Mesothelioma is an incurable, rare type of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure. In recent years, several manufacturers of asbestos have faced numerous class-action lawsuits regarding this link. Recently, an employer has reached a settlement with the widow of a school employee who died of mesothelioma.
Knox County, located in Tennesse, has reached a tentative settlement with the widow of a former high school teacher who died from mesothelioma.
The deputy law director for the county, David Sanders, refused to comment on the settlement that was reached with the family of Mike LaSorsa, a former teacher at South-Doyle High School.
The settlement comes just a week after the school system confirmed that there is asbestos in the roof decking of the high school library. The school has since closed the library and sent notices home to the parents of students.
County officials state that they have no plans to inspect any additional schools for asbestos. The schools’ maintenance staff conducts inspections for the material in areas where it might be found.
LaSorsa had sued the school prior to his death in 2011 from mesothelioma. In a deposition, LaSorsa described seeing particles from large pipes wrapped in “white stuff.” He further stated that he kept rags for the students to dust off their desks.
The school stated that the material will be removed after the conclusion of the school year in May. The approximate cost of the removal will be about $250,000.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and worked in an industry where you were exposed to asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the law offices of John Foy & Associates. The “Strong Arm” attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.