Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that poses hazards to humans. It is known to cause mesothelioma, a type of aggressive cancer that affects the membrane linings in the abdomen and lungs. There is no cure known at this time for this disease, but some treatments are available to help improve the prognosis of sufferers.
Asbestos was once used in many factories, chemical plants, shipyards and homes. Its use is highly regulated now, after the hazards were determined. Even the family members of those who worked with asbestos were in danger due to the asbestos fibers that were often brought home from the workplace.
There have been many lawsuits filed over asbestos exposure. One such case was filed in June 2012 by the widow of a man who died in 2010 from malignant mesothelioma. He had worked as a sheet metal mechanic and helper for E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co for more than 30 years. The man's widow alleged in the complaint that the company did not do enough to protect her husband and other works from exposure to asbestos.
The plaintiff was awarded $2.3 million in the case that was filed against multiple defendants. The defendants filed a motion after the trial, alleging a number of problems with the verdict and the trial process. Some of those problems included incorrect jury instructions by the judge and inaccuracies with the plaintiff's expert witness' testimony.
A trial judge in Philadelphia affirmed the verdict, though. The defendants have appealed the decision, and the judge asked the state's Supreme Court to agree with his decision.
Wrongful death lawsuits are filed by the families of those who have died due to another's recklessness or negligence. Personal injury attorneys provide invaluable assistance to their clients as to who should be named as a defendants and how best to proceed with such cases.
Source: pennrecord.com, "Phila. judge affirms $2.3 million plaintiff's verdict in asbestos wrongful death case" Jon Campisi, Dec. 05, 2013