Widespread use of asbestos during the 20th century by a wide variety of industries has left a toxic legacy. Only now are we seeing the full impact of the problem, as many serious asbestos-related illnesses can take fifty or more years to fully develop.
Conditions such as asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma, and lung cancer are always very serious and often fatal. For some time, the legal system has recognized that companies are culpable for carelessly exposing the public to toxic asbestos fibers. Every asbestos exposure case is different, but some settlements have been truly astounding.
In 2001, a Mississippi court found against Union Carbide for $322 million in a single case involving one worker who had contracted asbestosis from working with asbestos drilling mud on board an oil rig. Union Carbide had claimed that they were unable to meet their obligation to warn the plaintiff of the dangers associated with asbestos drilling mud, because he could not read. The verdict was later overturned, when it was revealed that the judge in the case had a family member who also had an asbestos claim against Union Carbide.
While most asbestos settlements are not this shocking, claims are often resolved for very significant amounts of money. In the largest mesothelioma verdict in New Jersey history, a jury awarded $30.3 million to a man who contracted mesothelioma from asbestos fibers brought home on the clothing of his brother and father while they worked for General Motors. The 2008 case was later upheld by an appellate court.
In 2012, a Los Angeles jury awarded the family of a mesothelioma victim $48 million in compensation from Union Carbide, including $1 million in damages for every year the company continued to produce asbestos following an internal memo admitting that the substance caused cancer.
Asbestos Victims: Maximize Your Chances of a Successful Settlement
Every asbestos exposure claim is different, however engaging a reputable, successful asbestos litigation firm is key to attaining financial compensation for asbestos-related illness. The only law firm in the Pacific Northwest exclusively devoted to mesothelioma cases, Bergman Draper Oslund has obtained more than $700 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.
For example, we obtained a $6.1 million settlement for a 47 year old man who developed mesothelioma from asbestos fibers carried home on his father’s work clothes, and $2.97 million for a 57 year old man who worked as water department worker for the city of Walla Walla. Read more about our outstanding history of successful asbestos claims.
In the past five years, we have served more mesothelioma victims than any other firm in the Pacific Northwest. Maximize your chances of a successful settlement, by engaging a quality mesothelioma law firm, today. Call Bergman Draper Oslund for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.