Asbestos Company Attempts to Dodge $4 Million Jury Award to Mesothelioma Victim
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For mesothelioma victims, one of the most difficult aspects of dealing with their diagnosis is the fact that their illness could have been avoided if only the company that provided the asbestos to which they were exposed taken appropriate precautions or warned them of its dangers. This is particularly true for veterans with mesothelioma, who must also deal with the fact that they were sickened while serving their country. Though there are some companies that have established asbestos bankruptcy trusts that provide compensation to victims and acknowledging their responsibility, other organizations continue to fight and defend themselves. In these cases, mesothelioma law firms representing victims often find themselves winning a suit, then having to counter repeated appeals in order to ensure that their clients get the justice that they deserve.
The case of Scapa Dryer Fabrics, Inc. is a perfect example of an asbestos company fighting hard to deny compensation to a victim. The organization was found responsible for having exposed Roy Knight to asbestos and being partially responsible for his diagnosis of mesothelioma. Knight had worked in the company’s Georgia plant as an independent contractor between 1967 and 1973, and testified to having been exposed to asbestos from two sources in that environment. He also filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against two other companies, both of whom agreed to a settlement agreement. When the jury heard the testimony in the case, they assigned forty percent responsibility, and a $4.1 billion award, to Scapa and the other 60 percent of responsibility to the other two companies, but Scapa appealed the verdict to the Court of Appeals, and upon the appeals court upholding the verdict they then appealed again to the state Supreme Court, which is expected to hand down a ruling in the next few months.
The argument that Scapa’s attorneys made to both the appeals court and the Supreme Court questioned several aspects of the case, but most notably the validity and reliability of the scientific evidence provided by the expert witnesses hired by Knight’s mesothelioma law firm. That testimony explained the cumulative effect of asbestos exposure, and has been presented numerous times in other mesothelioma lawsuits over the years, but Scapa’s attorney calls it “flimsy” and claim it should have been disallowed.
This type of argument may be frustrating to veterans with mesothelioma and other victims, who simply want to receive compensation for the wrong that has so clearly been done to them and their families. The attorneys at mesothelioma law firm Danziger & De Llano understand this frustration and work hard to make sure that their clients are prepared for this type of defense. We want you to understand the process at every step so that you will feel in control and confident. To hear more about the legal counsel we can provide, call us today.
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