Chicago, IL (September 18, 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.
At last Tuesday’s Asbestos Call, the Vogelzang Law team prepared for an upcoming trial slated for early October. Attorney Michael Maienza will represent Wilbur DeBolt, a former steel worker and United States Air Force veteran diagnosed with mesothelioma in May 2017.
As a steel worker and a veteran, Mr. DeBolt represents a large demographic of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of workplace asbestos exposure. Veterans and steel workers are among the most at-risk populations due to high amounts of asbestos products in their work environments. Mr. DeBolt’s career in steel mills, as well as his work with numerous valves, pumps, and insulation, caused his alleged asbestos exposure and subsequent diagnosis.
With trial quickly approaching, Mr. Maienza argued a motion to compel a defendant to procure tender dates for the deposition of its corporate representative. The defendant argued that their corporate representative had already provided a deposition to Vogelzang Law in the past, which they deemed sufficient. However, Maienza argued, the deposition was taken by Connelly & Vogelzang, a different firm. Additionally, Vogelzang Law wishes to depose the representative in relation to a different type of product, necessitating a new deposition. Judge McWilliams denied the motion without prejudice, leaving the firm free to amend the complaint and make another attempt.
Mr. DeBolt’s trial is scheduled for early October 2018.
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.