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Asbestos Exposure: Oregon Couple Wins $5.4 Million Verdict

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…
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Companies Can Be Sued When Workers Bring Asbestos Home

In late 2016, the California Supreme Court ruled that companies can be held liable if cancerous asbestos from job sites makes someone at a worker’s home sick. The ruling let lawsuits proceed in the state on the behalf of family members and roommates of employees who may have brought home asbestos on their personal clothing or artifacts. According to the Los Angeles Times, the ruling was a result of two lawsuits. One lawsuit was filed on behalf of a man, age 53, who was diagnosed with perotineal mesothelioma in 2011, who died three years later. His uncle reportedly worked at a brake manufacturing plant in Virginia around asbestos-containing products, and he spent several nights per week at his home. The other lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman whose husband worked for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, a predecessor of BNSF Railway Co., according to the newspaper. The…
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Asbestos Wallboard Products Victim Awarded $8.75 Million

The Associated Press reports that an Oregon jury has awarded a man $8.75 million after he developed mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in the 1970s. According to the news outlet, David Hoff, a former construction worker, contracted the incurable form of cancer after working with wallboard products, as particles from the products became airborne when they were sanded down at jobsites. Sadly, Hoff is only expected to live another year and a half. Hoff and his wife sued Kaiser Gypsum, the manufacturer of the wallboard products, which stopped making the materials in 1975. During the trial, Hoff was able to prove that the company knew about the dangers associated with the products as early as 1975. The jury awarded Hoff $750,000 for medical expenses, $4 million for pain and suffering, as well as $4 million to his wife. The verdict came down in May. I Have Mesothelioma. Can I Sue…
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