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Mesothelioma Attorneys in Rochester, NY

King Law offers unparalleled representation to mesothelioma victims and their families in the Rochester, NY area. If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos and developed a related illness, we can help you secure the compensation you deserve to support medical costs, lost income, and other damages. We have decades of experience and a nationally recognized track record of offering a compassionate, strategic approach to asbestos cases.  With a respected no-win-no-fee approach and commitment to transparent communication, we are committed to achieving results and will negotiate with skill and confidence to get the best result possible. Reach out today to get a free, confidential consultation with one of our expert attorneys. You can visit us at our Rochester location, give us a call, or reach out via email for prompt support. We are dedicated to guiding you through the entire legal process with compassion, respect, and sensitivity.

Asbestos Exposure in Rochester, NY [2024 Update]

Asbestos exposure has been a long-standing problem for Rochester, NY. Issues have involved asbestos exposure from warehouse and hospital damage, demolitions, and renovations, as well as the wrongful handling and disposal of asbestos. Workers and the public have been victims of exposure and risk mesothelioma cancer, among other health issues. 

April 25, 2024 – 47 Active Clinical Trials for Mesothelioma Treatment Highlighted by National Cancer Institute

According to the National Cancer Institute, there are forty-seven active clinical trials for treating Mesothelioma. Clinical trials are how researchers and drug companies find new ways to treat diseases. The University of Rochester is the leading research university in Rochester, New York. They subscribe to the team approach and use multiple doctors to treat Malignant Mesothelioma. There is a long history of Mesothelioma in Rochester due to places like Xerox and Kodak. The industrial settings used a lot of asbestos, and therefore the doctors at the University of Rochester have seen their share of Mesothelioma cases.

March 18, 2024 – U.S. Bans Asbestos

Researchers learned of the connection between asbestos and cancer in the 1950s. Over the years, some regulations were put in place, but a formal ban wasn’t put in place until March of this year. Individuals across the United States have been at risk of asbestos exposure and related illnesses, like mesothelioma, for decades. 

March 2023 – Rochester Warehouse Fire Causes Asbestos Exposure Concerns

A 52,527-foot warehouse on Otis Street in Rochester caught on fire and was left roped off with signs warning of asbestos. Those living around the warehouse began to express concerns about exposure, noting they didn’t know the building contained asbestos and fearing they were exposed through plumes of smoke and dust from the fire. Warehouses are notorious for containing asbestos-containing materials, and when those materials are disturbed, such as through a fire, the fibers are susceptible to inhalation or ingestion.

July 2013 – OSHA Takes Action Against Hospital and Contractor for Asbestos Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a series of violations to the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital and a contracting company, many of which involved asbestos. Before contractors performed demolition and renovation work, the hospital did not take the right steps to determine the extent and location of asbestos-containing materials and did not post warnings of the risk. Protective gear, monitoring of exposure, and other safety measures were also not taken during the project. 

December 2011 – Warehouse Had Workers Improperly Handling Asbestos

During an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), officials discovered workers handling asbestos without protective gear. They were moving large quantities of white fibrous material in areas that had no warning signs. Within the warehouse, there was more than 150,000 square feet of asbestos contamination. The warehouse owner pleaded guilty to violating asbestos workplace standards in March 2016. An attorney involved with the case said the owner put workers at risk without proper training to save money. One of the exposed workers was just 16 years old. 

January-May 2007 – Contractor Exposed Workers and Public to Asbestos

During renovations to the Genesee Hospital’s west wing, the owner of a contracting company had his employees tear out copper pipes and ceiling tiles that contained asbestos, during which the employees recalled asbestos falling on them “like snow.” There was more than 70,000 square feet of asbestos in the structure. After removal, the asbestos was not contained, putting those outside of the work site at risk. The contractor lied to both workers and OSHA inspectors about the presence of asbestos. The workers didn’t have protective gear and wore contaminated clothing home, putting their families at risk.

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Mesothelioma Law Firm Based in Rochester, NY

King Law in Rochester, NY specializes in mesothelioma cases. Our Rochester office is located at 650 Clinton Square and we’re focused on getting you the justice and compensation you deserve. Our team knows the ropes of mesothelioma litigations in the Rochester area and we’re here to help guide you through every step in hopes we can make the legal process less daunting. Were you diagnosed with mesothelioma? Visit our office, or give us a call at 585.535.9114. 650 Clinton Square Rochester, NY 14604

What is Mesothelioma Cancer?

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive type of cancer that develops in the lining (mesothelium) of the lungs, heart, pericardium, peritoneum, or testes. The main cause of mesothelioma is asbestos. The thin, needle-like fibers can enter the linings after ingestion or inhalation, causing irritation and mutations that lead to cancer development.  According to the American Cancer Society, there are around 3,000 new diagnoses of mesothelioma each year. Risk factors include: 

  • Exposure to asbestos (80% of cases have an asbestos link)
  • Exposure to zeolites (minerals related to asbestos) 
  • Simian virus 40 (SV40) infection 
  • Old age (rare for those under 45 years old) 
  • BAP1 gene mutation 
  • Male sex (likely due to the nature of occupational exposure)

This infographic briefly explains what mesothelioma is, what the risk factors are, and offers a statistic from the American Cancer Society.

Mesothelioma Treatment and Prognosis

Mesothelioma treatment often entails chemotherapy or immunotherapy. Many experts recommend multimodal approaches that combine surgery, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Oftentimes, mesothelioma treatment is meant to improve the quality of life and length of survival. Because of its aggressive nature, mesothelioma tumors can spread to other organ linings and further complicate the patient’s symptoms and prognosis.  Prognosis varies based on location, cell type, how early the patient was diagnosed, treatment effectiveness, overall health, and more. Life expectancies can range from 18 months to 36 months with some living longer or shorter as actual prognosis varies based on the patient, how early they were diagnosed, treatment effectiveness, their overall health, and other factors.

Types of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma can be categorized based on its location and cell type. The most common types of mesothelioma are pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma. Less common are pericardial and testicular mesothelioma. 

  1. Pleural mesothelioma: Develops in the lung linings (pleura) 
  2. Peritoneal mesothelioma: Develops in the abdominal linings (peritoneum)
  3. Pericardial mesothelioma: Develops in the heart lining (pericardium)
  4. Testicular mesothelioma: Develops in the testicle linings (tunica vaginalis)

Mesothelioma cell types include:

  1. Epithelioid mesothelioma: The most common, typically the most favorable prognosis 
  2. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma: The least common, susceptible to spreading, typically the least favorable prognosis 
  3. Biphasic mesothelioma: A combination of epithelioid and sarcomatoid mesothelioma with variable prognosis

Mesothelioma is commonly misdiagnosed because of its rarity and range of symptoms. Therefore, it’s crucial for asbestos victims to notify their doctor of exposure to aid in monitoring and diagnosis. 

Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma and develops in the lining of the lungs (pleura). Asbestos is the main cause as fibers lodge in the pleura, typically after inhalation. 

  • Causes and risk factors: Asbestos exposure, previous radiation therapy, genetic mutations, exposure to carbon nanotubes
  • Symptoms: Chest or lower back pain, cough, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, shortness of breath, swelling of face and arms, fatigue, night sweats, fever, unexplained weight loss
  • Diagnosis: Imaging tests, blood tests, thoracentesis, biopsy 
  • Treatment: Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, palliative care
  • Survival rate: One to four years after diagnosis with treatment, six months without treatment 
  • Prevalence: Around 82% of all mesothelioma cases (according to the CDC)

Related conditions include pleural effusion, pleural thickening, pleural plaques, and asbestosis. Individuals can experience these problems with or without mesothelioma.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common type of mesothelioma and develops in the abdominal lining (peritoneum). The main cause is exposure to asbestos fibers that become lodged in the peritoneum. 

  • Causes and risk factors: Asbestos exposure, silica and erionite exposure, gene mutations, radiation exposure 
  • Symptoms: Abdominal pain, abdominal swelling or fluid buildup, constipation, nausea, vomiting, fever, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite
  • Diagnosis: Imaging tests, blood tests, peritoneal fluid analysis, biopsy, use of Peritoneal Cancer Index (PCI)
  • Treatment: Surgery (typically cytoreduction), radiation, chemotherapy (often hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, or, “HIPEC”), immunotherapy, targeted therapy, palliative care
  • Survival rate: Two to six years after diagnosis with treatment of cytoreduction and HIPEC, six months to a year without treatment
  • Prevalence: Around 10% of all mesothelioma cases (according to the CDC)

Early diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma can allow patients to start treatment sooner and improve their prognosis.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma is very rare and develops in the heart lining (pericardium). Patients with this type of cancer are usually 50-70 years old, and 60% are men. Symptoms are often non-specific, challenging a prompt diagnosis. 

  • Causes and risk factors: Asbestos exposure (limited research indicating other causes) 
  • Symptoms: Chest pain, heart murmur, irregular heart rhythm, shortness of breath, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, fluid buildup around the heart
  • Diagnosis: Imaging tests, blood tests, echocardiogram, biopsy
  • Treatment: Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, pericardiectomy, palliative care
  • Survival rate: Less than six months
  • Prevalence: Around 0.2% of all mesothelioma cases (according to the CDC)

Unfortunately, because of how rare and aggressive pericardial mesothelioma is, most diagnoses occur through autopsies after death.

Testicular Mesothelioma

Testicular mesothelioma develops in the linings of the testes. It is extremely rare and therefore has limited research. Researchers also consider this cancer difficult to diagnose. 

  • Causes and risk factors: Asbestos exposure
  • Symptoms: Testicular mass, scrotal swelling
  • Diagnosis: Physical exams, imaging tests, blood tests, biopsy 
  • Treatment: Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, palliative care
  • Survival rate: 23 months, 14 months in cases with recurrence
  • Prevalence: Around 0.2% of all mesothelioma cases (according to the CDC)

Some talcum powder products have tested positive for asbestos contamination. Because men have often used talcum powder on their testicles, it’s thought that this could be a cause of testicular mesothelioma.

Main Causes of Mesothelioma in Rochester, NY

Most cases of mesothelioma (around 80%) are linked to asbestos exposure. As a result, Rochester, NY mesothelioma cases may be attributed largely to asbestos. Common methods of exposure include at the workplace, when serving in the military, when conducting home renovations, and when in the vicinity of demolitions or renovations of asbestos-containing structures. 

Most Common Asbestos Occupational Exposures in Rochester, NY

Based on the prevalence of asbestos in certain industries, occupational exposure in Rochester, NY may involve: 

  • Construction and building occupations: Building instructors and managers, carpenters, contractors, cement workers, drywallers, floor installers, installation workers, electricians, painters, plasterers, plumbers, roofers, tile setters
  • Industrial and mechanical occupations: Auto mechanics, boilermakers, HVAC workers, insulators, ironworkers, millwrights, pipefitters, roofers, sheet metal workers, steamfitters, welders
  • Occupations with fire and heavy machinery: Firefighters, glaziers, grinders, machinists, machine operators, maintenance workers, operating engineers, plant workers, railroad workers, refinery workers
  • Military personnel: Marines, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, National Guard, shipyard workers

Furthermore, everyone who came in contact with workers exposed to asbestos risked secondhand exposure. For example, if a worker handled asbestos products that left dust on their clothing, they could then go home and expose family members to the fibers.

Products and Materials Containing Asbestos:

There are a range of products and materials that have been recognized for containing asbestos, including: 

  • Insulation and fireproofing products: Wall insulation, ceiling insulation, pipe insulation, asbestos paper, millboard, cement sheets, fire blankets, pipe tape, boiler insulation, furnace insulation
  • Construction and building materials: Ceiling tiles, floor tiles, vinyl product backings, adhesives, roofing, siding, textured paint, patching compounds, cement, sheetrock, shingles
  • Automobile components: Clutches, brake linings, brake pads, gaskets, transmission parts 
  • Heat-resistant items: Mattresses, crock pots, hair dryers, stoves, clothes dryers, coffee pots, popcorn machines, fireplaces, ironing boards, curling irons, bottle warmers, toasters, dishwashers, fireproof clothing
  • Other items: Makeup, baby powder, crayons, spray-on coatings

The main reason asbestos was used in these products is to offer durability and fire resistance. Items containing talcum powder are also at high risk of asbestos contamination because of the minerals’ natural proximity to one another.

This infographic lists the occupations most likely to have exposure to asbestos and lists many common products that contain asbestos.

Known Asbestos Exposures in Rochester, NY

Asbestos exposure in Rochester, NY has affected local hospitals, warehouses, and major companies. Examples include: 

  • University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital: Demolition and renovation work that resulted in numerous OSHA violations from not identifying and managing asbestos risk 
  • Genesee Hospital: Contractor mishandled tens of thousands of square feet of asbestos contamination, exposing workers and the public
  • Eastman Kodak: Significant asbestos use in equipment like pumps, valves, boilers, and turbines throughout its power plant. 
  • Other companies: Xerox, Bausch & Lomb, 3M, Gleason Works, Rochester Gas & Electric


Despite the post-1970s regulatory mandates by OSHA in the U.S. to provide protective gear against asbestos exposure, 3M’s respirator masks were ineffective in protecting workers from the risks of asbestos exposure.  Among the products failing to meet adequate protection standards were the 3M 8710 disposable respirator mask and the 3M 8500 dust mask. Both were designed to filter airborne toxins, including microscopic asbestos fibers, but failed to do so.   Furthermore, 3M was aware of the masks’ shortcomings in protecting against asbestos but did not warn workers. Those exposed face severe health repercussions including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Unfortunately, this issue highlights ongoing concerns with companies prioritizing financial gain over workplace safety and transparency. 

Eastman Kodak Company

Eastman Kodak’s negligence around asbestos risk at Kodak Park dates back to the 1930s. Asbestos was extensively utilized throughout the park in equipment like boilers, turbines, pumps, and valves, as well as in building materials such as drywall, insulation, and cement. Workers, including machinists, pipefitters, and steamfitters, encountered asbestos when performing day-to-day operations and maintenance, putting them at risk of mesothelioma cancer, asbestosis, lung cancer, and an array of serious symptoms.  Specific areas of exposure at Kodak Park included the powerhouse, where employees handled equipment with asbestos insulation, gaskets, and packing. Line assembly workers dealt with asbestos-insulated buildings during construction, expansion, and repair projects, and construction and power plant workers with Kodak’s Ridge Construction were exposed to asbestos-containing tiles, fireproofing spray, and more. Plus, the workers’ families faced secondhand exposure. 

Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation

Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) operates within a 2,700-square-mile area, supplying natural gas and electricity through multiple stations. The electricity generation processes at these facilities rely on high-heat operations in coal, oil, or nuclear plants. As a result, asbestos insulation was used through equipment such as pipes, pumps, boilers, and turbines to withstand high temperatures.  Workers at RG&E facilities faced frequent asbestos exposure during the installation, maintenance, and removal of insulation, putting them at high risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Victims now suffer from symptoms that impact their day-to-day as they experience deteriorating health from lung damage and other asbestos impacts.  Aware of the asbestos risks, RG&E has initiated demolition and decontamination plans with a focus on Russell Station. They plan to remove equipment, close parts of the cooling water intake system, and complete decontamination efforts to remove asbestos and other toxins. Renovations will involve new soil, lighting, and fencing to improve safety for workers and surrounding community members. 


Xerox Corporation was founded in 1906 in Rochester and utilized asbestos extensively before the 1990s. For decades it exposed workers to significant health risks, including mesothelioma cancer. Xerox’s Webster Plant (opened in 1956) utilized asbestos in boilers, insulation, and other manufacturing materials. Boiler rooms and other high-heat areas were heavily contaminated with asbestos in refractory linings, gaskets, and packing. Their copying machines are also cited to contain asbestos.  Workers faced asbestos exposure in the workplace when handling asbestos-containing equipment and materials, also bringing home fibers on their clothing and gear, exposing other members of their household. Additionally, trades workers involved in construction and maintenance activities, like during the construction of structures like the Xerox Tower, risked workplace exposure when installing, repairing, handling, and removing asbestos-containing materials.

Other Known Asbestos Exposures in Rochester, NY

Other job sites in Rochester, NY with known asbestos exposure include: 

  • 3M Building
  • Amerada Hess Oil Company, Inc.
  • American Brewing Company
  • American Everguard Coatings, Inc.
  • American Fruit Product Company, Inc.
  • American Home Foods Inc.
  • American Laundry Machinery Manufacturing Company
  • American Tobacco, W.S. Kimball Branch
  • B.F. Sturtevant and Company
  • Barr and Creelman Mill & Plumbing Supply Co.
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Beech-Nut Packing Company
  • Beechnut Life Savers, Inc.
  • Bell Engineering
  • Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway Company
  • Clapp’s Baby Food, Inc.
  • Cluett, Peabody & Company, Inc.
  • Consolidated Machine Tool Corporation
  • Crescent Puritan Laundry
  • Cutler Building
  • Delco Products, Inc.
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company
  • E.W. Edwards and Son
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • Elmer W. Davis, Inc.
  • Elsary Gypsum Company
  • Enviro-Tech Systems, Inc.
  • Fort Wayne Corrugated Paper Company, Inc.
  • General Dynamics/Electronics
  • General Motors Company (GM)
  • General Railway Signal Company
  • Genesee Brewing Company
  • Genesee Science
  • German Insurance Company
  • Gleason Corporation
  • Gleason Works
  • Gleo Eastman
  • Harold H. Clapp, Inc.
  • Iola Sanatorium
  • Keeler and Kimball
  • Kodak Hawkeye Plant
  • Kodak Park Works
  • L. Henisee
  • Marks & Fuller Photo Supplies
  • McCurdy’s Department Store Addition
  • Mechanics Laundry Company, Inc.
  • Midland Marine Bank
  • Monroe Community College
  • Monroe County Pure Water Project
  • New York Central System
  • PAP Warehouse
  • Pfaudler Permutit, Inc.
  • Pfaudler, Inc.
  • R.E. Ginna Nuclear Plant
  • R.T. Ford Company
  • R.T. French Company
  • Ridge Lumber Inc.
  • Ritter Dental Company
  • River Campus Heating Plant, University of Rochester
  • Riviera Theatre
  • Robert F. Hyland & Sons, Inc.
  • Rochester & Suburban Railway Company
  • Rochester and Sodus Bay Railway Company
  • Rochester Davis‐Fetch Corporation
  • Rochester Food Products Corporation
  • Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation
  • Rochester Industrial Insulations Inc.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rochester Products Division
  • Rochester Railway and Light Company
  • Rochester Smelting & Refining Company, Inc.
  • Rochester State Hospital
  • Rochester Syndicate
  • Schaefer and Schlegel
  • School No. 13
  • Second Church of Christ, Scientist
  • Security Trust Building
  • St. Joe Paper Company
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Standard-Rochester Brewing Company
  • Star Palace Laundry
  • Stromberg-Carlson Corporation
  • SUNY Brockport Dormitories
  • SUNY Brockport Student Union
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • Symington-Gould, Inc.
  • T.H. Symington Company
  • Taylor Instrument Company
  • Turner Construction Company
  • University of Rochester
  • Vacuum Oil Company
  • Van Bergh Silver Plate Company
  • Veterans Hospital
  • William Summerhays’ Sons Corporation
  • Xerox Complex
  • Yawman & Erbe Manufacturing Company, Inc

Mesothelioma Symptoms and Signs to Look Out For

Mesothelioma symptoms can vary, especially based on where the cancer is located. Oftentimes, signs of mesothelioma don’t emerge until it has reached advanced stages and spread to other areas of the body.  General mesothelioma symptoms: 

  • Blood clots
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Fever 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss

Type-specific symptoms: 

  • Pleural mesothelioma: Chest or lower back pain, cough, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, shortness of breath, swelling of face and arms 
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma: Abdominal pain, abdominal swelling or fluid buildup, constipation, nausea, vomiting
  • Pericardial mesothelioma: Chest pain, heart murmur, irregular heart rhythm, shortness of breath, fluid buildup around the heart
  • Testicular mesothelioma: Testicular mass, scrotal swelling, scrotal pain

Patients should seek medical care as soon as possible if you identify any unusual lumps or if you develop any of the above symptoms.

Eligibility for Mesothelioma Compensation in Rochester, NY

Eligibility requirements to file a mesothelioma lawsuit involve asbestos exposure and the development of a related illness. Those living with an asbestos illness and those with immediate family members who died from an asbestos illness could both be eligible for compensation. 

Personal Injury Eligibility: 

  • Asbestos exposure: Proof that you were exposed to asbestos (directly or indirectly)
  • Related diagnosis: Proof that you were diagnosed with an asbestos illness like mesothelioma, asbestosis, or asbestos-related lung, colon, or ovarian cancer

Wrongful Death Eligibility: 

  • Immediate family member asbestos exposure: Proof that your immediate family member was exposed to asbestos 
  • Death from asbestos-related diagnosis: Proof that your loved one died from an asbestos illness 

Keep in mind: Individuals who experienced secondhand exposure may also be eligible for compensation. For example, you may be able to file a lawsuit if someone in your home brought home asbestos on their clothing and you then developed an illness like mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma and Asbestos Trust Funds in Rochester, NY

Bankrupt asbestos companies set aside funds in trusts to help compensate victims who develop an asbestos illness or family members who lose a loved one to an asbestos illness. Throughout the years, these trust funds have paid out billions of dollars but there are still billions in funds available to future individuals.  If you choose to sue an asbestos company that has established an asbestos or mesothelioma trust fund, you may decide to file a trust fund claim. Experienced attorneys can ensure you meet eligibility requirements and file on your behalf with the appropriate evidence.

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlement Amounts in Rochester, NY

When claimants file a mesothelioma lawsuit, it could end in a settlement or go to trial. Here are some key characteristics of both options:  Mesothelioma settlements 

  • Most mesothelioma cases resolve in a settlement 
  • Settlements occur when the plaintiff and defendant reach an agreement, and the defendant pays the plaintiff a certain amount of money, ending the case
  • Settlements can increase your chances of compensation and often payout quicker 
  • Average mesothelioma settlement amounts tend to fall between $1 million and $2 million 

Mesothelioma verdicts 

  • Attorneys may recommend you pursue a trial for your mesothelioma lawsuit
  • Going to trial can take longer and may delay your payout 
  • While successful verdicts can pay out higher, you risk the chance of walking away with no compensation if the ruling isn’t in your favor 
  • Average mesothelioma verdicts often fall between $5 million and $11.5 million

Claimants should be aware of the attorney and legal fees required to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. While mesothelioma cases typically pay out at a million dollars or more, actual amounts will vary on a case-by-case basis. By talking to an experienced lawyer, you can get more insight into the strength of your case and potential for compensation.

Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma Claims in Rochester, NY

Asbestos cases are time-sensitive, meaning you have a strict timeline during which you must file to be eligible for compensation. These deadlines are referred to as statutes of limitations. They vary based on state and the type of claim. For example, wrongful death claims may have tighter deadlines than personal injury claims.  New York’s statutes of limitations are: 

  • Three years for personal injury claims: You must file within three years of your asbestos-related diagnosis 
  • Two years for wrongful death claims: You must file within two years of the asbestos-related death 

Certain circumstances can limit or extend these deadlines. Therefore, it’s crucial to contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure you don’t lose your chances at filing a claim.

How to File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit in Rochester, NY

At King Law, we can guide you through the entire process of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit from start to finish. We’re here to offer compassionate support and an unmatched level of expertise as you embark on your legal journey. To file a mesothelioma claim, the process typically involves: 

  1. Consultation: Contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney for a consultation. They will review your case and confirm you meet eligibility requirements, also identifying liable asbestos products and manufacturers potentially responsible for your exposure. 
  2. Discovery: Support your attorney to gather the required evidence to prove that you were exposed to asbestos and developed a related illness like mesothelioma. Evidence often includes employment records, medical records showing your diagnosis, information on your exposure and the responsible party, and financial documents showing economic impact. 
  3. File the claim: Your attorney will build your case and file it with the appropriate court, providing details about your case and who you deem responsible for exposure. 
  4. Settlement or trial: Your attorney will advise whether or not you should consider a settlement or if you should go to trial. They can negotiate settlements on your behalf and navigate legal proceedings for you. 
  5. Compensation: Ideally, you will achieve a settlement or a successful jury verdict to then get compensation to help offset lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. 

At King Law, we have experience handling wrongful exposure lawsuits and are dedicated to taking as much of the burden off of your plate as possible.

Mesothelioma Resources in Rochester, NY

Rochester, NY has resources like legal assistance, medical treatment facilities, support groups, and more to support mesothelioma victims and their families.

Mesothelioma Treatment Centers

By seeking out treatment centers that specialize in mesothelioma, you can access treatments to help improve your quality of life and potentially improve your life expectancy.  Treatment facilities in and near Rochester, NY: 

  • University of Rochester Medical Center (Rochester, NY)
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Buffalo, NY)
  • Hematology and Oncology Associates of Central New York (East Syracuse, NY)
  • Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (New York, NY)
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York, NY) 
  • NY-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (New York, NY) 
  • NYU Langone Medical Center (New York, NY) 
  • Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center (Bronx, NY) 

It’s common for mesothelioma patients and their families to travel to access care. Compensation through a mesothelioma lawsuit can help cover costs associated with travel, boarding, and treatment.

Mesothelioma Doctors

There are some doctors that specialize in mesothelioma cancer, as well as doctors that specialize based on cancer location. For example, pleural mesothelioma patients may seek care from thoracic specialists. Explore doctors who treat and research mesothelioma by treatment center:

  • University of Rochester Medicine: Dr. Deborah Mulford, Dr. Hong Zhang, Dr. Carla Falkson, Dr. Michael Thomas Milano, Dr. Philip J. Katzman, Dr. David G. Hicks, Dr. Bruce I. Goldman, and Dr. Thomas H. Foster. 
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: Dr. Todd Demmy, Dr. Elisabeth Dexter, Dr. Mark Hennon, Dr. Chukwumere Nwogu, Dr. Patrick Seastedt, Dr. Sai Yendamuri, Dr. Grace Dy, Dr. Nadia Malik, Dr. Jingxin Qiu, and Dr. Bo Xu. 
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center: Dr. Andrea Wolf and her team of care providers under the New York Mesothelioma Program (NYMP) at Mount Sinai. 
  • NY-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center: Dr. Benjamin Lee, Dr. Mark Ginsburg, Dr. Andy Huang, Dr. Henry Spotnitz, Dr. Joshua Sonett, Dr. Oliver Chow, Dr. Jonathan Villena-Vargas, Dr. Ashish Saxena, Dr. Jeffrey Port, Dr. Nasser Altorki, Dr. Frank D’Ovidio, Dr. Lyall Gorenstein, and Dr. Brian Henick. 
  • NYU Langone Medical Center: Dr. Jamie Bessich, Dr. Abraham Chachoua, Dr. Benjamin Cooper, Dr. Travis Geraci, Dr. Amie Kent, Dr. Sally Lau, Dr. Salman Punekar, Dr. Joshua Sabari, Dr. Elaine Shum, Dr. Daniel Sterman, Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti, Dr. Francis Arena, Dr. Paul Bader, Dr. Costas Bizekis, Dr. Robert Cerfolio, Dr. Anu Chandok, Dr. Thomas Daniels, Dr. Rami Daya, Dr. Brian Flaherty, Dr. Richard Forte, Dr. Ari Ginsberg, Dr. Yair Keilson, Dr. Boris Kobrinsky, Dr. Anna Kurzyna-Solinas, Dr. Brian McNelis, Dr. Hina Naqvi, Dr. Anju Ohri, Dr. Samaan Rafeq, Dr. Marissa Rybstein, Dr. Jeffrey Schneider, Dr. Amy Solan, Dr. Laurence Spier, Dr. Frank Tomao, Dr. Kwok-Kin Wong, and Dr. Michael Zervos. 
  • Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center: Dr. Enrico Castellucci, Dr. Mark Chaitowitz, Dr. Haiying Cheng, Dr. Neel Chudgar, Dr. Avi Einzig, Dr. David Fernandes, Dr. Anna Ferrari, Dr. Daniel Friendman, Dr. Joachim Fuks, Dr. David Geller, Dr. Kira Gritsman, Dr. Rasim Gucalp, Dr. Balazs Halmos, Dr. Charna Klein, Dr. Kenneth Liu, Dr. Della Makower, Dr. Ioannis Mantzaris, Dr. Katharine McNeill, Dr. Sun Young Oh, Dr. Stuart Packer, Dr. David Prezant, Dr. Mark Ramirez, Dr. Norman Rosen, Dr. Ali Sadoughi, Dr. Chirag Shah, Dr. Aditi Shastri, Dr. Alejandro Sica, Dr. Simon Spivack, Dr. Brendan Stiles, Dr. Amit Verma, and Dr. Marc Vimolratana. 

Mesothelioma doctors often recommend a combination of surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible, followed by radiation, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy to kill remaining cancer cells and help prevent spreading (metastasis). Patients may also be eligible to partake in clinical trials to try treatments and medications not yet available to the public.  Treatment plans will be customized based on the patient’s overall health, cancer stage, location, cell type, and other diagnoses. The goal is usually to improve quality of life and extend life expectancy.

Do you have legal questions about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure in Rochester? Our team of mesothelioma lawyers have the answers and are here to help every step of the way. Whether you’re wondering about your rights, how to start a claim, or what compensation might look like for you, our team can provide the insight you need. Drop us a line or swing by our office in Clinton Square—we’re here to help you navigate this challenging journey.

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By contacting a law firm that has experience with asbestos cases, you can experience the guidance and expertise needed to confidently file a claim. At King Law, our attorneys have the background and resources needed to execute on your behalf and negotiate to get you the compensation you truly deserve. Don’t wait – contact us today for a free consultation. 

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If you are considering filing an asbestos claim, contact us today. You can visit us in-person at our Rochester location (650 Clinton Square, Rochester, NY 14604), give us a call (585-460-2193), or complete our online form. We get in touch to set up a consultation and begin working on eligible cases immediately. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For additional information regarding asbestos exposure and mesothelioma lawsuits in Rochester, NY, check out answers to these frequently asked questions.

How do you get mesothelioma cancer in Rochester, NY?
Individuals in Rochester, NY can get mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos. Common sources of asbestos exposure in Rochester include at hospitals, factories, and other workplaces or sites that contain asbestos-containing materials.
What is mesothelioma caused by in Rochester, NY?
Mesothelioma cases in Rochester, NY are often attributed to asbestos exposure in the workplace, military, or even at home when dealing with asbestos-containing materials.
What are the symptoms of mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma symptoms vary based on cancer location. However, common symptoms can include blood clots, excessive sweating, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, and unexplained weight loss.
Can mesothelioma be treated in Rochester, NY?
Yes, there are treatment centers and oncologists in Rochester, NY and surrounding areas that specialize in malignant mesothelioma.
What is the main cause of mesothelioma in Rochester, NY?
The main cause of mesothelioma cases in Rochester, NY is exposure to asbestos. 
Can you get mesothelioma without asbestos exposure in Rochester, NY?
You can get mesothelioma in Rochester, NY if you weren’t exposed to asbestos, if you were indirectly exposed to asbestos, or if you have another known risk factor.
How common is mesothelioma in Rochester, NY?
According to the New York State Department of Health, there are around 180 new mesothelioma diagnoses each year in New York. Rochester is one of the top five biggest cities in the state.
Are mesothelioma settlements taxable in Rochester, NY?
Mesothelioma settlements are typically not taxable. The IRS considers lawsuits, settlements, and awards as exclusions from taxable income.
How is mesothelioma diagnosed in Rochester, NY?
Mesothelioma is often diagnosed by a physical exam, evaluation of symptoms, blood work, imaging scans, and a biopsy.
How long do mesothelioma claims take in Rochester, NY?
Mesothelioma lawsuits can take several months or longer to resolve. Cases that go to trial may take longer than cases that end in a settlement.
How do you choose a mesothelioma lawyer in Rochester, NY?
Consider a Rochester, NY attorney that has experience handling cases that involve asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, such as those at King Law.
How do you file a mesothelioma claim in Rochester, NY?
To file a mesothelioma claim in Rochester, NY, you should schedule a consultation with an attorney, help them gather the appropriate evidence, and allow your attorney to guide you through the process as they file a claim on your behalf and negotiate a settlement or go to trial.