New York Mesothelioma Lawsuit Ends In $1 Million Dollar Verdict

On November 12th of 2010, an Onondaga County jury returned a $1 million dollar verdict in a mesothelioma lawsuit filed against John Crane. The lawsuit was filed by a gentleman who worked on tugboats as early as 1954. During the years he worked on a tugboat, he was exposed to gaskets and packing material that contained asbestos.

Asbestos lawsuits like this are fairly common. For many years, gaskets and packing material used in marine valves and pumps contained asbestos. Individuals who worked with those valves and pumps often became exposed to the asbestos by scraping or otherwise cleaning out older gaskets and packing material. The confined areas of ships makes it even more likely that asbestos fibers will be recirculated for other crew members to breathe.

Unfortunately for the plaintiff in this lawsuit, the money came too late. He died before the verdict, but his wife continued the lawsuit. One of the things that I do as an asbestos lawyer is to talk to my clients and their families about whether they would like to continue their asbestos lawsuit if the injured person passes away before a jury can render a verdict. It’s always better to sort details like that out while the injured person is still alive and able to make decisions.

The name of the case was Richard Schuderer, et al. v. John Crane Inc., et al., and the case number was 2008-8545.

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