New York, NY (PRWEB) June 22, 2007
The New York mesothelioma lawsuit involving Joel Rosenberg is proceeding to trial with a pre-trial conference scheduled before Justice Marcy S. Friedman, Supreme Court, New York County, in downtown Manhattan on June 26, 2007. Mr. Rosenberg is one of many New Jersey mesothelioma victims who have filed mesothelioma lawsuits in New York City – the place where a significant portion of their asbestos exposure occurred. The case is captioned Joel and Sharon Rosenberg v. Alpha Wire company, et. al, Index No. 106697/06.
Mr. Rosenberg died at the age of 64 while living in Jackson, New Jersey. He was a life-long electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (“IBEW”), Local 3 (local3.com), starting in the trade while still a teenager. Mr. Rosenberg’s asbestos exposure occurred while working in the electrician trade in work sites in New York City, including the Arthur Kill Powerhouse in Staten Island, the World Trade Center, Kennedy Airport and Rockefeller Center. Electricians, such as Mr. Rosenberg, sustained asbestos exposure from a variety of sources including the cutting and splicing of wire and cable that was insulated with asbestos.
Mr. Rosenberg grew up in Flushing, Queens, in a residential community built for families of Local 3 Union electricians. Mr. Rosenberg’s father, who was also an electrician and a member of Local 3, died from mesothelioma in 1981. Mesothelioma is a rare asbestos cancer, which occurs primarily in the lining of the pleura (surrounding the lungs) and the peritoneum (surrounding the abdominal cavity). There are only approximately 3,000 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed annually; in comparison approximately 160,000 case of lung cancer are diagnosed each year.
Mr. Rosenberg was diagnosed in New Jersey with pleural mesothelioma in April of 2006. He received mesothelioma treatments including specialized chemotherapy before succumbing to the disease in May of 2007. Prior to his death, Mr. Rosenberg gave sworn testimony, by videotape, which will be shown to the jury at trial. The Rosenberg mesothelioma lawsuit is being continued by Mr. Rosenberg’s widow, Sharon Rosenberg, who is also a plaintiff in the case. The companies expected to stand trial in the Rosenberg New York mesothelioma lawsuit include manufacturers of products causing asbestos exposure, contractors who used asbestos materials at work sites, and at least one premises owner who specified the use of asbestos materials.
The case is pending in the New York City Asbestos Litigation, nycal.net, which affords victims of mesothelioma in New York, New Jersey and other states the right to have their mesothelioma lawsuit handled in an expedited fashion. The trial judge, Justice Marcy S. Friedman, presided over a similar New York mesothelioma lawsuit in 2002 involving an apprentice electrician who developed mesothelioma after working in the trade for only several years. The jury in that prior New York mesothelioma lawsuit awarded the plaintiff, John Matteson, .5 Million in damages.
The New York and New Jersey Mesothelioma Attorneys from Levy, Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP (“LPK”), www.lpklaw.com, represent the Rosenberg family; LPK also represented the Matteson family in the 2002 mesothelioma lawsuit. Attorneys at LPK have represented victims of mesothelioma in lawsuits for more than 25 years. LPK provides funding for a mesothelioma website dedicated to providing information to residents of New York and New Jersey about mesothelioma, as well as people exposed to asbestos in New York and New Jersey, visit www.nynjmesothelioma.com.