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A jury in New York awarded $1.42 million to the widow of a man who died of complications related to asbestos exposure that the decedent suffered while working in the U.S. Navy between 1967 and 1971.
The verdict followed a nine-day trial against John Crane, Inc., which was the sole defendant remaining of more than 50 she and her husband initially named as defendants after he was first diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2013. He died just four months later. After his death, wrongful death claims were added to the litigation.
The plaintiff alleged the decedent was exposed to the airborne fibers while working on boilers in Navy ships. Specifically, the gaskets, made by defendant John Crane, Inc., contained asbestos. Even the packing material in which the gaskets were shipped had asbestos in them.
The defense attempted to point the finger at numerous other companies. Although asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, the defendant argued it wasn’t their asbestos that sickened him. Instead, it was the exposure he suffered from other manufacturers.
The plaintiff conceded that other manufacturers were at least partially responsible. In fact, among the initial defendants were makers of products used at a local steel mill where his father used to work. The decedent’s father used to track home asbestos on his clothes and on car seats each day after his shift.
Still, jurors in the case against John Crane, Inc. found the company was negligent and contributed to the decedent’s disease. However, that $1.42 million verdict will likely be offset by settlements with other parties in the case, as required under state law in New York.
The verdict amount included $400,000 in medical expenses. In the four months between his diagnosis and his death, the decedent underwent aggressive surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
During trial, defense lawyers argued asbestos contained within the gaskets was “encapsulated” and therefore posed no risk to the victim. However, that simply isn’t true, and the fact that we’ve seen many thousands of mesothelioma lawsuits filed by U.S. Navy veterans and their family members is further proof that exposure to this substance while working on ships was both very real and very common.
Help for mesothelioma victims can be found at The Ferraro Law Firm by calling (888) 554-2030. Offices in Miami and Washington, D.C.
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Frequently Asked Questions: Mesothelioma & Asbestos
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a carcinogenic, naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Known for its heat resistance and durability, asbestos has historically been used in insulation, construction materials, automotive parts, and shipbuilding materials.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is made up of small shard-like fibers that can easily become airborne when disturbed. If inhaled or ingested, these fibers can embed within the lining of the lungs, heart, stomach, or testes where they can cause cancer to form years or decades later.
What are asbestos-related diseases?
Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until decades after exposure.
What are the different types of mesothelioma?
Three of the most common types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma.
What are common mesothelioma symptoms?
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include difficulty breathing and chest pains. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach, may cause abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal pain, and nausea.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a preventable form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. military or while working in construction, mechanics, or a similar field, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact The Ferraro Law Firm for a free legal consultation.
What is the life expectancy for someone with mesothelioma?
There is no cure for mesothelioma. However, patients can receive treatments for mesothelioma that may extend their initial prognosis with proper treatment. Those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma usually have a life expectancy that is greater than three years, though a large part of this depends on the stage the patient is diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the longer the life expectancy and chance of long-term survival.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should immediately seek long-term medical treatment. After that, you should contact our firm to examine your legal rights. Since 1985, The Ferraro Law Firm has represented individuals with asbestos-related diseases and pursued fair compensation on their behalf. Our firm is one of the top five law firms in the U.S. handling mesothelioma and asbestos cases.
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