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Mesothelioma Sufferer Receives $41M in Negligence, Failure to Warn Verdicts

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  • Mesothelioma Sufferer Receives $41M in Negligence, Failure to Warn Verdicts

    Two jury verdicts in related cases will result in a retired plumber receiving a little more than $41 million from a company that made products containing asbestos and a company that forced the man to work those products. Jurors decided both the negligence and failure to warn lawsuits in favor of the plumber because they determined that the companies knew exposure to asbestos could cause the plumber health problems but did little to alert the man of the health risks or protect him from becoming ill.

    The verdicts are relevant to railroad workers -- especially those who retired and now have lung problems ranging from asthma to cancer -- because rail companies have, and had, a duty under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act to warn employees about the dangers of working with and around asbestos. My fellow FELA plaintiff’s attorney Rick Shapiro has written about the cases and the asbestos/mesothelioma issue for rail workers at railroadaccidentfelalawyers-dot-com/2011/07/16/mesothelioma-victim-receives-41m-from-jury-that-found-companies-failed-to-warn-about-asbestos-dangers/ .
    John Cooper
    Norfolk, Virginia
    [Railroad/FELA Attorney-
    Licensed: VA, WV, and NC]