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Saturday, May 1, 2010

$208.8 Million Awarded in California Asbestos Case

A Los Angles jury awarded $208.8 Million in what has been recognized as the largest asbestos verdict ($200 Million punitive damages) in the State of California.  The case involved a household contact exposure to asbestos fiber. The wife of the asbestos worker was exposed to asbestos fiber on the clothes of her husband that he brought home and that she cleaned.

Liability was apportioned 70% against CertainTeed Corp and 30% against the Los Angles Department of Water and Power.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and knowledge of the relationship of human exposure to asbestos fiber and mesothelioma, a rare malignancy, has been known since the 1920's. Cases for household contact exposure to asbestos fiber are common.

In Paterson NJ the Union Asbestos and Rubber Company Plant (UNARCO) was the subject of a sentinel study by the late Irving J. Selikoff, MD, who found that of the 933 workers who were employed during the war years, over 300 had died by 1976 of asbestos related disease, and that household contact illness and disease was very prevalent.

Click here to read more about asbestos related disease and claims for benefits. For over 3 decades the Law Offices of Jon L. Gelman 1.973.696.7900  have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered asbestos related illnesses.