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December 19, 2018

New York Mesothelioma Law Firm Belluck & Fox Wins $4 Million Verdict for Plant Worker Exposed to Asbestos

New York NY mesothelioma verdict, asbestos case

NY Attorney Joseph W. Belluck

Belluck and Fox is dedicated to representing mesothelioma victims across New York State. We are honored that the Dominick family allowed us to represent them and proud that we obtained the largest verdict ever in an asbestos case in Oneida County.

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 23, 2015

A plant worker who developed both mesothelioma and lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos products has won a $4 million verdict against the company who supplied those products, the nationally recognized New York law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP, announced today.

After a trial before the Honorable Charles C. Merrell, the jury returned its verdict on March 18 in the Supreme Court of New York, County of Oneida, in the case of Nicholas Dominick and Lorraine J. Dominick v. A.O. Smith Water Products, et al. (No. CA2014-000232).

The jury awarded the Dominick family $1 million for past pain and suffering and $3 million for future pain and suffering, assessing 30% of the fault to Pacemaker.

“Mr. Dominick has suffered tremendous pain as a result of Pacemaker/Charles Millar’s negligence. His sickness could have, and should have been prevented. I’m grateful that the jury was able to deliver justice for him and his wonderful family,” said Brittany Russell, an associate attorney at Belluck & Fox who tried the case along with partner Bryan Belasky on behalf of the Dominick family.

Partners Joe Belluck and Seth Dymond provided assistance to the trial team. “Our law firm, Belluck and Fox, is dedicated to representing mesothelioma victims across New York State. We are honored that the Dominick family allowed us to represent them and proud that we obtained the largest verdict ever in an asbestos case in Oneida County. Once again, this shows that the jury system in New York works,” Belluck said.

According to court documents, between 1968 and 1973, Mr. Dominick worked as an internal grinder at the Chicago Pneumatic tool manufacturing plant in Utica, New York. The jury determined that Mr. Dominick developed pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer as a result of his exposure to bags of asbestos and asbestos boards supplied by Pacemaker/Charles Millar to Chicago Pneumatic, which were used in the plant’s annealing process. The jury found that Pacemaker/Charles Millar was negligent in failing to warn Mr. Dominick about the dangers of asbestos associated with the products it supplied. The case is significant in New York asbestos litigation, as it is the largest verdict ever levied against a distributor of asbestos products, and the largest asbestos verdict of any nature obtained in Oneida County.

Asbestos is a mineral that has been linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly form of cancer which results from breathing in asbestos fibers that become lodged in the thin membrane that lines and encases the lungs.

At trial, lawyers from Belluck & Fox presented evidence from a series of experts regarding the use of asbestos in heat treatment annealing processes, the causation of Mr. Dominick’s mesothelioma and lung cancer, the state-of-the-art evidence relating to the dangers of asbestos, and testimony about the cancers’ impact on Mr. Dominick. Testifying on behalf of the plaintiffs were experts Dr. Jacqueline Moline, Dr. David Rosner, and Dr. Uriel Oko.

Defendant Pacemaker/Charles Millar was represented by Robert Cahalan of Smith, Sovik, Kendrick & Sugnet, P.C, and called expert Dr. Frederick Schmidt to testify on its behalf.

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 $650 million in compensation for clients and their families. The firm has been named one of the top law firms in America by U.S. News & World Report every year since 2011.

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 an award-winning, nationally-recognized asbestos attorney. In 2013 he was named “Lawyer of the Year” for the New York Metro area by Best Lawyers in America after securing $32 million and $19.5 million verdicts in two separate asbestos cases. He is regularly listed in the annual Best Lawyers in America list and has also appeared in Super Lawyers. A number of his verdicts have been featured among the National Law Journal’s Largest Verdicts of the Year.

For more information, contact the firm at (877) 637-6843 or through the online contact form.


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Asbestos Attorney Comments on Wall Street Journal Article

LPK partners Jerome H. Block (left) and Robert I. Komitor (right) holding a plaque signifying the firm's top-level sponsorship of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

LPK partners Jerome H. Block (left) and Robert I. Komitor (right) holding a plaque signifying the firm’s top-level sponsorship of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

I am proud to be a member of a law firm that for many years has donated and continues to donate money towards mesothelioma research.

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 06, 2013

Today the Wall Street Journal published an article* discussing the topic of charitable donations by law firms representing victims of asbestos diseases to the medical community for research designed to advance the treatment and care of mesothelioma and to identify a cure for the fatal asbestos cancer. The article contains a quote from Jerome H. Block, a partner with the nationally-acclaimed asbestos law firm of Levy Phillips & Konigsberg LLP (“LPK”). The article also discusses LPK’s charitable contributions for mesothelioma research to world-renowned mesothelioma researcher Harvey I. Pass, M.D. Mr. Block, who devotes most of his law practice to representing asbestos victims, has achieved the highest ranking for legal skills and ethics, AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell**, and has also been selected on the exclusive list of Best Lawyers in America in U.S. News and World Report***, Super Lawyers****, and the National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100****.

Mr. Block issued the following statement about today’s Wall Street Journal article: “I am proud to be a member of a law firm that for many years has donated and continues to donate money towards mesothelioma research. My firm, Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP, has seen too many of our clients and their families suffer from mesothelioma, a cancer caused only by asbestos exposure in the United States. We are also proud that our firm has provided significant recoveries to our clients who suffer with mesothelioma, who, in turn, are put in a position to also donate towards mesothelioma research. We would be very happy if the companies that caused this unfortunate legacy of disease in our workers and their families would donate to top mesothelioma researchers and non-profits so that we can find more effective treatments and a cure for this disease. But the companies are not donating these funds. So, if a law firm like LPK, who has witnessed the horrific suffering of our clients and their families for over twenty-five years, does not give money to mesothelioma research, then who will? There are many firms that advertise themselves as “mesothelioma law firms”, yet very few have given significant funds to find a cure for the disease. As the article discusses, our firm has donated money to New York University to help fund the ground-breaking mesothelioma research of Harvey I. Pass, MD. Last year, this research money contributed to a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine***** that identified, for the first time, a marker in human blood that may be able to detect mesothelioma at an earlier stage when it might be more treatable. We were gratified to see our firm’s name acknowledged for our contribution in that important published article. We have also donated money to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) for many years, because MARF is the only non-profit organization in the United States that turns its donations into research grants that are selected by an independent scientific advisory board. In sum, more money is needed for mesothelioma research, not less. Law firms should be encouraged to join our firm in donating money to mesothelioma research. We also invite companies who sold and profited from asbestos products to give money to help cure mesothelioma. It will take resources from all possible sources to ultimately find a cure for the approximately three thousand people that continue to be diagnosed with mesothelioma each year due to past exposures to asbestos products.”

Mr. Jerome H. Block, has concentrated his practice primarily on representing people with asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, since 2001. His firm, Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP, has been representing asbestos victims for more than twenty-five years. The firm was recently named the 2013 Plaintiff’s Product Liability Law Firm of the Year by Best Lawyers and U.S. News and World Report******.

LPK has more than twenty highly experienced and skilled asbestos attorneys, who are licensed to practice law in various U.S. states, including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Texas, California, and Washington. With such resources and long-standing relationships throughout the country, the firm has a truly national reach and has been able to help hundreds of clients from all regions of the United States.

For more information, you may contact LPK’s national asbestos hotline at 1-800-637-6529 or visit http://www.lpklaw.com.

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** martindale.com/Jerome-H-Block/1042257-lawyer.htm

*** nymag.com/guides/bestlawyers/12228/

**** superlawyers.com/new-york-metro/lawyer/Jerome-H-Block/200e2905-7a99-471d-911e-e9d20012bc08.html

***** nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1115050#t=articleTop

****** bestlawfirms.usnews.com/firms/levy-phillips-konigsberg-llp/overview/32215/


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