A jury has awarded Henry and Geraldine Barabin $10.2 million in their lawsuit against Scapa Dryer Fabrics, Inc. and AstenJohnson. The lawsuit involved asbestos exposure and the development of mesothelioma. The two companies heavily incorporated asbestos into their products and workers nearby the manufacturing process were at a very high risk of being exposed to the toxic mineral. Henry Barabin worked for the two companies as a laborer between 1964 and 2001. His first work was at the Texaco Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas from 1964 to 1968. He then worked at the Crown Zellerbach paper mill in Camas, Wash. from 1968 to 2001.
Mr. Barabin was exposed to asbestos dust that was released from asbestos-containing dryer fabrics during normal handling, replacement disposal and cleanup operations. One of his jobs included cleaning out the paper machine’s dryer fabrics during maintenance and shutdown periods. It was alleged that the asbestos dryer fabrics were defectively designed and did not include warnings about the possible dangers of asbestos exposure.
Because of his exposure, Mr. Barabin was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in 2006. As we have reported, illnesses related to asbestos exposure are extremely life-threatening due to the severe latency period of symptoms. In many cases, victims of asbestos exposure unknowingly develop a disease before feeling any signs of occurrence. Depending on the disease, symptoms may take as long as ten to 50 years to arise.
As you may now know, Mesothelioma is particularly harmful as there is no cure for the disease. After diagnosis, most patients receive palliative care or enter clinical trials to help combat their condition. Average prognosis for mesothelioma is between four and 18 months. In addition to paper mill workers, other jobs that have had a history of asbestos exposure include those in the construction, shipyard, power and chemical plant, electrical and automotive industries. If you would like more information or have any questions about asbestos exposure, you can contact Mike Andrews (Mike.Andrews@beasleyallen.com) or Ben Locklar (Ben.Locklar@beasleyallen.com) in our office at 800-898-2034.
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