Florida Man Awarded $14 Million After Mesothelioma Diagnosis
In a recent trial taking place in Miami, Florida, a 59-year-old man has been awarded more than $14 million for being exposed to asbestos and eventually developing the rare cancer peritoneal mesothelioma.
A Miami jury found the chemical manufacturing company Union Carbide negligent for selling asbestos fibers to other companies, which later used them to make joint compounds utilized by construction companies.
William Aubin, the man diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, was exposed to such joint compounds while working for his family’s construction company during the 1970s. Because asbestos was incorporated into more than 3,000 building products at its height of use, construction workers are at an increased risk for developing an asbestos-related disease.
Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma. Exposure can occur by either inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers, after which time they can become lodged in the lining of the lungs, heart or abdominal cavity. Due to the latency period of symptoms, which can range between 20 and 50 years after exposure, the average mesothelioma life expectancy for patients after diagnosis is four to 18 months.