A jury in Florida hit Georgia Pacific LLC with a $9.4 million verdict last week in a construction worker’s lawsuit. The man alleged that he worked with the firm in Saudi Arabia decades ago with products that contained asbestos.
He claimed that the work caused him to develop mesothelioma, which is a deadly, painful form of cancer that attacks the lungs’ lining and is associated with exposure to asbestos.
The jury agreed, setting total damages at $17 million. However, they found that Georgia Pacific should bear 55% of the blame for the man’s cancer. They stated that the worker himself bore some responsibility, and 30% of the blame was assigned to another company.
The plaintiff’s attorney stated after the verdict that he was pleased with the outcome, and that it was a very challenging case. He noted that the discovery process was tough because the worker was exposed to the product in the Middle East. That meant that counsel had to put together documentation from many sources, including port records and the man’s passport.
Our team of mesothelioma personal injury attorneys in Virginia is pleased that Georgia Pacific had to pay up in the above case. In our experience on mesothelioma railroad cases, we find that many corporations attempt to cover up their responsibility for occupational diseases related to asbestos exposure.
Our lawyers often successfully sue for damages for terminally ill railroad workers, and we have worked through many boxes of evidence over the years. In many cases, railroad companies starkly ignore warning signs of asbestos exposure in their workers. Yet, many railroads STILL used asbestos in their engines, cabooses, train brakes and rail yard equipment years after it was banned by the EPA in 1989
Anyone who thinks they or a family member has developed mesothelioma from job-related asbestos exposure, know that time is short. These sorts of claims usually are governed by the Federal Employers’ Liability Act; there is a three year limit on filing such a suit against a railroad employer. It means that you have three years from the date when your knew or should have known that the disease was related to railroad employment.