The United States has known about the dangers of asbestos for many decades. States in the nation have struggled to remove asbestos from structures built before its dangers were known. Despite standards surrounding the use and removal of asbestos, it is safe to say that people still suffer from mesothelioma/asbestos-related illnesses. This is especially so for those who were raised in the mid-1900s.
A California family has received a massive judgment against a well-known American brand for the 2015 asbestos-related death of a loved one. A civil jury has recently ordered Hillshire Brands Co. to pay $13 million for the death of a 61-year-old man who was sickened with mesothelioma, a cancer commonly associated with asbestos.
The man grew up in a town in which Hillshire operated a sugar beet refinery that contained asbestos. While the victim never worked in the factory, he played nearby and was exposed to asbestos when the factory dumped the material onsite. Several of his family members did work at the refinery, which may have contributed to his illness. The jury in this case found that Hillshire “acted negligently while operating the refinery in the ’50s.”
Perhaps an important hinge point of this case is that at the time the plant allegedly mishandled the substance, the dangers of asbestos were already known to scientific, industrial and medical communities. The news source did not indicate if other people who lived in the community suffered from similar mesothelioma/asbestos related illnesses.
It is never too late to seek justice through the law when you are harmed by negligence and wrongdoing. This is so in the state of Illinois as well as the rest of the nation.
Source: Santa Maria Times, “Orcutt family wins $13M wrongful death suit against Hillshire Brands Co.,” Gina Kim, Aug. 21, 2017