Mesothelioma Lawsuit - $14M Awarded To Construction WorkerBy Jayita, Gaea News Network
Friday, May 28, 2010
FLORIDA (GaeaTimes.com) — A Mesothelioma lawsuit filed by William Aubin against Union Carbide earned him $14 million. Aubin, a Sarasota construction worker was awarded by a Florida jury.
Aubin had filed complaint against the chemical manufacturer and several other defendants such as Georgia-Pacific for their failure to warn construction companies against their compound, made of asbestos.
Aubin started fighting against these companies after he was allegedly diagnosed with Peritoneal Mesothelioma in the 1970s. Before that he used to work for his parents’ construction company, Key Biscayne.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. The disease is caused by exposure to asbestos and inhaling asbestos fibers. The rare form of cancer is found in the chest and lung. But unlike lung cancer development of mesothelioma is not related to smoking.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is a fatal and rare form of the disease that affects the abdominal cavity. Only 30% of Mesothelioma cancer cases are diagnosed as Peritoneal mesothelioma.
Asbestos which is the root cause of the disease is mainly used in several manufacturing and construction companies. Although the most use of asbestos were banned in mid 1980s, the number of mesothelioma deaths toll is rising each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
Asbestos mesothelioma lawsuits are the longest running mass movements by the people of U.S. Over 600,000 people have filed lawsuits against 6,000 defendants after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis or other asbestos-related diseases.
The award for Aubin was announced last week, when a Miami jury had determined that Union Carbide was chiefly responsible for Aubin’s cancer. However, they didn’t refute the possibility of other defendants having shared the similar responsibility.