A Maryland Court upheld a couple’s $7.2 million mesothelioma verdict. Though the defendants in the case appealed the damages the couple won, Justice Stuart Berger of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland agreed with the jury that asbestos exposure from a construction project at a Maryland high school caused the husband’s mesothelioma.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies six types of asbestos minerals: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite. Although all commercial forms of asbestos are carcinogenic, there are differences in their chemical compositions.
Asbestos once filled countless U.S. homes and businesses in the form of insulation and heat-protecting materials. Throughout the construction boom following WWII, asbestos was a key element in thousands of industrial and household products. This included drywall, wiring, glues, and adhesives, ceiling tiles, cement, and shingles.
Some of these asbestos products remain in old structures and are usually harmless. This is as long as no one disturbs the substance. The harmful natural mineral exposed workers on the job, but others, including their family members, also faced secondary exposures at home and environmental exposures in communities that mined or processed asbestos.
Mesothelioma Verdict Upheld
While working on a construction project as a steamfitter at a high school, a man inhaled asbestos in insulation products. Wallace & Gale produced the insulation. This company eventual filed bankruptcy and formed the Wallace and Gale Asbestos Settlement Trust. A jury decided that Wallace & Gale products caused the man to develop mesothelioma. Yet, the trust fought the verdict.
After reviewing the case, the judge ruled that because of the man’s proximity to the company’s asbestos-contaminated products, it had been enough to show that it was probable that Wallace & Gale was liable. The man spent four months of the construction project in the school’s boiler room. The boiler room had the largest quantity of asbestos.
If Diagnosed with Mesothelioma
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