Jury awards $60 million to estate of asbestos victim

23 Apr 2018 by under Legal

whistleblower reward justice 375x210 100x100 Jury awards $60 million to estate of asbestos victimA Manhattan jury awarded a landmark $60 million to the estate of a man who died from the rare lung cancer mesothelioma after working for years in a plant contaminated with .

Pietro Macaluso of Sacramento, California, worked in construction from 1972 to 1982, and worked in a cloud of asbestos dust from boilers while doing home improvements and working as a plumber’s helper. Had he worn protective clothing, like the now-required coveralls that protected his entire body including footwear, head covering and gloves, his life could have been spared, his attorneys said. At the very least, he should have been warned of the risk by his employers. Instead, Pietro developed and died at the age of 56, leaving behind two children who are now 11 years old.

Pietro’s lawsuit targeted A.O. Smith Corp.

Since the 1920s, the medical profession has linked asbestos to mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs or other organs. Asbestos is a strong fire-resistant mineral that was commonly used in a wide range of building construction materials for insulation and friction protection. In the 1970s, after more publicity about the dangers of asbestos, its use began to decline.

But cases of mesothelioma continue to be diagnosed. That’s because it can take 15 to 50 years for symptoms to present. Once they do, the disease usually proves deadly within 12 to 24 months.

Even though asbestos use has declined greatly in the U.S., and those who do work in asbestos-contaminated environments wear protective clothing, asbestos exposure can still occur. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) estimates that more than a million American employees in construction and general industries face significant asbestos exposure on the job.

The family members of these workers are also at risk of secondary asbestos exposure because asbestos fibers can cling to workers’ clothing and then be inhaled by others in the household.

Source: Law360

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