The Jere Beasley Report states that a 17-year employee for the Seariver Maritime, Inc and Exxon Shipping Co. was awarded $8,000,000 by a jury in San Francisco, California on May 14, 2008. The jury found that the worker was frequently exposed to benzene and other toxins during the course of his employment there which led to his developing kidney cancer. His job required that he clean tanks and unload cargo, and the jury found that Exxon was negligent in providing a safe work place and that his exposure to the dangerous conditions on the job caused his cancer.
The jury awarded the plaintiff $350,000 for loss of future earnings, $1,125,000 and for pain, suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life in the past, and $6,525,000 for pain, suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life in the future.
This specific form of cancer has struck my family and is a scary ordeal to face. Hopefully the plaintiff’s verdict will assuage his medical costs and treatment, and his former employers will ensure that no one else is similarly exposed to those conditions. I wish him and his family the best of luck in the future.
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