Earlier this month, we wrote about a $2.4 million verdict that was awarded to a former Navy veteran who had developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos throughout his decade of service on Navy ships. Now, another former naval shipyard employee has been awarded damages after almost 20 years of working in the boiler rooms of several Navy vessels resulted in a diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma.
As with the earlier Navy asbestos lawsuit, the plaintiff named multiple companies as defendants, alleging that they negligently supplied asbestos-laden parts to the seven Navy ships on which he worked between 1960 and 1977. Specifically, the plaintiff accused Crane Co. of supplying valves and related parts containing asbestos, and Elliot Turbomachinery Co. Inc. of supplying lagging pads and gaskets that contained the harmful fibers.
Following his almost 20 years of Navy service, the veteran developed pleural mesothelioma, a form of the disease that is concentrated in the chest lining, or pleural cavity. In general, mesothelioma takes several years, usually even decades, to develop following exposure to asbestos. After it is diagnosed, however, it carries a very short and painful life expectancy.
Last week, a jury found that both companies were negligent in continuing to provide the asbestos-laden products despite the known harm caused by asbestos. The plaintiff was awarded $32 million in damages for his pain and suffering, with 99 percent of the legal responsibility assigned to Crane Co., and just 1 percent assigned to Elliot Turbomachinery. Neither company has indicated whether they plan to appeal the jury verdict.
Source: AboutLawsuits.com, “New York Pleural Mesothelioma Lawsuit Results in $32M Verdict,” August 19, 2011