A former Miami, FL construction firm owner’s family has just received a mesothelioma settlement of $14 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The jury from Miami Dade County decided that William Aubin’s family should be awarded the sum from chemical manufacturer Union Carbide. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer and exposure to asbestos is almost always the cause.
The disease can often take 15-40 years to appear and usually starts in the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) or the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma). The typical victims only averages about 1 year of life post-diagnosis.
Mr. Aubin’s exposure to asbestos resulted because he operated a construction firm that used asbestos-containing Union Carbide products for over 40 years, said his mesothelioma attorney. Many of the asbestos manufacturers were well aware of the potential hazards of their product, yet concealed this information from the public. As a result, the area of mesothelioma law has evolved to help compensate victims.
In the case of Mr. Aubin, the jury awarded the $14 million because Union Carbide was found negligent for selling their asbestos-containing products without listing a warning label that dangerous mineral was present. Union Carbide was not the only defendant as four of the compound manufacturers selling UC’s products were also found liable.
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