Asbestos Verdict Against Glassmaker in Ohio (OH) Likely to Be Appealed
Left alone, it is harmless. However, when asbestos is disrupted, its harmful fibers can be released into the air to lodge themselves in victim's lungs. Incurable diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma can then result. Companies have a responsibility to the public to warn them when they may come into contact with asbestos. If they do not, tragedy can occur, such as in the case below:
On Monday, March 14, 2011, major glass manufacturer Owens-Illinois, Inc., stated that it plans to contest the verdict recently rendered against it by a McLean County, Illinois (IL), jury for than $40 million in damages. The case involved alleged injuries to a victim from asbestos. Honeywell International, Inc., Pneumo Abex, and John Crane, Inc., were additional companies named in the suit. The total jury award from all three companies came to approximately $90 million. Owens-Illinois is based in Perrysburg, Ohio (OH).
The victim alleged he contracted mesothelioma while working as a pipe fitter, and that the named companies concealed information about the risk of asbestos from him. Owens-Illinois denies that it conspired to conceal any information.
Cases like this one, where a great deal of medical evidence is called for, can be difficult for the layperson to prove. Specialized personal injury attorneys with specific experience in asbestos cases, are often necessary to see that a claim is filed successfully. If you or someone you love was harmed by asbestos exposure, contact our attorneys for a free consultation. While we can't guarantee to take your case, we are glad to review it for no charge.