Recently, the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division affirmed a $12 million verdict in favor of two consolidated asbestos cases. The companies Crane Co. and Tishman Liquidating Corporation (TLC) were held responsible for two workers' exposure to asbestos on the job, despite appeals from the defendants arguing otherwise.
The first plaintiff, Dave Konstantin, worked as a carpenter on several jobsites in which Tishman Liquidating Corporation (TLC) was the general contractor. TLC was found guilty of negligently supervising and controlling drywall work, where asbestos-containing joint compounds would be sanded down, creating breathable dust. The company was found 76% liable for his injuries.
The second plaintiff, Ronald Dummitt, was exposed to asbestos aboard Navy vessels as a boiler technician. Dummitt worked closely with Crane Co. valves containing asbestos packing and gaskets. Crane was found 99 percent liable for Dummitt's injuries.
Despite the two plaintiffs having different work histories and means of exposure, the court held that "both decedents were in the immediate presence of breathable asbestos dust released into the air while they were performing their duties." Both companies failed in their duty to warn workers about the dangers of asbestos exposure.
If you have been exposed to asbestos at work, there is a good chance that your employer let you handle the substance while knowing about the hazards it posed to your health. You might be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and more.