By Bari Faye Siegel
About five years ago, New Jersey attorney Chris Placitella received a phone call from a South Jersey woman. She was very upset having just come from the doctor who told her she had mesothelioma.
“I went to her home on the day she was diagnosed with mesothelioma. She was given two years to live. I made some phone calls and connected her with the right doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital,” explained Placitella, well known for his tireless work fighting for the legal rights of people sickened by asbestos. “It’s five years later and she is still alive. The day I met her, it wasn’t all about the case for me. It was about getting this woman the care she needed.” Ultimately, Placitella did obtain a substantial settlement in the case on behalf of his client.
The interesting thing, noted Placitella, is that his client never worked in a factory. She never worked in construction. She was a housewife and a daughter who regularly cleaned her husband’s and father’s work clothes. They were boilermakers.