After spending 30 years in the Navy working as a boiler tender and fireman, one man developed mesothelioma. He filed a lawsuit for his substantial pain and suffering that resulted from the disease, and was recently awarded $32 million.
The dangers of asbestos exposure have been known for several years. Companies generally stopped using the toxic substance about 30 years ago when the link to several lung cancers was discovered. Besides employees who unknowingly handled asbestos before then, a number of people have been exposed at their own home. A judge recently ordered property owners of a low-income apartment complex to pay $60,000 in damages after failing to comply with a number of asbestos requirements.
People may be exposed to asbestos without ever working in a job that directly exposes a person to asbestos. In some cases, a person can be exposed if a family member worked around the toxic material. It can be common that people who worked in certain dustries carried asbestos particles home with them. Inhaling these particles can cause the wrongful death of an employee or one of his or her family members.
The process of litigation can be quite emotional. When a person is also suffering from a fatal disease, it can be even more so. A man who has been involved in a dramatic lawsuit against his former employer has certainly had his ups and downs. The victim was initially awarded $322 million in damages after he developed asbestosis on the job. However, the ruling was dismissed after the original judge was removed from the case.
In previous posts, we have taken a closer look at industries in which people may be exposed to asbestos. When a person develops a fatal lung disease such as mesothelioma, an investigation may take place to determine where or how he or she may have had contact with asbestos.
In many situations, people have no idea that they are being exposed to asbestos or other types of hazardous materials. But long-term exposure can result in the contraction of disease such as mesothelioma.
A healthy individual can contract a disease after being exposed to a dangerous material. One particularly dangerous material is asbestos. There are a number of different severe and fatal illnesses such as cancer and mesothelioma that can result from asbestos exposure.