Jury returns $2 million asbestos injury verdict for woman who cleaned her husband’s asbestos laden work clothes

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Norman Landau had taught his son Doug that workers exposed to asbestos could get illnesses such as mesothelioma and asbestosis from the fibers that got into their bodies.  The Senior Landau had won compensation for wives of asbestos workers who had lost their husbands to these diseases and who had contracted these diseases simply by shaking out and cleaning their spouses work clothes.  Unfortunately, these types of tragedies continue deceased after Norman Landau tried these cases and made new law…

A McLean County, Illinois jury returned a $2 million verdict in favor of the family of a woman who died from asbestos exposure-related cancer. The plaintiff died from mesothelioma lung cancer after she laundered the work clothes of her first husband, a former worker at Union Asbestos & Rubber Company.  The jury heard testimony about how this woman was exposed to toxic asbestos fibers when she washed the work clothes of her first husband. Her spouse was employed at the former UNARCO Industries plant in the 1950s. “Asbestos related diseases are “latent diseases,” which means they sometimes take years or decades to manifest themselves and cause irreversible harm, according to Virginia occupational disease lawyer Doug Landau.  The lawsuit named Union Asbestos & Rubber Company, UNARCO Industries Inc., Pneumo Abex, Honeywell International, Inc., Johns-Manville, Raybestos-Manhattan, Owens-Illinois, Owens Corning and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as Defendants.

The Plaintiffs proved at trial that the company conspired, with a long list of product manufacturers and other businesses, to conceal information about the hazards of asbestos. The companies involved in the concealment of information agreed not to warn employees, consumers, and area residents about the dangers of direct and secondary exposure to asbestos materials. The jury also returned $100,000 in punitive damages against Pneumo Abex and $400,000 in punitive damages against Honeywell International. Exposure to asbestos fibers can cause asbestos-related illnesses and diseases like mesothelioma lung cancer, for which there is currently no cure.    If you or someone you know has been harmed by chemicals, products or occupational diseases, please e-mail us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., or call 703-796-9555 today.

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