Louisiana Family Awarded $7 Million After Losing Mother to Mesothelioma
As is the case with many other wives and mothers, one of Myra Williams’ household chores included laundering her husband Jimmy’s work clothes each night when he came home from his job at Placid Oil Company. Jimmy worked on the company’s Ingersoll-Rand compressors, and this included changing gaskets and removing insulation from the machinery. Unfortunately, that insulation was contaminated with asbestos, which covered the clothing that his wife would later launder. Ingersoll-Rand was aware of the danger but provided no warnings, and Jimmy was never aware that he was putting himself or his family in danger. In 2015 Myra died of mesothelioma, a rare and fatal form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. This past week, a Louisiana jury provided her family with an award of $7 million in damages for their loss.
Though most of the people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are those who worked directly with asbestos-contaminated materials, cases of take-home asbestos exposure are not unheard of. Workers were unaware that the clouds of dust that enveloped them throughout their workday contained carcinogenic materials that put their own lives at risk, so thought nothing of bringing that same dust home on their hair, skin and clothing. Mesothelioma has been diagnosed in the spouses and children of these workers, as well as in administrative personnel in worked in offices that workers walked through, spreading the dust around them.
In the Louisiana case, it was established that Ingersoll-Rand had been aware of asbestos’ dangers as far back as the 1950s but chose not to provide warning to those who might come into contact with it. This lack of action has been determined to constitute negligence, and was all too common in the middle of the 20th century. It was not until the 1970s, when asbestos’ dangers become widely known, that companies set profit aside and took action to protect their employees and customers, but by then it was too late. Tens of thousands have been sickened as a result, and billions have been paid out in damages to those like the Williams family who have lost loved ones.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you need a compassionate, knowledgeable attorney to advise you of your rights and to hold those responsible accountable. The mesothelioma law firm of Danziger & De Llano is here for you and will provide you with legal guidance and information at no cost to you. Contact our office today to learn more.