On April 19, 2019, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded $4,397,716 to a family after finding an American multinational conglomerate company 40% liable for the death of a family member due to mesothelioma. This family member co-owned bowling ally in Los Angeles from 1957 to 1986. He died in 2013 after years of drilling out finger holes in asbestos filled bowling balls. Discarded brake lining dust containing asbestos from the multinational conglomerate company’s brake manufacturing plant in Troy, NY, generated fifteen tons of waste every day. This company chose to sell it as filler to commercial manufacturers rather than pay money to dispose of it safely. Ebonite was one of the most popular balls in the 1960s and 1970s. The family member routinely drilled Ebonite balls in a small room with no protective mask. No one informed him that the Ebonite balls contained asbestos.
The jury found that the brake manufacturing plant failed to adequately warn of potential risks and the company’s negligence was a substantial contributor to the man’s mesothelioma.
The family was represented by attorneys at Waters Kraus & Paul. Plaintiff’s attorney stated “This was completely preventable. The family should not have lost their son nine years early due to manufacturing plant’s greed. Asbestos brake dust should have never gone into a single bowling ball. ” The jury found that the company’s asbestos waste presented “a danger to persons using the products as intended.”
Asbestos.com tells us that asbestos causes malignant diseases such as lung cancer, pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma, and it is the number one cause of occupational cancer in the world. “The vast majority of patients with asbestos-related diseases are men in their 60s or older. This is because asbestos-related diseases have a very long latency period, often taking decades to develop, and they usually trace back to occupational exposure at workplaces historically staffed by men.”
Asbestos lawsuits are personal injury suits filed by plaintiffs who have suffered as the result of asbestos-related illness. Defendants in asbestos lawsuits are alleged to have caused asbestos exposure and the resulting serious health issues. Asbestos expert witnesses are experienced in evaluating whether manufacturers, employers, landlords, etc., are responsible for asbestos exposure. Contact ForensisGroup to retain an experienced asbestos expert witness for your case.