The families of two men from upstate New York who passed away from cancer caused by asbestos exposure have received monetary compensation from Goodyear Tire and Rubber and Goodyear Canada after the company was found to be at fault for causing the asbestos exposure that led to both of their 1998 deaths.
Both Eugene “Mac” McCarthy and Walter Koczur spent significant portions of their careers during the 1960s and 1970s working in professions that required daily exposure to sheet gasket materials that was manufactured by The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Goodyear Canada during the same time period.
While McCarthy worked as a heavy equipment engine mechanic during the late 1960s and early 1970s where he regular dealt with Goodyear-produced gaskets that contained asbestos, Koczur used the gaskets while working as a steamfitter from 1969-1973.
While McCarthy and Koczur never worked together, their lives became intertwined following their diagnosis and deaths from lung cancer in 1998 that was thought to have been caused by asbestos exposure. Their families joined forces in a lawsuit against Goodyear, alleging that the companies products had made them sick.
Following a five week trial, the jury agreed. Both Goodyear companies were found to be at least partially responsible for causing the illnesses that killed McCarthy and Koczur. McCarthy’s family won $8.5 million in a cash award from the jury, while the Koczur family was awarded $11.6 million.
For those receiving mesothelioma treatment who have previously worked in a profession where you were regularly exposed to high amounts of asbestos, there may be reason to speak with a mesothelioma attorney regarding a possible lawsuit.
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