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South Carolina Jury Awards $14 Million in Asbestos Case

The family of a South Carolina man who died from asbestos mesothelioma cancer has been awarded $14 million. The suit alleged that the man’s deadly cancer from asbestos exposure was caused by working at a polyester plant for years.

The jury found that the owner of the polyester fiber facility, Celanese Corp., was negligent because it failed to warn workers or provide protection from asbestos.

The worker, Dennis Seay, died in 2014 from mesothelioma at age 70. He was diagnosed in 2013, and he worked at the Celanese plant from 1971-1980. The attorney for the family stated that in his final year of life, his lungs collapsed 10 times and had to be drained 11 times. This caused him terrible pain and suffering.

Whether a worker was employed at a polyester plant or a railroad, large corporations have a notorious history for covering up the dangers and risks of working with asbestos. As mesothelioma personal injury attorneys, we have seen large stacks of evidence that prove that many railroad companies knew for years that asbestos was dangerous to worker health. Yet they often did not warn employees, nor did they provide proper safety equipment.

We have handled many asbestos exposure cases caused by railroads, and wherever you worked, you should expect the company to fight your claim. They usually will do one or more of the following:

·        They will argue that your mesothelioma was caused by something else. Lawyers will try to point to any other cause for your cancer – genetics, smoking or where you lived.

·        No matter how long you worked there, the company will likely try to avoid paying you. For most corporations, the bottom line is all that matters. This is why you have to use an experienced FELA attorney who understands all the games that big corporations play to deny asbestos cancer claims.

·        They may try to drag the case out for years. Even if you have a strong case, their attorneys may try to drain you of funds and force you into settling for a lower amount.

You can maximize your settlement by working only with the most experienced asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers.


Richard N. Shapiro
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Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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