Mesothelioma Patient’s Family Awarded Over $2 Million

Bloomington, IL – A McLean County jury has awarded more than $2 million in a mesothelioma lawsuit. The family of Juanita Rodarmel, who died of the asbestos related cancer, received the verdict after three days of jury deliberation.
Mesothelioma is usually contracted after exposure to asbestos. Rodarmel contracted the disease because of her own exposure to asbestos fibers which were clinging to her husband’s work clothes. Since the asbestos fibers are microscopic, they can cling to fabrics and be transported on clothing or shoes. Rodarmel’s husband, Leslie Corry, was a worker at the former Union Asbestos & Rubber Company in the 1950s. Rodarmel was exposed to the fibers on a regular basis, when she laundered the contaminated clothes. Asbestos was once widely used in many different industries because of its strength, durability, and resistance to fire and heat.. It has been phased out of use in the United States; however it has not been banned.  It is still used in small percentages and remains intact in older structures. When the asbestos-containing material is disturbed, its microscopic fibers are released into the air, where they can be inhaled or ingested. The fibers, which can be curly or needlelike, lodge themselves into the lining of the lungs and chest cavity, known as the mesothelium. They can then develop into malignant pleural mesothelioma. Mesothelioma has an long latency period, and several decades can elapse before the disease becomes symptomatic. For this reason, it’s often not diagnosed until it has reached the latest and most fatal stages. The jury in the Rodarmel case also awarded $100,000 in punitive damages against Pneumo Abex, LLC and $400,000 against Honeywell International, Inc., which attorneys for the family argued had conspired with several other firms to suppress information about the dangers of asbestos. The other companies named included Johns-Manville, Raybestos-Manhattan, Owens-Illinois, Owens Corning, and Metropolitan Life Insurance. Union Asbestos & Rubber Company later changed its name to UNARCO.