Mesothelioma Attorney Obtains $7.5 Million Verdict
A mesothelioma attorney obtains $7.5 million verdict for New Jersey man exposed to asbestos at work.
It isn’t every day that a mesothelioma attorney sues a company whose president himself was a mesothelioma victim. And where that company continued to use asbestos in its products for years after its own president became ill. But a mesothelioma attorney recently obtained a substantial verdict in just such a case in New Jersey.
Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer. It is caused primarily by asbestos exposure. In the recent case, the victim was a Lake Hopatcong man. He claimed he was exposed to asbestos at work for over 11 years. He was employed by a heating and cooling company. The man was exposed to asbestos from working with cement, pipes, gaskets, and even rope. (Asbestos was widely used in many products prior to the 1970s).
The victim’s mesothelioma attorney also sued other companies, including boilermakers and various suppliers.
At trial, the jury awarded the victim and his wife $6.5 million in damages. The award was compensation for their pain and suffering. The award must be paid by the various companies sued, in various amounts.
The jury then added to its award another million dollars in punitive damages. Punitive damages are assessed to punish someone for intentionally bad conduct. In this case, the company punished was the one whose president had filed his own mesothelioma lawsuit. The mesothelioma attorney claimed that the company obviously knew the dangers of asbestos. Yet the company continue to use the deadly substance. The jury agreed with the mesothelioma attorney.
Some of the parties sued settled out of court, before the trial. I do not know the amounts those companies agreed to pay. However, those amounts were probably a lot less than the jury assessed the companies that did not settle.
If you or someone you know has contracted mesothelioma, you should contact a mesothelioma attorney immediately. There is a deadline for you to take action. If you miss the deadline, you will lose any right to compensation. Even if the person who contracted the disease is now deceased, his family may still be entitled to compensation.