What are the Golden Years worth to you and your family? For patients diagnosed with mesothelioma in retirement, jurors continue to hand out verdicts that reflect the cavalier attitude of some of the nation’s largest companies when it came to preventing asbestos exposure in the workplace.
As we reported recently on our Mesothelioma Lawyer Blog, the disease’s 30- to 40-year average latency period means the number of cases could explode as millions of baby Boomers hit retirement.
Former major league baseball player and manager Charlie Metro succumb to the disease earlier this month at the age of 91. Information has not been made public that explains how he was exposed, but he has said that he spent summers working with his father in a Western Pennsylvania coal mine.
Our previous Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure blog discusses those most at risk, including those who were involved in mill work, automotive industry, shipbuilding and the heating and cooling or construction industries. Family members of an exposure victim may also be at increased risk. Long-term exposure is not necessary — studies have found an exposure event as short as 1-3 months may be sufficient to cause mesothelioma. While asbestos was first used as a building material in the late 1800s, its risks were known by manufacturers as early as the 1900s. Unfortunately, those risks were far too often ignored, putting the health and welfare of workers at risk in order to make a financial profit. Mesothelioma victims attorneys continue to fight for the rights of those diagnosed with the disease. And juries continue to see through to the profit motive and indifference of the businesses and entities that caused needless pain and suffering.
Recent verdicts resulting from mesothelioma wrongful death or personal injury lawsuits include:
-A Newport News, Virginia jury awarded $25 million on March 17 to a former shipyard worker in what was one of the largest verdicts in Virginia history. The verdict against Exxon Mobile Corporation included $12 million in compensatory damages, $12.5 million in punitive damages and $500,000 in medical expenses. The 72-year-old victim worked as a shipyard supervisor from 1966 to 1977.
-Also in March, an Illinois jury awarded a 59-year-old victim $90 million in a lawsuit against four companies accused of exposing him to asbestos. He claimed he was exposed to asbestos while working as a pipe fitter in the 1970s for several entities, including Illinois State University, Bridgestone-Firestone, and The Eureka Co.
-On March 17 in Dallas, a $9 million verdict was awarded to a Dallas family on behalf of a deceased victim who was exposed to asbestos while working at Dow Chemical.
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