Dow Chemical Co. must pay nearly $6 million to a former worker after a Louisiana jury found the chemical manufacturer liable for his diagnosis of mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos products at work.
Attorneys for plaintiff Sidney Mabile claimed that he developed the asbestos-related cancer after his alleged exposure while working at the Dow facility in Plaquemine, according to Law360 (subscription required). The Plaquemine plant one of the largest petrochemical facilities in Louisiana still uses asbestos for processing. Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer.
Dow is only liable for up to a third of the total verdict because the jury also held two other companies co-defendants McDermott Shipyards and Sewart Seacraft responsible for Mabiles alleged exposure.
According to Law360, one of Mabiles attorneys said that internal company documents show that Dow fought against a proposed ban on asbestos by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because moving to non-asbestos processing methods might have cost it $1.2 billion. Dow was able to continue its use of asbestos in its plants, which may have put thousands of its workers at potential risk of exposure.
Dow plans to appeal the verdict, according to a company spokesperson.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Sokolove Law today to learn more about your legal options, which may include an asbestos lawsuit.