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Family of mechanic to receive $12.5M after asbestos kills loved one

$12.5 million in compensation was recently awarded by a Manhattan jury to a family whose loved one died of lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos, an article of the New York Post reported on November 4.

Reports revealed former Caterpillar employee George Cooney, 67, died from lung cancer in 2014. In the lawsuit filed by his family, George was initially exposed to asbestos while he worked for Caterpillar as a mechanic. Caterpillar was known to sell products containing asbestos. Even after the jury became aware of George’s lifestyle as an excessive smoker, their decision was based on a 1968 study that concluded smokers have a higher risk of dying from lung cancer when exposed to asbestos compared to non-smokers. Though Caterpillar was liable for George’s death, they will settle 55 percent of the award as the jury believed George’s lifestyle also contributed to his death.

Unfortunately, asbestos is known to be hazardous when inhaled by anyone, even those who are considered healthy. If you believe you developed an illness linked to asbestos exposure, working with a skilled legal team is critical to help you receive the compensations you need for recovery. Speak with a skilled attorney today by filling out the contact form on this page to find out how you could pursue damage claims against negligent parties.

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