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$7.7M awarded to bus operator’s widow in Syracuse asbestos lawsuit

A total of $7.7 million was recently awarded by a Syracuse court jury to a woman after her husband succumbed to mesothelioma after prolonged asbestos exposure in his workplace, syracuse.com reported on January 6.

Reports said Mary’s husband Lewis Nash, 81, died of mesothelioma cancer in 2012 after he was exposed to asbestos fibers in a garage where school buses were repaired or maintained. A lawyer representing Nash’s family said some of the bus parts contained asbestos and contaminated the air in the garage. The buses owned by Fayetteville-Manlinus school, where Lewis worked for more than 30 years as a driver, were obtained from Navistar. Late last year, the jury ruled that Navistar was accountable for Lewis’ death after his family and other witnesses gave their testimonies. The amount awarded, considered to be the largest settlement awarded for asbestos exposure in Syracuse, was given to the family to compensate them for taking care of Lewis and for Mary’s loss.

Aside from great physical and emotional pain, families who lost their loved ones after being exposed to asbestos also suffer from great financial difficulties. When asbestos is inhaled, people are at risk of developing fatal mesothelioma cancer. If you want to know more about asbestos danger and how a lawyer may work for you, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Chicago-based companies face fines for asbestos exposure

Six companies were cited in Chicago for allegedly exposing their workers to hazardous asbestos in one of their renovation projects at a school in Evanston, a Chicago Tribune article stated on December 31.

Reports said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the state’s Department of Public Health found out that the workers were possibly exposed to asbestos while renovating the cafeteria of Chute Middle School last summer. Aside from the possible asbestos exposure of workers, asbestos-laden debris in the construction was mishandled. OSHA is proposing to impose a fine totaling to $132,000 on the companies involved. The six companies were given 15 days to challenge the citations filed against them.

Workers are at high risk of developing mesothelioma cancer as a result of asbestos exposure in their workplace. However, if negligent parties are liable for your asbestos exposure, treatment funds may possibly be given to you. Learn more about asbestos hazards in the workplace and how lawyers may help you with your condition today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

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