After a nine-week trial, a Manhattan jury has awarded the family of an asbestos victim a record-breaking $60 million. The victim in the case was a laborer who worked on single-family homes in Brooklyn during the 1970s and ‘80s. His work required ripping out and removing asbestos-laden boilers from properties. The boilers were manufactured by three major boiler manufacturers who the plaintiff said knew about the dangers of asbestos, but did not warn the public.
The companies all claimed to have safety precautions in place in their factories to protect workers from the hazards of asbestos. However, attorneys for the plaintiff argued that they were not passing those warnings on to people like the plaintiff. As a result, the plaintiff did not have the opportunity to protect himself.
The plaintiff, who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in July of 2015, “sued the three companies a year before he died in July 2016,” reports the New York Post. He was only 56 years old.
The $60 million award, which is eight times the national average, will be split between the plaintiff’s 11-year-old twins and his girlfriend who told the Post that her loved one was “a great man and nobody should have to go through what he went through.”
“Nothing can bring him back,” she said, “and I’d do anything to never have had this happen, but I’m glad justice was served.”
The verdict is the largest asbestos award in the city since a $75 million verdict in January 2017.
If you have been exposed to asbestos on the job, at home or in any other environment, see your doctor immediately. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), so even small amounts of exposure could lead to asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. Although there is no cure for the disease, early detection often leads to better treatment options and outcomes.
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