ALBANY, New York, February 28, 2013 – The New York City products liability and asbestos litigation firm, Levy Konigsberg LLP (“LK”), has opened offices in Albany, New York, to better serve the hard working men and women of the Capital Region who have been injured by asbestos, chemicals or other dangerous and defective products.

LK was recently named 2013 Law Firm of the Year in Products Liability, in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers edition and has been a leader in asbestos and toxic tort litigation for over 25 years. Its asbestos attorneys have won numerous landmark jury verdicts in New York and across the Nation.

LK has a long track record in upstate NY and has represented men & women in the Capital Region and Central New York for years. In the past 5 years alone, LK has won some of the largest verdicts in Upstate NY history.

Firm partner Jerry H. Block, who spearheaded the firm’s Capital Region expansion, tried the first Onondaga County, NY, mesothelioma lawsuit in 2008, on behalf of a former Navy Boilerman Douglas Pokorney, which resulted in a $5 million dollar award – the largest mesothelioma compensation verdict in Upstate New York at that time. In the following year, Mr. Block surpassed the record-setting verdict by obtaining an $8 million dollar award in Schenectady County for a former submarine shipyard worker suffering from mesothelioma.

In November 2012, Mr. Block represented Eileen Clinton, of Troy, and won a historic victory in Federal court against RJ Reynolds/American Tobacco. It is believed to be the first federal jury verdict in favor of a former smoker against Big Tobacco in New York State.

“Over the years our lawyers have represented and fought for hundreds of men and women throughout upstate NY and we are very excited to now have two local offices to better serve our community,” said Mr. Block.

Each year, around 3000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a rare, terminal cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The Capital Region’s long industrial history places it in the high risk category for asbestos exposure and asbestos related diseases. In Albany County alone, there are over 100 known jobsites where a variety of tradesmen were exposed to asbestos. Those workers also unwittingly exposed their families to asbestos by carrying home the deadly dust on their work clothes and bodies. Commonly known asbestos exposure sites in the region are the General Electric site in Schenectady, the American Locomotive Company, Niagara Mohawk, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Troy Steel & Iron Company, Finch Pruyn Paper Mill in Glens Falls and numerous others.

In addition to industrial workers, there is also a large veteran population in the Capital Region which increases the incidence of mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer in the area. Sadly, 1/3 of all individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma are veterans that were exposed to the hazards of asbestos while honorably serving our Country.

LK’s Albany, NY office is located at 90 State Street in downtown Albany.

For more information about Levy Konigsberg LLP, please contact the firm at 1-800-988-8005 or submit an online inquiry.

ATTENTION: Mesothelioma has no known cure and often causes severe pain, suffering, and other types of damage, such as loss of consortium, and loss of income. Additionally, due to the exceedingly high cost of mesothelioma treatments, many families exhaust savings and accumulate financial debt in order to pay for the medical expenses of their family member.Under the law of most states, pain and suffering from mesothelioma may be compensated through the award of money damages, usually obtained with the help of experienced mesothelioma attorneys. In some states other types of damages may also be recovered.Asbestos litigation affords mesothelioma victims the opportunity to receive financial compensation and hold accountable the companies that caused their asbestos exposure.

IMPORTANT: If you or your family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should get in touch with a mesothelioma lawyer as early as possible to determine if you have a mesothelioma case and to:

  • Preserve your rights to bring a legal action against the responsible parties within the limited time frame allowed by law, known as statute of limitations;
  • Obtain maximum compensation in your case by being able to:
    • Preserve evidence and establish facts of the asbestos exposure while the claimant is still alive and able to provide information;
    • File and resolve a lawsuit against the responsible parties before they file for bankruptcy or, if they already have, to obtain compensation before their bankruptcy trust funds run out of money;
  • Expedite your case, as courts tend to give higher priority to mesothelioma lawsuits where the claimant is still alive.

Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers via our 24/7 toll-free hotline at 1-800-MESO-LAW (1-800-637-6529) or by submitting an email inquiry (see form above). Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.

NOTE: While our offices are located in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Georgia, many of our mesothelioma lawyers are licensed to practice law in a number of U.S. states and have the capability and extensive experience of representing mesothelioma clients throughout the United States. You are encouraged to contact us with any questions.