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A conversation with John Comerford from Lipsitz and Ponterio

Posted at 3:59 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 15:59:21-05

For over 25 years the attorneys at Lipsitz and Ponterio have led the way in shaping asbestos law in New York State fighting for justice for those who have had to fight asbestos related diseases. Senior partner John P. Comerford joins Mel Camp on AM Buffalo. John joined the firm in 1995 right after graduating from the University of Buffalo law school. He says when he thinks of the 25 years, he thinks of all the clients they have served. He says these were men and women who truly lived their lives by the grace of daily obligations. They went into these plants to make sure their children and loved ones were fed appropriately; had a roof over their head and right on the cusp of their golden years they get hit with this diagnosis.

Mesothelioma is terminal cancer only caused by asbestos. John says if they meet someone who has been diagnosed mesothelioma, they know that person had unequivocal massive exposure to asbestos.

John Comerford say’s there’s been an explosion of women who have no connection to an occupational exposure coming down with mesothelioma. They have a common thread that really knitted them together and that was massive use of talcum powder. The talcum powder is really disturbing, he says, because there are internal memos, documents that go back to the 50’s and 60’s showing that internal tests of these companies confirm that talcum powder was contaminated with asbestosis. If you were exposed to asbestos, you should share that with your physician and he would encourage a yearly x-ray. John Comerfords says if you are diagnosed with an asbestos related disease you need to call our office, Lipsitz & Ponterio immediately. He says he is not trying to scare people. They are there to help and they have adjusted to what is going on with COVID and have kept the practice going. Unfortunately, he says, cancer doesn’t stop for these people. It will ruin lives. He says they have to work feverishly to keep these cases moving in New York.


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