September 2018

September 2018

Hello and welcome to the Vogelzang Law attorney update for September 2018. All of our lawyers and law clerks are extremely busy heading into the fall, having taken on several new cases while preparing a couple of big cases for trial in November. This month we hope to complete at least two and perhaps three depositions of clients with mesothelioma.

The first client, Mr. Oberg, was exposed to asbestos in a variety of ways including while he performed radio and television repair in the 1960s and 1970s. These old appliances used Raytheon tubes that produced heat and utilized asbestos containing heat shields.  Mr. Oberg would blow out those appliances thereby exposing him to asbestos dust.

We also hope to depose a lifelong electrician who  traveled all across the United States working in industrial locations while asbestos-containing pipe covering was installed and removed in his presence. Finally, the third new client we are working with was a boiler tender on the Badger, a notorious ferry that runs between Milwaukee and Muskegon. The boiler was insulated with asbestos, making it one of several heavy asbestos exposures he endured in his career.

In addition to those clients, we are preparing to take two cases to trial in November. The first is a Local 17 insulator out of Chicago who  worked in many industrial locations throughout the city installing and removing asbestos pipe covering. As a result of his work with the asbestos insulation, he was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and recently passed away.  His family is continuing the lawsuit on his behalf and hopes to hold the companies accountable for failing to warn him of the dangers of asbestos. Another case that is set for the same day for trial is that of a window glazer. One of his many exposures included asbestos-containing building panels that he cut with a specialized saw before installing the panels using caulk that also contained asbestos He, unfortunately, passed away in 2017, and his family contacted us after he died to look into filing a lawsuit. Luckily, he had worked extensively with one of his cousins who was able to give a deposition testifying to the asbestos-containing materials they used on the job site.

These cases are all unique and require many hours of attorney and paralegal time. Clients remember many of the details, but it also falls on the law firm to retrace the past and find  which products were used back in time and which of those products contained asbestos, in addition to which companies manufactured the products. We all enjoy doing this work on behalf of our clients and we look forward to a productive fall.


Nicholas Vogelzang


Nicholas Vogelzang has tried numerous asbestos lawsuits on behalf of families stricken with mesothelioma, in both Cook County and Madison County, Illinois. During one of his first trials on behalf of Roby Whittington in 2003, Mr. Vogelzang and his team received the most significant asbestos verdict in Illinois history at $250,000,000.Since then, he has represented more than 200 families with every imaginable type of asbestos exposure throughout the country, resulting in more than 200 million in settlements and verdicts. In 2017, he represented a variety of workers diagnosed with mesothelioma. His clients included: a bricklayer from US Steel; an insulator from Hooker Chemical; a laborer from Union Carbide; a sheet metal worker from John Deere; a plastic worker from Batts Plastics; two employees from Borg Warner; and a Local 130 Chicago union plumber. Nicholas takes pride in personally getting to know each family by working with them to determine the source of the asbestos exposure.His clients for 2018 include: a sheet metal worker; a chemical engineer from Allied Chemical; a TWA airplane mechanic; the mother and husband of a Local 597 Chicago pipefitter; a residential and commercial plumber; a window glazier; a Local 17 asbestos insulator; the wife of a John Jay High School maintenance worker; a pipe fitter that worked at Bethlehem Steel and later Kroger Dairy; and two steelworkers from US Steel.Mr. Vogelzang dedicates himself to his craft, regularly appearing in court on behalf of his clients to argue motions against Fortune 500 companies and their national counsel. He continues his dedication to his clients by working with bright young associates that assist in every aspect of the litigation.

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