Mesothelioma is a malignant cancer that is primarily associated with the inhalation of asbestos fibers. While it usually develops in the lining of the lungs, it may also develop in the abdomen or the heart. Symptoms include shortness of breath and chest pain. The typical life expectancy after diagnosis is twelve months. However, treatment such as surgery or chemotherapy may improve the prognosis. Most of the people who suffer from mesothelioma are people who have worked blue-collar jobs such as firefighters, power plant workers, and shipyard workers. Veterans who served in the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Army are also affected.
Legal News Online reports that a Maryland court has upheld a $7.2 million judgment in a mesothelioma case.
The Court of Appeals of Maryland stated that a lower court did not abuse its discretion in a case that involved a $7.2 million award to a former Honeywell employee. The employee said that he was injured due to exposure to asbestos that occurred on the job.
Edward Busch, Jr., and his wife, Kathleen Busch filed suit against Honeywell. Busch began working for Honeywell in 1971 where he installed thermostats, sensors, relay stations, systems to control fans, and automatic temperature control devices.
Busch claimed that he was exposed to asbestos during his work at Loch Raven High School, despite wearing a respirator. He cut magnesia block in the boiler room of the high school.
Busch was initially part of a suit involving seven plaintiffs, but the number was reduced to four before going to trial. He was originally awarded $14.5 million, but the award was reduced to $7.2 million because cross-claims were absent.
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