A jury in Warren County, Miss., has awarded $7.6 million to a former sandblaster who developed severe silicosis. The verdict is the first silicosis case in Mississippi to be tried before a judge. Robert Eastman sandblasted for about 25 years at Marathon Letourneau in Vicksburg and used Mississippi Valley Silica Co. Inc.’s sand from 1963 until 1978. He now suffers from progressive pulmonary massive fibrosis as a result of severe silicosis.
There was substantial proof introduced at trial that Mississippi Valley Silica Co. Inc. knew that using sand while abrasive blasting caused the incurable, deadly progressive disease silicosis. As you may know, silicosis is an incurable, sometimes fatal lung disease caused by inhalation of silica, the primary ingredient in sand and most rocks. Mississippi Valley Silica is expected to appeal.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger
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