August 28, 2018 By swarren

Chicago Tuesday Asbestos Call Recap: Two Living Mesothelioma Cases Set for Trial in 2019

Chicago, IL (August 21, 2018) —

The Daley Center hosts an Asbestos Call every other Tuesday, which serves as the time and place to track the progress of a lawsuit in preparation for the trial date. The Vogelzang Law blog provides bi-weekly Asbestos Call updates.

In a successful Tuesday Asbestos Call last week, the Vogelzang Law team set two cases for trial in 2019. In both cases, the firm will be representing mesothelioma patients who are currently living with their illness. With such an aggressive disease, it is crucial to move through the legal process quickly, as the Vogelzang Law team advocated last week.

Attorney Wyatt Berkover set a date for trial in the unique take-home case of Inge Markey, who is currently fighting mesothelioma.  Mrs. Markey’s husband worked with boilers, tanks, and heat exchangers for nearly forty years, where he allegedly came into contact with asbestos materials. When Mrs. Markey then handled the family laundry, she allegedly inhaled the asbestos dust that had collected on his clothing, leading to her mesothelioma diagnosis several decades later. This trial raises awareness of the potential dangers facing the families of those working with asbestos materials.

Mrs. Markey’s trial will begin in June 2019, following another successful take-home case which the Vogelzang Law team settled in July. Such cases can help educate the public  dangerous secondhand exposure, which often affects spouses and children.

The Vogelzang Law team will see another trial in June 2019; attorney Michael Maienza will represent Gordon Oberg, who worked as a television and radio repairman throughout the 1960s and 70s. This case represents a unique and little-known form of asbestos exposure; Mr. Oberg was allegedly exposed to asbestos dust that collected in the devices he worked on. He is currently receiving treatment for his mesothelioma.

In order to ensure Mr. Oberg’s day in court, the Vogelzang Law team requested an expedited trial. This process can help cases move quickly and see trial in as soon as nine months. Doing so can be especially important in mesothelioma cases, as the disease is so aggressive and prognosis can be poor for many patients. Securing a day in court can help clients feel a sense of closure and justice during a difficult time.

These two cases represent an important motivation for the Vogelzang Law team: helping families see their day in court and advocating for those fighting this disease. The firm is currently preparing for four remaining 2018 trials and has eight set for 2019.

The Vogelzang Law team continues to advocate for families across America who have been impacted by asbestos. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer linked to asbestos fibers, which are easily inhaled when working with asbestos materials. As a result, insulators, pipefitters, construction workers, mechanics, and more are among the most at-risk groups.