Jury Awards Mesothelioma Victim’s Family $17 Million

A federal jury in Arizona has actually granted an overall of $17 million to the making it through partner and kids of an employee who passed away of mesothelioma cancer triggered by direct exposure to asbestos.

In December 2012, George Coulbourn submitted an item liability action in Mohave County Superior Court. He declared he was exposed to business’ asbestos-containing items and/or equipment while working as a machinist for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, from 1959 to 1966, court records reveal.

After Mr. Coulbourn passed away of mesothelioma cancer in August 2013, his partner and kids modified his grievance and brought a wrongful death action, records reveal.

On Friday, following a three-week trial, a U.S. District Court of Arizona federal jury granted $6 million to Mr. Coulbourn’s widow, Sandra Brown Coulbourn, and $1 million to each of his 3 kids, George Charles Coulbourn Jr., Scott Alan Coulbourn and Shannon Coulbourn Moses, according to court records and a declaration by the household’s legal representatives at Dallas-based Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett P.C.

Amongst the more than 20 offenders are Stamford, Connecticut-based commercial items business Crane Co., which was bought to pay Mr. Coulbourn’s household $5 million in compensatory damages, and Cincinnati, Ohio-based valve producer William Powell Business, which was bought to pay $3 million in compensatory damages, according to the decision.

In addition to the $17 million award, the jury discovered the United States Navy to be 47 % accountable for Mr. Coulbourn’s injuries and death. It discovered Crane and William Powell to be accountable for 20 % and 5 %, respectively, while other offenders were examined a 1 % or 0 % obligation score.

Asbestos is resolved in U.S. Occupational Security and Health Administration requirements for the building market, basic market and shipyard work sectors. The requirements need that “companies offer individual direct exposure keeping track of to examine the threat and risk awareness training for operations where there is any possible direct exposure to asbestos,” to name a few things.