Mesothelioma Victim Awarded $8.75 Million Has Only Months to Live
Beaverton, OR: He’s 65, a father, a grandfather and a few years into his retirement, looking toward his twilight years that statistically should number about 17. That translates into a life expectancy that would take him into his early eighties. But it has not worked out that way for David Hoff, a resident of Beaverton, Oregon. Hoff is living with a diagnosis of Mesothelioma. He’ll be lucky if he sees 67, as opposed to 82.
Report: Number of Asbestos Claims Dropped in 2015
Washington, DC: A report issued by a product liabilities consulting firm suggests the number of asbestos lawsuits in 2015 is down slightly from 2014. But the same report notes that the number of defendants has increased. Asbestos lawsuits have been filed by people who became ill after their exposure to the carcinogen, alleging people were not properly warned about the risk of serious, fatal illnesses associated with asbestos exposure.
Asbestos Mesothelioma: Italian Study Uncovers a New Wrinkle
Pavia, Italy: For years, Mesothelioma has been seen as the most common form of asbestos cancer linked to asbestos exposure. But there are others. And now, according to an Italian study, there is even more to worry about: specifically, cancer of the kidney that has been linked to asbestos exposure.
Massachusetts Firms Settle Allegations of Improper Asbestos Removal
Oxford, MA: A compelling aspect of any asbestosis lawsuit or issue concerning the health risks of asbestos are the hazards associated with the removal of asbestos. Those hazards affect not only workers tasked with removal of the known carcinogen, but also members of the general public and passersby who may inadvertently be exposed to free-floating asbestos fibers without knowing it.
Death Rates for Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Higher in Charleston
Charleston, SC: It’s been some 20 years since the naval shipyard at Charleston, in South Carolina, closed for good. And while there were thousands of lost jobs in connection with the closure, the Post & Courier (3/17/16) reports that some have lost more than their jobs in association with a facility that served as an employment hub for Charleston for some 95 years. To that end, the death rate in the region for asbestosis, asbestos cancer and asbestos mesothelioma is double the state rate and even higher than the national average. Little wonder that many families turn to an asbestos lawsuit for compensation.
Asbestosis Class-Action Lawsuit Promises Many Twists and Turns
Hartford, CT: A most interesting asbestosis lawsuit is percolating in Hartford, Connecticut, that carries various storylines and potential outcomes: alleged asbestos exposure at the workplace when the employer had emphatically stated there was no asbestos present, followed by testing that confirmed there was; an asbestosis compensation lawsuit recently approved for class-action status even though Workers’ Compensation law may prohibit some plaintiffs from participating; a class-action lawsuit skewed toward future medical monitoring given that exposure occurred within the last six years, whereas it can take decades for asbestosis disease to develop…
Ford Motor Co. to Face Asbestos Lawsuit
San Francisco, CA: A San Francisco family who filed an asbestos lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. has been given the go ahead to continue their lawsuit against Ford and two other defendants. A state appeals court reinstated the lawsuit finding that the family provided enough evidence that a jury should decide whether or not Ford was responsible for the victim’s asbestos exposure, which resulted in his developing mesothelioma.
Mammoth Asbestos Trial Scheduled This Month in Kentucky
Owensboro, KY: An asbestosis lawsuit brought by plaintiff Doris White and scheduled to go to trial this month underwent some changes in December of last year, although the case was preserved.
Asbestos Mesothelioma Widow’s $2.3 Million Award Delayed Yet Again
Philadelphia, PA: It was back in April of last year when an appellate court affirmed a lower court’s verdict and ruling to award $2.3 million in compensation upon the conclusion of an Asbestos lawsuit brought by Frank and Charlotte Vinciguerra.
Illinois Couple Taking on a Host of Defendants in Asbestosis Lawsuit
Belleville, IL: Since Lee Sturdivant was diagnosed with asbestosis lung cancer in early 2013, he and his wife Betty have proven not to be shy about pursuing an asbestosis lawsuit in the courts of law. To that end, the Sturdivants are taking to task no fewer than 70 firms, together with insurance juggernaut Metropolitan Life, in their asbestosis disease claim.
Daughter Files Lawsuit Alleging Familial Asbestos Exposure
Toledo, IL: A woman has filed an asbestos lawsuit against more than 50 companies alleging she suffered familial asbestos exposure, causing her to develop serious health problems. Familial asbestos exposure is exposure experienced by people whose family members worked around asbestos and brought asbestos home on their clothing, exposing their family members to the fibers.
NPR Reports on “Third Wave” of Asbestos Disease
Clermont, FL:: If people thought asbestos litigation was about to drop off the radar, they’ll need to think again. NPR recently released a report on the “third wave” of asbestos disease, which includes asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Now, younger people are at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases when the dormant carcinogen is disturbed and inhaled by people working around it.
A Curious State of Asbestos Affairs in the State of Illinois
Chicago IL: A rather interesting state of affairs is brewing in the state of Illinois with regard to limitations on legal action surrounding asbestos mesothelioma. To wit, the highest court in the state has ruled that a pair of existing state laws effectively bars plaintiffs from bringing an Asbestos lawsuit for injuries that are more than 25 years old.
Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Asbestosis Lung Cancer Victim
Baton Rouge, LA: A former cargo worker who was diagnosed with asbestosis disease in 2011 will have his medical costs covered following the ruling of an appeals court in an asbestosis lawsuit.
Jury Awards $14 Million in Asbestos Lawsuit
Spartanburg, SC: The family of a man who died of mesothelioma has reportedly been awarded $14 million in their asbestos lawsuit, which alleged that the man’s mesothelioma was linked to his time working at a polyester plant. In awarding the $14 million, the jury reportedly found that the owner of the polyester fiber plant, Celanese Corp., was negligent in neither posting warnings about, nor providing protection from, asbestos exposure.
Asbestos Lawsuit Nets $3.5 Million
Florence, AL: The family of a woman who died of mesothelioma allegedly due to secondary asbestos exposure has been awarded $3.5 million in their lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority. The woman’s husband died of asbestos-related illness almost 20 years ago, and it was allegedly through him and his work that his wife was exposed to asbestos.
Washington Appeals Court Upholds $4.5 Million Mesothelioma Verdict
While the asbestos mesothelioma victim did not live to see this day, the family of the late Edwin Estenson is nonetheless cheered by the stance of the Washington State Court of Appeals in upholding a $4.5 million damage award in an asbestos lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc. (Caterpillar), the industrial machinery company.
$13 Million Asbestos Verdict against Colgate-Palmolive Over Talcum Powder
The mesothelioma verdict was handed down quietly back in April, but it has huge implications for any consumer and would-be plaintiff who may have used talcum powder manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive. And with 95 percent liability, the defendant winds up with the largest share of the $13 million asbestos jury verdict.
Mesothelioma Lawsuit Results in $1.42M Award
A mesothelioma lawsuit filed against John Crane Inc., has resulted in a $1.42 million award to the family of a man who died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos. The victim, William Voelker, died in 2013 and his widow, Janet Voelker, continued with the lawsuit alleging William’s work in the U.S. Navy caused his mesothelioma.
Thousands of Asbestosis Lawsuits Dismissed, but Plaintiffs Can Refile
More than 30,000 asbestosis lawsuits have been dismissed from a multidistrict litigation in Texas because plaintiffs have not been able to prove they have a certain level of breathing disability. The lawsuits have been filed without prejudice, meaning plaintiffs who are able to provide evidence of breathing problems due to asbestos exposure can refile their asbestos lawsuit.
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