Monthly Archives: August 2018

Former Aircraft Mechanic Files Asbestos Cancer Lawsuit

A former Illinois aircraft mechanic recently filed an asbestos cancer lawsuit against several defendants the plaintiff claims are responsible for the lung cancer diagnosis he received in 2017 after decades of exposure to the deadly carcinogen. The mesothelioma cancer lawsuit names CBS Corporation, General Electric, John Crane Inc., Honeywell International, Union Carbide Corporation, and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as defendants.

According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court, the plaintiff was exposed to asbestos while he worked as an aircraft mechanic from 1963 to 2011. The lawsuit claims the defendants either manufactured or installed asbestos products to which the plaintiff was exposed during his career. The plaintiff further alleges that the defendants knew full well that their asbestos-laden products were harmful to workers but chose not to warn him or others of the dangers.

Asbestos was once used in a variety of industrial applications for its heat-resistant and malleable properties, which made it ideal for numerous uses. Unfortunately, the once-popular insulation material is directly linked to developing deadly cancers, including mesothelioma. Despite knowing for decades about the risks associated with exposure to asbestos, companies continued to manufacture and install these products to the detriment of innocent people simply trying to earn a living and support themselves and their families.

Common occupations associated with asbestos exposure include steel, automotive, and other industrial jobs, drywall workers, pipefitters, gasket makers, and workers at power plants and shipyards. Asbestos exposure is particularly associated with occupations where workers cut, install, or manufacture insulation made with the substance and account for many of the mesothelioma lawsuits filed in the courts.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that commonly affects the thin linings of tissues surrounding vital organs like the heart, lungs, and abdomen. The disease occurs when victims inhale asbestos fibers from contaminated substances. There is no definitive cure for mesothelioma and due to a latency period that can be anywhere from 20 to 50 years, patients are often left with diminished treatment options by the time their physicians diagnose their illness.

Although nothing can undo the harm caused by a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis, patients can recover much-needed compensation to pay for vital medical treatment and make up for lost wages by filing asbestos cancer lawsuits. Filing a claim can recover past and future medical bills, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and the emotional distress of living with the disease. Furthermore, filing a mesothelioma cancer lawsuit helps to hold asbestos companies responsible for their negligence and send a message that our communities will not tolerate indifference to public safety.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

 

 

California Jury Hands Down $11.4 Million Award in Take Home Asbestos Lawsuit

A California jury recently handed down a substantial verdict in an asbestos cancer case involving a plaintiff who developed mesothelioma as a result of secondhand exposure to asbestos fibers brought home on his father’s work clothes. The jury’s $11.4 million award included $5 million to the plaintiff and his wife for what the panel deemed to be malice on the part of the defendant, Liberty Utilities, now known as Park Water.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that commonly affects thin lining of tissue surrounding vital organs like the lungs, heart, and abdomen. The disease is directly linked to exposure to asbestos, a naturally occuring mineral once commonly used in a variety of industrial, commercial, and military applications due to its malleability and heat-resistant properties. Mesothelioma usually takes 20 to 50 years to develop, which can leave patients with limited treatment options by the time a diagnosis is made.

According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the plaintiff developed his cancer as a result of being exposed to asbestos fibers his father unknowingly brought home from his job at Liberty Utilities (Park Water). The plaintiff’s father worked at Liberty Utilities (Park Water) from 1970 to 1985, where he cut, installed, and repaired asbestos-cement water pipes but was unaware of asbestos exposure and its dangers.

The plaintiffs alleged that the victim’s mesothelioma diagnosis could have been prevented had Liberty Utilities (Park Water) taken basic safety precautions, such as providing separate lockers for work and street clothing and warning employees about the risks of doing their jobs. However, the defendants did not give the plaintiff’s father any such warnings in the 15 years he worked for the utility company, according to the lawsuit.

The jury’s award included $856,500 in lost wages and $2,550,000 for loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and pain and suffering to the plaintiff for his injuries. The jury also awarded the plaintiff’s wife $3,000,000 for loss of consortium which includes the deprivation of the benefits of a family relationship due to injuries caused by the defendant’s negligence.

Of great significance was the jury’s $5,000,000 punitive damages award for the malice it determined that the defendant acted with for its failure to warn employees about the risks of asbestos exposure. While not a common occurrence in civil cases, punitive damages are handed down by juries as a means to punish defendants for especially egregious conduct and serve as a deterrent for others to act in a similarly negligent manner.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.