Jerry “Doy” Coogan spent a lifetime fixing up backhoes, cranes and hot rods, and a Washington state jury recently found that his hobbies lead to his death. The jury awarded $81.5 million after determining his frequent use of Napa-brand auto parts lead to his death from mesothelioma in 2015 at age 67, according to Law 360. (more…)
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In February, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals broke away from precedents set by other states, ruling Janis Kelly could not receive damages for the loss of her husband’s companionship after he died in 2015 from mesothelioma because prior cases in the district had established that claims start for asbestos-related disease when symptoms appear.
Specifically, it ruled that she could not bring claims against defendants Georgia-Pacific Union Carbide Corp. because under common law loss of consortium, the parties must be married when the injury occurs to recover damages. Kelly has appealed the ruling to the Florida Supreme Court, according to Law360. (more…)
Several occupations are known for a high risk of asbestos exposure — pipefitters, mechanics, shipyard works and demolition crews just to name a few. A new study shows the potential risk dental industry workers have for developing malignant mesothelioma, though their profession is not usually associated with asbestos. (more…)
Canada’s Saskatchewan province has more workplace fatalities due to asbestosis than any other ailment or injury, according to last year’s annual report. Of the 31 total workplace deaths in the province — a slight decrease from 2015 — one was due to heart attack, four were due to motor vehicle injuries, nine were listed traumatic deaths and 14 were related to occupational diseases. Thirteen of the 14 occupational disease deaths were caused by asbestosis. (more…)
Comedian Quincy Jones’s presentation at the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference was titled “Asbestos is Still Legal? You Must Be Joking…” It’s a theme that connected many of the stories mesothelioma warriors shared at the conference: Those diagnosed with mesothelioma did not realize asbestos was even still legal in the United States. (more…)
A jury in Dallas award $8.8 million to the family of a Bell Helicopter employee who died from mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that can affect the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen and is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was once used in many manufacturing and construction products for its heat resistance and flexibility before it was found to be a human carcinogen. (more…)
In the midst of the federal government and other states taking aim at “double-dipping” into asbestos trusts, the state of Idaho’s House Judiciary Committee shot down a similar amendment earlier this month. (more…)
More than 45,000 people have died from malignant mesothelioma from 1999 through 2015, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released last week, and the annual number of deaths increased from 2,479 deaths in 1999 to 2,597 deaths in 2015. (more…)
Residents of a remote town in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia are calling on the government to step in and address possible asbestos exposure due to a building purchased with government money.
Members of the Tennant Creek community are calling for health checks to determine whether the town’s children are suffering from asbestos exposure after entering the unoccupied building, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. (more…)
Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals broke away from precedents set by other states last month, ruling a widow could not receive damages for the loss of her husband’s companionship after he died from mesothelioma.
According to the Daily Business Review, the court ruled 2-1 that construction worker John Kelly’s widow, Janis, cannot recover damages under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act for the loss of her husband’s companionship because his asbestos exposure occurred a few years before their 1976 wedding. The two had been married for nearly 40 years when he died in 2015 from mesothelioma, a deadly cancer linked to the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos. (more…)