Mesothelioma And Asbestos Exposure


HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT – Mesothelioma attorneys from the national asbestos litigation firm of Levy Konigsberg LLP (“LK”) are continuing to help Connecticut mesothelioma patients and families obtain legal compensation from companies who manufactured, sold or used asbestos-containing products.

Connecticut Asbestos-Related Diseases

Each year thousands of men and women are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis as a result of their unnecessary exposure to asbestos and asbestos-containing products. Due to the presence of numerous industrial employers throughout Connecticut, insulators, steel workers, plumbers, laborers, electricians, pipefitters, chemical operators, machinists, powerhouse workers, boilermakers, engineers and many other trades were routinely exposed to asbestos on a daily basis at their places of employment.

Shipyards and Asbestos Exposure in CT

Connecticut workers were frequently exposed to asbestos by their employment in Connecticut’s prevalent shipbuilding industry. The largest shipbuilding exposure site in Connecticut was General Dynamics’ Electric Boat Shipyard.

Established in 1899, Electric Boatyard has employed thousands of individuals at its shipyard in Groton, Connecticut, where they built submarines, liberty ships, submarine chasers, diesel engines, and PT boats. Electric Boat employees also regularly undertook overhauls of maritime vessels, removing, replacing and installing products and equipment, much of which was asbestos-containing. The vessel building and overhaul work performed by Electric Boat employees typically occurred in cramped spaces with poor ventilation systems resulting in regular exposure to high levels of asbestos dust. Employees of Electric Boat regularly worked with gaskets, packing, raw asbestos, insulation, and other asbestos-containing materials throughout their careers. Mesothelioma attorneys at LK are experienced in identifying the unique asbestos exposures suffered by Electric Boat employees who built and overhauled vessels in Groton, Connecticut.

Exposure at Connecticut’s shipyards affected numerous individuals, including shipyard employees, bystanders, independent contractors, shipyard visitors and military personnel.

LK successfully represented the family of Alan Donn, a U.S. Navy veteran with a twenty-year naval career. During the course of his service, Mr. Donn worked around both naval and shipyard personnel working on various pieces of equipment and machinery using asbestos-containing gaskets, packing and thermal insulation, including steam piping, pumps, valves, turbines, generators, steam traps, and air compressors. Although Mr. Donn, as an officer, did not generally work hands-on with asbestos-containing materials himself, he supervised and stood watch while others did so, including during new construction and major overhauls of submarines. As a result of such “bystander asbestos exposure”, Mr. Donn later developed mesothelioma, an asbestos-caused cancer that occurs most commonly in the pleura or peritoneum that line the lungs and abdominal cavities, respectively.

Mesothelioma Cases in Connecticut

Asbestos exposure in Connecticut was not limited to shipyards. Due to the presence of numerous industrial employers throughout CT, insulators, steel workers, plumbers, electricians, pipefitters, chemical operators, machinists, powerhouse workers, boilermakers, engineers and many other trades were routinely exposed to asbestos. Each year, approximately three thousand men and women across the country, including many in Connecticut, are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma due to their work with or around asbestos-containing products.

An experienced LK mesothelioma attorney will determine the best venue for your asbestos lawsuit to be filed. Many Connecticut residents worked at locations in New York or regularly traveled to New York for short-term work. Depending on your employment history, your asbestos lawsuit may be filed in New York City. Attorneys at LK will thoroughly review your employment history to determine the best location to file your lawsuit. During your free consultation, an experienced LK attorney will explain the importance of where your case is filed.

Connecticut worksites where asbestos exposure was common include:

  • Allen Manufacturing Company (Hartford, CT)
  • Allied Chemical (Danbury, CT)
  • American Brass (Ansonia, CT)
  • American Chain (Bridgeport, CT)
  • American Cyanamid (Stamford, CT)
  • American Machine & Foundry (Greenwich, CT)
  • Ansonia Sewage Treatment (Ansonia, CT)
  • American Steel & Wire (New Haven, CT)
  • Ashland Chemical Company (Bethel, CT)
  • Bassick Company (Bridgeport, CT)
  • Blakeslee Westinghouse (Branford, CT)
  • Bloomfield Telephone (Bloomfield, CT)
  • Bridgeport Gas Company (Bridgeport, CT)
  • Bryant Electric (Bridgeport, CT)
  • Buckley Brothers Oil Company (Bridgeport, CT)
  • Callahan Valve Company (Hartford, CT)
  • Colt Firearms (Hartford, CT)
  • Continental Can (Danbury, CT)
  • Continental Oil (Danbury, CT)
  • Echlin Manufacturing (Branford, CT)
  • Electric Boat (Groton, CT)
  • Emhart (Berlin, CT)
  • Farrell Manufacturing (Ansonia, CT)
  • General Electric (Bridgeport, CT)
  • Hess Oil (Groton, CT)
  • Industrial Refractories Company (Bridgeport, CT)
  • Knox Glass (Danielson, CT)
  • Kohler (Dayville, CT)
  • Malleable Iron (Branford, CT)
  • Mobil Oil (Hartofrd, CT)
  • New England Tobacco Company (Bridgeport, CT)
  • Ohio Rubber (Stratford, CT)
  • Olin Ramset (Branford, CT)
  • Pfizer Chemical (Groton, CT)
  • Pratt & Whitney (East Hartford, CT)
  • Raff Corporation (Hartford, CT)
  • Raybestos (Stratford, CT)
  • Remington Fire Arms (Bridgeport, CT)
  • Royal Typewriter (Hartford, CT)
  • Schaeffer Brewery (Berlin, CT)
  • Singer Sewing Machine (Bridgeport, CT)
  • Spencer Turbine (Hartford, CT)
  • Steel Point Powerhouse (Bridgeport, CT)
  • Superior Electric (Bristol, CT)
  • Synco Resin Plant (Bethel, CT)
  • Texaco (New Haven, CT)
  • Thames Shipyard, Groton, CT)
  • Union Carbide (Danbury, CT)
  • Uniroyal (Middlebury, CT)
  • United Aircraft (Hartford, CT)
  • United Technologies (East Hartford, CT)
  • United Tool (Bloomfield, CT)
  • U.S. Surgical Company (Stamford, CT)
  • Vanderbilt Chemical (Bethel, CT)
  • Viking Wire (Danbury, CT)
  • Vulcan Radiator (Hartford, CT)
  • Warner Company (Bridgeport, CT)

If you or your loved one are a Connecticut resident or were exposed to asbestos in CT, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please call (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry to receive a FREE consultation with a mesothelioma attorney at Levy Konigsberg LLP.

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 (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry. Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.

NOTE: We have offices located in New York, New Jersey, California, Georgia, Washington, and Maryland. 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.


How Do I File a Mesothelioma Claim?

To file a successful claim, a medical doctor must diagnose you with the disease. Once diagnosed, connect with a mesothelioma litigation firm – a law firm that has a record of success in settlements and in court.

Do the Law Firms Advertising on TV Litigate Mesothelioma Claims?

Some of the law firms that pump out advertising do not actually litigate cases, but simply refer them to other firms for some amount money. It is imperative that you are represented by a mesothelioma attorney who is confident and professional at trial, and who is committed to you, as an individual. For a free case evaluation, contact us.

Where Does the Settlement Money Come From?

A settlement in a mesothelioma case may come from trusts established by companies in the asbestos industry. The money paid out of these funds can be very important to a family who is trying to subsist off the low value benefits provided through workers’ compensation.

Will I be Under More Stress to File a Claim?

The process of filing a mesothelioma claim in Connecticut takes only three simple steps:

  • Meet with our attorneys for one to two hours.
  • Fill out a questionnaire.
  • Tell us your individual story.

90 percent of mesothelioma cases are settled out of court.

How Much Will a Mesothelioma Claim be Worth?

The value of a settlement or jury award will vary, based on the facts in the case. The factors that come into play include medical evidence, the extent of your injuries, the financial losses related to the disease, and the emotional anguish, and pain and suffering associated with mesothelioma, among others. Other issues of importance include the strength of the supporting evidence, the companies that manufactured the asbestos-containing products, and the resources available to pay out claims, whether in an asbestos trust or in liability insurance. Any law firm that gives you a dollar number you can expect is not being completely honest with you.

How Can I Prove I Was Exposed Years Ago?

If you developed mesothelioma, you were exposed to asbestos, and it is necessary to identify where the exposure occurred. In many cases, the location of the exposure can be found without great effort, and in others, such as a worker who provided services to several job sites, a list of liable parties may be developed. Once all liable parties are identified, a lawsuit can be filed to recover damages from all parties, whether from an existing company’s insurance, or an asbestos bankruptcy trust.

Will My Claim be Part of a Class Action?

A mesothelioma claim is not a class action lawsuit. Every case is filed on behalf of individual victims, not as a group. On occasion, a case that is going to trial could be “joined” for a single trial due to similar circumstances and issues, with one jury responsible for the decision about compensation.

What if I Have Mesothelioma But Don’t Know Where I Was Exposed?

Many people in Connecticut who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have no idea where the exposure occurred. When asbestos was in wide use, manufacturers did not need to warn consumers of the risks. Law firms that focus on mesothelioma claims can help identify the source of the exposure. It may be the result of working with an asbestos-containing product, or even breathing in fibers carried on on clothing by a family member. To determine the source of the exposure, a full review of your work and life history can be performed.

How Much Does a Mesothelioma Litigation Attorney Cost?

At Levy Konigsberg, our mesothelioma litigation team takes on cases on a contingency fee basis. If we represent you, there are no out-of-pocket costs, and we are only paid if we win your case. It is a no-risk situation that allows you to have top-level representation without concerns about cost.

For more information about the law firm’s practice areas please contact Levy Konigsberg LLP at (800) 315-3806, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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