Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC represents former and retired workers from Donner Hanna Coke Corporation once located at Mystic and Abby Streets in Buffalo, New York. This 88 acre facility once produced metallurgic coke, a necessary element used to make steel. Donner Hanna Coke also manufactured coke by-products including phenol, xylene, xylenol and orthoxylenol, benzene, toluene, ammonium sulfate, gas, coke oven gas and coal tar. High temperature equipment was used to process these materials and chemicals. For decades, asbestos was used as an insulating material that was applied to a wide variety of surfaces, including pipes, coke ovens, boilers, duct work and vessels. Workers who handled asbestos materials or were in the vicinity of others who did were at a high risk for injurious exposure, and are at risk for developing mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
In addition to asbestos exposure, those who worked on top of or alongside coke oven batteries are at a substantially increased risk for developing lung cancer and other cancers. Coke oven emissions are composed of gases and dust harmful to your lungs and skin.
In the process of representing workers and their families, we have gathered a vast amount of information concerning coke oven emissions, as well as the type and variety of asbestos containing products to which our clients were exposed. Our clients understand the importance of securing legal representation as soon as possible after a diagnosis of mesothelioma or lung cancer. If you or a loved one were once employed at Donner Hanna Coke in Buffalo, New York and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.