We have all seen the T.V. advertisements in regards to Mesothelioma and the effects that exposure to asbestos can have. Most of the commercials seem promise big money settlements from top law firms. Lawyers will fight for your rights and get you what you deserve. Well, for years I always thought those commercials were more of a scam than they were legit. Well, I was wrong.
I found these settlement massive and quite interesting so I wanted to share them.
Settlement Examples by State
Missouri – In 2011, a circuit court judge in Missouri approved a $10 million settlement awarded to Nancy Lopez, a Jackson County courthouse employee exposed to asbestos during a renovation project done by the U.S. Engineering Company.
Montana – A Montana judge in 2011 approved a $43 million settlement in Libby, Montana. But because the settlement covered more than 1,300 miners and their families, individual settlements ranged from only $500 to $61,000.
New Jersey – The family of a New Jersey construction worker received a $2.1 million settlement after he died of mesothelioma, but a Navy veteran received settlements totaling $461,000 after he developed asbestos-related lung cancer.
New York – A boilermaker in New York received a $3.7 million settlement after developing lung cancer from asbestos exposure. A building maintenance worker received a $2 million settlement after developing mesothelioma.
Verdict Examples by State
Virginia – The family of former shipyard worker John K. Bristow of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was awarded $9.18 million in February 2012. The jury in that trial determined that asbestos manufacturer John Crane, Inc. was responsible for the mesothelioma cancer that killed him. Crane was one of six companies named in the lawsuit, but the only one that didn’t settle before the trial began.
California – In the largest verdict of its kind in New York history, a jury awarded $190 million to five workers in July 2013. The jury found two boiler companies, Burnham and Cleaver-Brooks, negligent and reckless, which caused the plaintiffs to contract mesothelioma. Weitz & Luxenberg said the verdict was the result of 18 months of research and preparation.
New York – In the largest verdict of its kind in New York history, a jury awarded $190 million to five workers in July 2013. The jury found two boiler companies, Burnham and Cleaver-Brooks, negligent and reckless, which caused the plaintiffs to contract mesothelioma. Weitz & Luxenberg said the verdict was the result of 18 months of research and preparation.
Mississippi – Thomas Brown Jr., who once worked in the oil fields of Mississippi, was awarded $322 million for future medical expenses, pain and suffering and punitive damages after a jury determined that Union Carbide Corporation and Chevron Phillips Chemical were liable for his asbestosis. The verdict, famous for being the largest asbestos verdict in U.S. history, was overturned on appeal in 2012.
So there you have it. Mesothelioma is a serious issue, but it is also big, big business in the legal world.
…and now you know!