Wallace & Graham, P.A.
Helping Asbestos & Mesothelioma Victims Nationwide
Call For A Free Consultation 888-698-9975
To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us in person, via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options.

$7 million verdict awarded in asbestos death case

North Carolina residents who worked in close proximity to asbestos-containing products, such as pipe fitters, plumbers and boiler installers, are generally thought to be the typical asbestos victim. Another class of victims is now emerging - wives who contracted an asbestos-related disease after years of washing their husband's asbestos-contaminated clothing.

A state court trial judge in Baton Rouge recently awarded $7 million in damages to the children of a woman who was exposed to asbestos fibers during the many years she spent laundering her husband's work clothing. The woman's husband was employed at Placid Oil Company, where his job duties included replacing worn gaskets and removing insulation. In performing these duties, he was regularly required to climb over equipment that was covered with asbestos dust. When his wife washed his work clothes, she inhaled asbestos fibers that had been carried home. She died from mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer with one known cause: the inhalation of asbestos fibers.

The wrongful death lawsuit was started by the children of the deceased wife. The principal defendant was Ingersoll-Rand, the manufacturer of the compressors on which the husband had worked. Evidence at trial proved that Ingersoll-Rand knew about the hazards of asbestos in the 1950s, but that it took no steps to either ameliorate the hazard or provide adequate warning of the hazard.

"Take home" asbestos suits may become more common as knowledge about this type of asbestos hazard becomes widespread. Anyone who feels they or a loved one may have been exposed to asbestos fibers that were brought home from the workplace on clothing or otherwise may wish to assess the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, loss of companionship, lost income and pain and suffering.

Source: Courthouse News Service, "Take Home' Asbestos Death Nets $7M Verdict," Sabrina Canfield, May 13, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

No Matter Where You Are, We're Here For You

Based in North Carolina, Wallace & Graham, P.A. represents clients nationwide. Call 888-698-9975, or contact us online for a free case evaluation. Our skilled and caring attorneys will explain your rights and fight for the justice you deserve.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

This site uses Google's Invisible reCAPTCHA, which is subject to Google's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The Law Offices of Wallace & Graham

525 N. Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

Toll Free: 888-698-9975
Fax: 704-633-9434
Salisbury Law Office Map