma lawyer Joseph W. Belluck today voiced support for an Environmental Health News editorial calling for the U.S. government to move toward a policy of carcinogen-free workplaces.
“We agree with the team of scholars who said that it is wrong for allowable cancer risks in the workplace to be greater than what’s considered acceptable for the general public,” said Belluck of New York City’s Belluck & Fox, LLP.
“Working for a living should not be a lifelong gamble on your chance of contracting mesothelioma or some other kind of cancer,” Belluck said.
Four work environment and public health professors from the University of Massachusetts Lowell recently wrote the opinion piece.
The article calls for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to revise its occupational cancer policy.
The authors call for NIOSH to go beyond seeking reductions in workplace exposure to cancer-causing agents, such as asbestos. They ask NIOSH to adopt a zero-tolerance policy.
“It is wrong for a public health agency like NIOSH to sanction cancer risks to workers that are orders of magnitude greater than what is deemed acceptable for the general public,” the authors say in the March 9 op-ed. “A new federal policy, if thoughtfully redesigned, would not only prevent cancer among workers, but also protect the health of families and communities.”
Asbestos is a naturally occurring heat- and fire-resistant mineral fiber. It has been used in a variety of industrial and manufacturing machinery and equipment.
Belluck & Fox has won several major personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits involving injuries from asbestos exposure.
In August, the firm secured two separate verdicts in the Supreme Court of New York, New York County, which resulted in more than $51 million in combined damages. (Dummitt v. A.W. Chesterton, et al., No. 190196/10; Konstantin v. 630 Third Avenue Associates, et al., 090134/10).
Belluck said workers most likely to contract mesothelioma are those who had direct contact with asbestos in an industrial setting or a factory, such as pipefitters, electricians, plumbers, foundry workers, machinists and mechanics.
The Environmental Health News editorial describes the wife of a refinery electrician who contracted mesothelioma from washing her husband’s work clothes. Asbestos dust had covered the clothes.
“The idea that any worker contracts a fatal disease simply from showing up and doing their job every day should be absolutely unacceptable to the U.S. government and its citizens,” Belluck said.
Belluck said mesothelioma patients who think their disease has resulted from exposure to asbestos in the workplace may have a right to compensation for their losses, including pain and suffering.
“Mesothelioma is a deadly and costly disease,” the veteran New York attorney said. “We will continue to stand by those who are facing this disease.”
About Belluck & Fox, LLP
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 i s 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.
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