It’s been fifty years since 75-year-old Wayne Meissner was exposed to asbestos while working for Eastman Kodak, and that’s how long it took for his malignant mesothelioma to make itself known. Last month a jury in Monroe County, New York heard the details of his exposure during the personal injury lawsuit he filed against Kodak subsidiary Ridge Construction. That jury awarded him $8 million in damages.
Mesothelioma Victim Was Exposed to Asbestos While Working As A Civil Engineer
According to testimony presented to the jury during Meissner’s mesothelioma lawsuit, he had worked as a civil engineer at Kodak Park, serving as a monitor and inspector on an asbestos spray job assigned to Ridge Construction.
The jury was presented with evidence that the president of Ridge Construction was well aware of the fact that asbestos was a dangerous carcinogen yet did nothing to protect Mr. Meissner from exposure. His family representative called his impending death from the fatal disease “100 percent preventable.”
$8 Million Jury Verdict Is One of Monroe County’s Biggest
The $8 million in damages provided to the mesothelioma lawsuit represents one of the most significant verdicts in an asbestos case in Monroe County’s history. The verdict was broken down into $2.5 million for Meissner’s past pain and suffering, with $3 million in future pain and suffering, $2 million for loss of services and society, and $500,000 for loss of consortium. Eight percent of the $8 million was assigned to the construction company and the remaining amount was to be split between three other defendants that have filed for bankruptcy.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, there are many resources available to help. For information about how to access those resources, contact the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net today at 1-800-692-8608.