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  • Too often, home owners begin renovations unaware that asbestos may be present in the materials they are disturbing. The question then becomes, “What should the property owner do before beginning renovations?”

  • In the past year, our attorneys have made dozens of trips throughout the United States to assist clients exposed to toxic materials, such as asbestos, while living and working in New York State.

  • After more than five years of litigation before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, Lipsitz & Ponterio has succeeded in establishing that the death of Joseph “Joe” Mahoney (close friends and family also knew of him as “Herk”), a former employee of the Linde Division of Union Carbide in Tonawanda, New York, was caused by his workplace exposure to asbestos. 

  • Joseph (“Joe”) J. McNeil retired in 1992 after a career spanning over 35 years with Ashland Oil.  A couple of months ago Joe  graciously agreed to be interviewed by Lipsitz & Ponterio concerning his memories of working at Ashland Oil.

  • Despite the distraction of New York State’s budget crisis, some Albany lawmakers are slow to recognize that childhood lead poisoning remains a serious public health problem that needs to be addressed. 

  • Many items are still being debated for inclusion in President Obama’s $838 billion economic stimulus package, including nationwide lead remediation programs costing $100 Million.

  • Lawyers, especially those who represent plaintiffs in asbestos disease lawsuits, tend to think a good deal about warnings.  After all, the claim that the defendant companies failed to warn the plaintiff about the potential health hazards of exposure to asbestos dust from their products is at the core of every asbestos lawsuit.  Similarly, the failure to warn constitutes the basis of many other types of toxic exposure lawsuits, as well as lawsuits involving consumer goods and medications.

  • Attorney Mathew J. Morton joins Lipsitz & Ponterio.

  • By making your health care wishes known now, you can provide the authority to individuals who you trust to carry out those directions and preferences when necessary.  In the best of circumstances, you will openly and honestly discuss your wishes with your appointed agents. The following are several legal documents that you should consider and discuss with your legal advisor or health care provider:

  • Neil J. McKinnon, Esq. is a key member of Lipsitz & Ponterio’s Lead Practice Group, which represents children suffering from lead poisoning.