An Australian grandfather was awarded $1.3 million (in U.S. currency) in damages after his mesothelioma left him unable to care for his family.
Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive cancer that attacks the tissue lining of the heart and lungs. It’s almost always the result of asbestos contact. The man in question, Mario Perez, 68, worked as a bus depot laborer from the 1970s until 1990, says an article in Australia’s ABC News. During his time as depot worker, Perez was in contact with asbestos from gaskets in bus engines and pipes (and also when a roof was removed in 1987).
After his mesothelioma symptoms appeared, it spread to his spine and left him incapacitated. Prior to that, Perez spent three days weekly caring for four of his grandchildren and his wife, who has a debilitating cardiac condition. His asbestos law firm had argued that the care he provided should factor into the settlement total. The Australian Dust Diseases Tribunal, which oversaw the settlement, agreed and considered his diminished capacity to care for his family when determining the final amount, as ABC reported.
“We live in a world where grandparents are often very involved in caring for grandchildren and we are very pleased this has been recognized in this judgment,” said an asbestos attorney from Perez’s law firm. “Understandably, Mr. Perez will no longer be capable of providing these invaluable services to his family as his disease progresses and his condition deteriorates, she said.
In the United States, mechanics like Mario Perez are at high risk of exposure to asbestos. Because of its ability to resist heat, friction and chemicals, asbestos was once widely used in brakes, clutches, valve rings, hood liners, and other automotive parts. Over 6 million mechanics have been exposed to asbestos from brake dust since 1940, says one estimate. Research indicates that these exposures contribute to almost 600 asbestos-related deaths each year.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and have developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related condition as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A successful mesothelioma lawsuit can help pay medical bills and other expenses. Contact the experienced mesothelioma attorneys at Sokolove Law to get a free case evaluation today.