$25 Million Awarded in Asbestos Related Suit
Posted on March 23rd, 2011 by Zane Cagle
A jury recently delivered a $25 Million verdict in an asbestos lawsuit against a major oil company brought by a former employee. It is one of the largest verdicts ever handed down in a Virginia personal injury case. After almost three weeks of trial in Newport News Circuit Court the seven-member jury began deliberating on Wednesday morning and reached a verdict by Thursday morning.
The jury awarded $12 million in compensatory damages, $12.5 million in punitive damages, and $430,961 in medical expenses plus interest; thus bringing the total to about $25 million. The victim was 72-year old man of Carrollton, Virginia. He was employed with the oil giant from 1966-1977 as a repair supervision on commercial vessels at a shipyard. Decades later, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly asbestos-related cancer. Apparently, he developed mesothelioma from breathing billions of asbestos fibers while at the yard. His life expectancy is approximately two more years and he can expect a painful
The plaintiff’s attorney described the decision as “a good, old fashioned horse whipping”. The jury awarded two and half times what the plaintiff was asking for and it is expected that the oil giant will appeal the decision. The appeal process could continue for two or more years according to The Baltimore Sun.In the suit, it was contended that the oil giant knew about the asbestos problems while developing rules as refineries beginning in the 1930’s but took no steps to warn shipyard workers or crewmembers. The oil giant contends the shipyard, not the oil giant as responsible for worker safety.
No doubt many will be watching the appeal process.
If you or a family member has been injured due to the negligence of another, call Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm for a free consultation to determine if you have a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Call (314) 276-1681