Long Island Legislator Fights Mesothelioma

by Sokolove Law

High-profile New York state politician William J. Lindsay is battling mesothelioma cancer using an experimental treatment.

Lindsay is the presiding officer of Long Island’s Suffolk County Legislature. He believes his mesothelioma resulted from his exposure to asbestos as an electrician. He worked as an electrician and labor leader before he became a politician.

Long Island Newsday (subscription required) reports that Lindsay, 67, is starting treatments next week at the National Institutes for Health in Bethesda, Md. His schedule will include one week of treatment, followed by a three-week break, then another week of treatment and three weeks off. After these two rounds of treatment, Lindsay’s doctors will decide how to proceed with his mesothelioma treatment, says the article.

Lindsay has already been through several mesothelioma treatments. He had one lung removed early in 2012, and has undergone radiation treatments. In August, his doctor pronounced him cancer-free, but told him in January that the mesothelioma had returned. Lindsay, however, plans to be back in time for the March 19 legislative meeting.

Electricians — past and present — are at a high risk of asbestos exposure. This exposure comes from running wires through older structures with building materials that contain asbestos, such as insulation and drywall. Electricians can also be exposed to asbestos when repairing older equipment, such as turbines and generators, and from removing asbestos-containing wire insulation.

Have you been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-caused disease? Do you believe you were exposed to asbestos at a job site? You may be entitled to financial compensation through a mesothelioma lawsuit. To learn more about your legal options, please Sokolove Law for a free case evaluation.

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