$17-million verdict obtained by Philadelphia asbestos lawsuit
Philadelphia mesothelioma verdict for two families that lost their breadwinners to job-related asbestos exposure.
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December 22, 2009 -- A Philadelphia jury has confirmed a $17 million verdict for the families of two men who died of mesothelioma cancer caused by occupational asbestos exposure.
Breadwinners for both families, the two men had been exposed over time to asbestos-containing materials while working for John Crane, Inc. and Garlock Sealing Technologies, defendants in the families’ mesothelioma lawsuit.
The filing of a mesothelioma lawsuit against culpable parties (usually the employer or an asbestos manufacturer) is an attempt to recover expenses associated with the cancer. This can include compensation for medical expenses, lost income and suffering.
Details of the case
Before the verdict was determined by the jury, John Crane agreed to a confidential settlement, making Garlock the only remaining defendant in the case.
Garlock argued their gaskets could not have contributed to the development of mesothelioma, even though the company’s gaskets contained approximately 75 to 90 percent asbestos.
The “smoking gun” shown to the jury came in the form of a document that Garlock had previously sought to exclude from the case. This document provided evidence of Garlock admitting that their gaskets could cause mesothelioma. Unsurprisingly, Garlock entered into a confidential settlement shortly thereafter.
Garlock Sealing Technologies manufactured asbestos products between 1907 and 1980. Some of these products included asbestos cloth, gaskets, and packing material. The products are used in diverse industries such as mining, refining, manufacturing, power plant, chemical plant and steel.
John Crane, Inc. is known for manufacturing seals and associated products for the chemical, pharmaceutical, paper, mining, oil and gas industries. In the past, the company was most popular for its packing material and gasket products.
The personal injury law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg has protected the legal rights of asbestos-injured workers since 1986. And in that time the firm's mesothelioma lawyers have won several billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients injured by occupational asbestos exposure.
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