A jury in Oregon awarded a couple $5.4 million after a man was exposed to asbestos at work for decades and now suffers from mesothelioma.
According to Oregonlive.com, the verdict may be reduced due to state laws regarding punitive damages and the fact that one of the man’s employers, the U.S. Navy may be immune from certain responsibility.
The man, now 75, was exposed to asbestos while serving in the Navy for four years during the 1960s. He worked with gaskets that contained the material during his service, manufactured by John Crane Inc.
Additionally, during his employment as a pipefitter following his military service, he was also exposed to asbestos. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2015. Oregonlive reports that jurors determined that John Crane Inc. must pay $3 million in punitive damages relating to his diagnosis and health problems.
Attorneys were able to argue that the company knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure but did not warn the public for decades.
Asbestos Exposure at Work Can Result in Mesothelioma
Currently, asbestos exposure is taken seriously by most employers and the government because it has been linked to mesothelioma, colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer and kidney cancer. However, as this case proves, that was not always the case.
Prior to the 1970s, it was not uncommon for people working in skilled trades to be exposed to asbestos at work. This was prior to when the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned it in many manufacturing products.
Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with cancer and you believe it was the result of asbestos exposure at work. We can investigate your case, obtain employment records and possibly obtain compensation for you that can help pay for treatment.
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