Born in a small town in Soviet occupied Poland, Dorota Nigro emigrated to the United States in 1972, where she graduated high school and received a BA in foreign languages from Montclair State College in New Jersey. She met her future husband, Anthony Nigro, in 1986 while he worked for the Manhattan Transportation Authority (MTA). The couple married in 1987 and bought a home on Long Island, where they had two beautiful and intelligent children. Upon retiring from the MTA in 2011, Anthony was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, caused by the diesel fumes he was exposed to as a bus mechanic. He died in under four months.
After learning that his cancer was brought on by environmental causes
Dorota resolved to fight her husband’s company, even though Anthony believed she could not win against such a powerful corporation and that he was “just a number.” Ultimately, Dorota won the first worker’s compensation lawsuit in the country linking diesel fumes to cancer in 2014 and continues to fight to spread awareness of the harm diesel fumes have caused for generations.
Chris Moore is a graduate of Columbia University and the co-author and ghostwriter of several memoirs, including Thea Rosenbaum’s No Place for a Lady; and was editor and researcher for Abrashe Szabrinski’s memoir, Dare to Live, written about Szabrinski’s time as a Jewish partisan fighting the Nazis in the forests outside Vilna, Lithuania during WWII. He lives with his wife, three boys, and two dogs in Connecticut.
What Are Others Saying?
Any successful legal formula possesses intelligence plus dogged hard work, but when the 'Dorota factor' gets added best advise all opposition to run for cover. Diesel fumes kill, but Dorota’s love for her late husband, Anthony, combined with her leadership beat the fumes. You did it!
Not Just A Number is a fascinating - and important - read that highlights the dangers America’s working men and women face from industrial pollutants. It’s also a compelling personal story about a young girl who left Communist Poland, embraced the opportunities of America and, against the odds, successfully fought for justice when tragedy struck at the heart of her family.
This case is really a monumental decision. It's reminiscent of where we were with asbestos in the '70s.