A Kentucky man who served in the Navy for nearly 30 years as a fireman and boiler tender and now has mesothelioma was recently awarded a $32 million asbestos settlement for injuries and pain/suffering by a New York jury, according to WSAZ-TV report.
Ronald Dummitt was awarded the settlement on August 17. The verdicts stated that he would receive $16 million for past pain and suffering, and $16 million for future pain and suffering he will endure as he battles mesothelioma.
“Mr. Dummitt may not have been awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor or a Purple Heart but I, and all that have come to know him, recognize that he is a true American hero…. Unfortunately, no man can give Ronald Dummitt’s health back to him. This verdict represents all that a just and civil society can do to redress the harm caused by culpable companies who fail to protect innocent workers whether on the job or in the line of duty,” said Timothy Eves, Dummitt’s attorney.
It was determined during the trial that Dummitt was exposed to asbestos while working in the fire and boiler rooms of U.S. Navy ships between 1960 and 1977. Much of this exposure occurred when he had to repair Crane Co.-manufactured valves that utilized asbestos-containing pads, gaskets and packing.
The jury also found that Dummitt was exposed to asbestos when working with deareating feed tanks manufactured by Elliott Turbomachinery Co., Inc., which also used asbestos pads and manhole gaskets.
For those who have served in the U.S. military and now suffer from mesothelioma cancer, asbestos law dictates that some may be entitled to financial compensation from companies that manufactured or sold asbestos products and may be at fault for the illness. Contact a mesothelioma attorney if you have any questions about pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit.