Founded in 1865 by two New York State Senators, Cornell University is one of New York State’s most renowned universities. During the nineteenth century, the university regularly admitted both women and African Americans, and it was well known for the diversity of its student body. Today, the university is recognized around the world as a center of academic excellence.
Cornell’s main campus, located on East Hill in Ithaca, New York, was originally built on 209.5 acres of land. The campus currently spans over 745 acres and is comprised of 260 buildings including, laboratories, athletic facilities, auditoriums, museums and lecture halls. The construction of most of these buildings began during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In recent years, workers who assisted in the construction at the Cornell campus have developed and died of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
The construction of many of Cornell’s contemporary structures required the use of asbestos-containing fireproofing, joint compound and pipe covering. Workers who handled asbestos-containing materials and those who worked in the vicinity were likely exposed to harmful asbestos dust and fibers. As a result, they have an elevated risk of developing a debilitating respiratory disease, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
In the process of representing workers and their families, our attorneys have gathered a vast amount of information regarding the types and varieties 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 as a laborer at Cornell University and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.