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New York Asbestos-Related Death Rankings

New York is the country’s fourth-most populated state.  It’s also the fourth highest-ranking state in the U.S. for asbestos-related deaths.

An estimated 12,146 people died from asbestos-related diseases in New York between 1999 and 2013. Of those deaths, 2,253 — or roughly 18.6% — were attributed to the deadliest form of asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.

Nassau County, a suburban county on Long Island, saw 1,135 asbestos-related deaths during that 14-year period — the most out of any New York county. Erie and Suffolk counties rank No. 2 and No. 3. All three counties have an average of 75 asbestos-related deaths per year.

Queens County in New York City ranks at No. 4; Kings County (Brooklyn) is No. 6; New York County is No. 9; and the Bronx is No. 11 on the list of New York counties poisoned with asbestos.

Asbestos New York Investigations

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection carried out a survey in the 1990s to assess the public’s risk of asbestos exposure in buildings. It found 68% of buildings in the city contained materials with asbestos. At the time, the estimated total amount of asbestos-containing materials in the city was 323 million square feet, most of which was thermal system insulation.

Over the years, business and property owners in the state have taken steps to remove the asbestos from their buildings, and New York has enacted laws and regulations to promote safe handling and removal of asbestos-containing materials.

In 2009, however, the state launched several investigations into asbestos-abatement contractors and construction-business owners who were suspected of improper handling of asbestos, despite the known health risks.

A contractor in the Rochester, New York area was suspected of improperly removing and disposing of asbestos-containing materials taken from dozens of work sites, including homes, businesses, schools, and health-care facilities. Another contractor, in Queens, who worked on abatement projects for decades, was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution for violating the law.

Industrial Asbestos Exposure in New York

Mesothelioma is known as the signature asbestos-related cancer. As an occupational disease, it is a preventable cancer, which makes it all the more tragic.

New York’s old shipyards, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard, are infamous for their asbestos contamination.

Industrial workers who are most plagued by asbestos exposure are those who have spent years in shipyard repair, heating-systems repair, the construction and automobile industries, and the Navy.

Asbestos New York Verdicts & Settlements

Established in 1986, New York asbestos litigation law firm Weitz & Luxenberg has grown into an unparalleled legal force.

Our staff of top-notch lawyers is recognized coast-to-coast for winning multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for industrial workers diagnosed with occupational asbestos diseases, including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and asbestos-linked lung cancer. Some of our New York victories include:

Navy Yard Workers

  • $20 million for the family of a former Navy shipfitter who died of mesothelioma.
  • $104 million for former employees of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
  • $75 million for 36 men who formerly worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Auto Mechanics

  • $11 million for a deceased auto repairman and his widow.
  • $12.5 million for a mechanic who developed lung cancer.
  • $25 million for a former brake specialist.
  • $53 million for a deceased brake mechanic and his family.

Other Tradesmen

  • $75 million in one case of a maintenance man’s wife who also used asbestos engine gaskets.
  • $9.8 million for the family of an electrician who died of asbestos-related cancer.
  • $3.8 million for a retired boilermaker who was diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer.
  • $12.5 million for the families of three construction workers.
  • $35 million for an asbestos removal worker who died from cancer.
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