A Sarasota, Florida man has been awarded $14 million after a Miami-Dade jury decided that the asbestos he inhaled caused his abdominal cancer, according to a Miami Herald report. William Aubin, 59, worked in his family’s construction company in Key Biscayne in the 1960s. Asbestos fibers, made by the chemical giant Union Carbide, were used then to make joint compounds. Union Carbide sold the asbestos to Aubin Construction and Aubin’s attorney argued that the product was not adequately labeled as containing asbestos.
The jury found the Union Carbide was negligent for selling the asbestos fibers to Aubin Construction. Aubin eventually developed peritoneal mesothelioma which is a rare and usually fatal cancer of the lining of the abdominal cavity and organs. Another Florida man was awarded more than $24 million by a Miami-Dade jury when he contracted the same illness.
Mesothelioma is usually caused by exposure to asbestos and most people who develop mesothelioma have worked in jobs where they were exposed to asbestos particles or dust. You can even increase your risk by being exposed to dust from the washing of clothes of a family member who worked around asbestos. Symptoms include chest pain shortness of breath and fatigue and wheezing.
The jurors also found that the compound manufacturers, among them Georgia-Pacific, shared in some of the responsibility. This verdict will be appealed in that delay and deny is part of the game. Aubin may never see a dime. And for the executives in charge who made decisions for the company at the time, they suffer no personal or civil losses. Instead, shareholders in the company suffer the losses. If you or a loved one has worked around asbestos knowingly or not, it may be necessary to preserve your rights and contact a Jacksonville injury lawyer if you are suffering the symptoms of mesothelioma.