Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that’s used in many construction materials because of its insulating and fire-resistant properties. However, exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma.
This risk of developing cancer has led to millions of sickened workers filing lawsuits against the companies who failed to warn them about the risks involved with handling materials tainted with asbestos. One such case recently resulted in a Moore, Oklahoma, man being awarded a total of $6 million in compensation.
According to an article from Tulsa World, the 51-year-old victim claims he was exposed to asbestos throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s through dust on his father’s clothes, who was a homebuilder and remodeler at the time. The exposure continued when the victim worked as a construction laborer and auto mechanic after that.
The man was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2012 and filed suit soon thereafter, claiming three companies were responsible for his exposure to asbestos and his development of cancer. A jury agreed and awarded the man compensatory damages to cover medical and hospital expenses, as well as pain, mental anguish, and physical disability. No punitive damages were awarded in this case.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we recognize the difficulties that can accompany a diagnosis of mesothelioma. That’s why our Oklahoma defective product lawyers are hopeful the decision that was reached will bring the victim a sense of peace and closure.