LA Jury: $8.45 Million Verdict for Pipefitter’s Mesothelioma

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Our law firm has a strong history of fighting for pipefitters and their loved ones and survivors in the quest for recovery in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits for injuries from wrongful exposure to asbestos that resulted in mesothelioma and other deadly diseases.

On August 28, a Los Angeles state court jury awarded $8.45 million to a pipefitter’s surviving son after the father, Robert Swanson, had been exposed to asbestos in insulation used in his work on boilers. According to The Virginian-Pilot, the jurors found that the company Weil-McLain had contributed to the father’s mesothelioma by distributing the dangerous insulation for use with its boilers.

Witnesses reportedly testified that Weil-McLain bought bags of pure asbestos that had warning labels but repackaged the asbestos into plain bags without warning labels for redistribution to customers.

Pipefitter Asbestos Risks

Pipefitters as well as steamfitters, plumbers and boilermakers have historically faced the danger of asbestos exposure through their work with potentially asbestos-containing materials, known as ACMs, like insulation, sheeting, felt, diatomaceous earth, gaskets, packing, cement filler and other ACMs in large-scale settings like industrial sites, commercial buildings, shipyards and more.

Anyone who has worked in these professions suffering from an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or another illness should speak with an attorney as soon as possible to understand potential legal remedies. Similarly, survivors of pipefitters who died from these diseases should talk to legal counsel about the possibility of wrongful death suits.

Recovery in these kinds of lawsuits can bring compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of companionship, lost earning capacity and more, and in extreme cases, punitive damages meant to punish wrongdoers.